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by Baker McKenzie
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ESG and the rise of sustainable dealmaking

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are fast becoming a central part of how investors and companies are preparing for the future.

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The pandemic has stalled activist investors, but for how long?

Activist investors have had a quiet year, thanks to Covid-19. Even a group of investors renowned for their aggressive tactics were reluctant to publicly attack companies reeling from the impact of a global pandemic.

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Insect protein’s big push

As the world’s population rises, the demand for animal protein in particular is increasing the strain on the environment. As a result, hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in insect protein companies.

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Insects: an emerging protein source for animal feed

The world is continuously looking for alternative protein sources. The FT’s Paris Bureau Chief Victor Mallet discovers how insect protein is reinventing the food chain and alleviating pressure on feeding the animals that feed the world.

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by Lombard Odier
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Is Less Really More? From natural farming to natural capital

Our economy is in danger of cannibalising itself. Our planet's natural capital - soil, forests, water sources, minerals - is being depleted at a rate that is unsustainable. A shift if needed, but how?

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by Lombard Odier
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The start-up putting an end to food waste

Behind that unassuming façade, WISErg has spent the past decade working on a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest challenges to sustainability: how to process food waste.

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Covid-crushing technology for the office?

In the Covid-19 era, employers are looking at a range of innovations aimed at making workplaces safe. These range from materials that can puncture and kill viruses, to germicidal ultraviolet irradiation, to viral furnaces.

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The rise of Covid-safe technologies in the workplace, and beyond.

As economies return to work, a range of technologies are emerging to keep us safe from the coronavirus. Some are high-tech, expensive and still at the experimental stage, while others involve adjusting existing technology.

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Seaweed: sustainable crop of the future?

Limited land resources mean that seaweed farming could play a part in satisfying our ever growing demand for food and animal feed.

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Spacs: the blank-cheque blitz of 2020

Special purpose acquisition companies, or Spacs, have taken Wall Street by storm this year. Spacs are shell companies that raise money by listing on the stock exchange.

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Could carbon labelling soon become routine?

Half a century on from 'Diet for a Small Planet', what have we learnt about eco-friendly food?

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Audio feature: how to eat sustainably

How can impact investors maximise their returns - both financially and environmentally?

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Zero-waste restaurants tap growing appetite for sustainability

Their cost-effective business model may also help them weather the pandemic.

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China wakes up to the need for a greener diet

Meat consumption is high, but there is also a strong appetite for alternatives.

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Pandemic prompts rethink of food supply chains

Coronavirus has made it clear the need for a more robust and responsive food system.

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Tech start-ups tackle mountain of food waste

Artificial noses and antimicrobial mats can help, but there are no magic bullets.

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Why sustainable food could mean a better deal for workers

The days of consumers turning a blind eye to labour standards may be numbered

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by Rabobank
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How technology is helping cows capture carbon

Cows get a lot of blame for climate change, but a new virtual fencing system is enabling cattle to be a part of the solution.

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Is the world reaching ‘peak meat’?

Covid-19 has affected the supply of meat in the short term due to numerous slaughterhouse closures, but as the FT’s Emiko Terazono explains, even before the pandemic, meat consumption was showing signs of having peaked in developed countries.

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Masayoshi Son and the faulty crystal ball

In fairy tales, a crystal ball can be many things: it can reveal the future, but it can also be a malevolent charm.

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How SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son struggled with his crystal ball purchase

Why has Chinese dealmaking fizzled out? Due Diligence’s dynamic duo, James Fontanella-Khan and Arash Massoudi, answer this question in a brilliant comic book style video.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Can cross-border transactions fuel growth in a post-Covid world?

As the markets start to stabilise in the fourth quarter of a challenging year for M&A, a number of significant trends have emerged.

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Small is beautiful: private equity adapts to the pandemic

Digital transformation driven by M&A: what are the legal implications?

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by Baker McKenzie
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Digital transformation driven by M&A: what are the legal implications?

Digital transformation driven by M&A: what are the legal implications?

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by Baker McKenzie
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M&A in the wake of Covid-19: strategies for a healthy business

Several months into this global pandemic and businesses are facing a pivotal moment. Government reinforcement from bailouts and support schemes has been quick to land, but despite this injection of liquidity, the global economy will shrink by 5.2 per cent

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The Occidental megadeal that didn’t go quite as planned

M&A is tough. Megadeals can be even tougher. That’s exactly what Vicki Hollub, CEO of Houston-based Occidental Petroleum, discovered with last year’s $55bn takeover of US shale oil producer Anadarko Petroleum.

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How a big deal backfired at Occidental Petroleum

Last year Vicki Hollub, the CEO of Houston-based Occidental Petroleum, pulled off one of the biggest coups in the history of big oil.

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The restaurants moving towards zero waste

The hospitality industry can be incredibly wasteful, but a growing number of restaurants are moving toward a zero-waste policy of sustainability.

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Pulling carbon dioxide out of thin air

Agriculture’s entire food chain could account for up to 37 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Direct air capture: the technology that could help alleviate climate change

It sounds at first like science fiction: giant machines that suck carbon dioxide directly out of the air.

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Can meat-free products curb pet food's environmental impact?

The global pet food market is predicted to be worth $113bn by 2025. It’s a big business, but one that takes a toll on the planet.

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Supermarkets’ super struggle to make money from home delivery boom

Covid-19 has led to an ecommerce surge in grocery sales. But grocers are struggling to make any money from online home deliveries.

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by Lombard Odier
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Transitioning from a WILD to a CLIC™ Economy

Our current economic model is wasteful, idle, lopsided and dirty. It is WILD. But we believe a transition is underway to a circular, lean, inclusive and clean economic model. We call it CLIC™.

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by Lombard Odier
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Bacteria: a weapon in the fight for sustainable food

How Denmark's Chr. Hansen is using natural products in the transition towards a sustainable economy

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Can food innovation save the climate?

Alice Ross, the FT’s Deputy News Editor outlines the impact agriculture is having on the environment, and what can be done to alleviate the damage.

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Can we save the world’s climate by investing in food innovation?

Agriculture’s entire food chain could account for up to 37 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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by Rabobank
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Forests, farmers and food: The triangular challenge of building a sustainable food system

We owe our lives to Earth’s forests and yet we’re losing them at a rate of one soccer field every second.

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Carbon farming: fighting New Zealand’s agricultural emissions

Agriculture accounts for almost half of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. It’s one reason the government is encouraging farmers to grow trees for carbon credits, which can then be sold, mainly to large companies looking to offset their emissions.

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Globalisation – from slowdown to stasis?

Covid-19 won’t mark a turning point for globalisation itself, reveals new research from UBS, as it’s been in retreat for the better part of 15 years.

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Behavioural nudging: an effective way to promote food sustainability?

We may not realise it, but every day, decisions we make about food could be influenced by behavioural nudges.

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Could the coronavirus hasten the death of cash?

Cash is on the decline, and the coronavirus could well hasten its demise. During lockdowns, consumers shifted to online retail and were encouraged not to use cash, to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Investors show healthy appetite for food sector

While investors have long included global agribusinesses or food manufacturers in their portfolios, their interest in the mucky business of farming is increasingly focused on assets that advance two critical global goals

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Blended finance eases burden for farmers in poor countries

Global cocoa yields have tumbled by 12 per cent since 2006 as a combination of old trees, poor soil conditions, pests, disease and dated agricultural practices has started to reverse decades of progress.

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High-tech tools shine a light on sustainable farming

In late July, Nordea Asset Management, which controls assets worth $230bn, excluded the Brazilian meat behemoth JBS from its portfolio following a flurry of scandals

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Food proves hard for ESG investors to digest

Food is at the nexus of practically every major sustainability issue: what we eat today determines not just our own health tomorrow, but also that of the planet.

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French organic farming explores the unconventional

The French are embracing unconventional organic farming methods. In Paris, the FT’s Harriet Agnew visits what will be the world’s largest rooftop farm, and a company growing strawberries and herbs in shipping containers.

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Sustainability-linked loans: banking on a sustainable food system

In 2020, Swedish oat milk brand Oatly became the world’s first plant-based company to enter into a sustainability-linked loan agreement (SLL).

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by UBS
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Counter-Covid: Why we may live longer post-pandemic

UBS Research argues the Covid-19 pandemic could act as a catalyst to increased life expectancy over the long-term, thanks to improvements in health tech, a policy pivot on obesity and a positive shift in consumer attitudes towards health.

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Metagenomics: mapping the mysteries of soil

A typical teaspoon of agricultural soil contains more than a billion living organisms.

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The future of farming in drought-hardened Australia?

In Australia, droughts are becoming more frequent and severe, reducing agricultural output in a $36bn industry. Till the rains came early this year, farmers in New South Wales had suffered their worst drought on record.

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What’s the real carbon footprint of your food?

If you’re living in the UK, surely an apple imported from NZ has a bigger carbon footprint than one grown at home? Not necessarily, because factors at every stage of a food’s life cycle contribute to its overall carbon footprint, not just transport.

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by Rabobank
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Pollination 2.0: Could machine learning save the bees?

Bees are the guardians of global food security performing 80 percent of all pollination worldwide, but a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder is seriously threatening their numbers and impacting food production.

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A diet designed to save us, and the planet

Many people have far from healthy diets. At the same time, food production is exacting an enormous toll on the planet. Anjana Ahuja explores a diet created to address both problems.

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by Lombard Odier
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When summer destinations meet social isolation

The coronavirus pandemic prompted a huge drop in carbon emissions. As the travel industry begins to rebuild and the summer holiday season hits its peak, how do we ensure a green recovery?

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by Rabobank
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Restoring biodiversity by rewarding farmers

Demand for dairy is putting pressure on biodiversity; there’s no quick fix, but in the Netherlands a collaborative scheme across the value chain is unlocking sustainable entrepreneurship in an attempt to develop future-proof solutions.

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Vertical farming: a future way to feed urban populations?

By 2050 it’s estimated there’ll be over 6.5 billion people living in urban spaces, and vertical farming could play a growing role in feeding them. The farms use far less space, water and transport than traditional methods of farming.

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by Lombard Odier
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Biodiversity: the risks of living outside nature’s boundaries

From bacteria to blue whales and from fungi to flowers, the loss of Earth’s biodiversity and the subsequent damage to our ecosystem is one of the top ten dangers facing society today.

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by Refinitiv
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Build it green: Is data the key to green financing?

Primary school completion rates hit nearly 100% in Sudan and Tanzania with the installation of solar panels. This is how greener infrastructure can create fairer societies and boost economic growth.

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Buying more ugly food: an imperfect waste solution?

Every year, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted, enough to end world hunger many times over. One often-mooted solution to the problem is buying more so-called ugly food.

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Dutch farmers face pressure over intensive practices

Ruud Zanders is an unlikely candidate to be running a farm producing the world’s first carbon-neutral eggs.

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How green is your ice-cream?

Eating a mouthful of Magnum, Cornetto or Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, the typical consumer has little concern for the precise temperature at which it has been transported from the factory.

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Methane from manure offers green fuel revenue for US farmers

The rise of industrial-scale livestock farms in the US has put cheap meat on consumers’ plates, but it also has environmental costs. Among them are emissions of methane.

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Soil offers key to curbing climate change

Sarah Singla is a cereal farmer who does not know how to plough. That is a sign not of professional laxness, but of her dedication to the conservation agriculture that her father embraced.

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Thai rice farmers step up to tackle carbon footprint

Rampha Khamhaeng, a farmer in central Thailand’s rice-growing Suphanburi province, was sceptical when she first heard about a new farming method for paddy fields that could reduce both water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Audio feature: will coronavirus reduce food’s carbon footprint?

Emissions are likely to rise in the short term — but there is also a chance to build a more resilient food system.

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Fighting agricultural pests, the natural way

The Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of food. But right now, its livestock sector is facing a controversial environmental challenge: reducing its nitrogen emissions.

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Tackling Dutch agriculture’s emissions headache

The Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of food. But right now, its livestock sector is facing a controversial environmental challenge: reducing its nitrogen emissions.

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by Rabobank
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What's on the menu in 2050?

In just three decades’ time, the world will have two billion more mouths to feed, requiring food production to ramp up by more than 50 per cent.

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Audio feature: on the frontline of deforestation in the Amazon

Lessons from Brazil could have wider implications for global food production. This is the first audio feature for a series of FT Special Reports on sustainable food and agriculture.

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Conflict over fertile lands threatens Nigeria’s food security

After being shot in the gut, a young pepper farmer lies still and silent in a rickety hospital bed in the farming town of Miango in Plateau State, central Nigeria.

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Hazelnut sourcing spreads discontent for Italy’s Nutella

For many across the world who eat Nutella, it is simply a tasty hazelnut cocoa spread that can be enjoyed on toast or sometimes straight out of the jar.

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Planting crops with trees drives ‘magical’ reforestation in Costa Rica

Aldo Sánchez surveys a field of lofty banana trees, with cacao plants bursting with fruit nestled beneath. “Two and a half years ago, this was pure pasture,” he says. Indeed, his neighbour’s field is just grass.

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São Tomé and Príncipe grows premium cocoa in fragile tropical soil

The southeastern corner of the tiny island of Príncipe, about 200km from mainland west Africa, hosts the raw material to make some of the world’s best chocolate, says local farmer Arlindo dos Ramos, taking a golden cocoa pod from a short tree.

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Scientists probe soil biodiversity’s effect on crops and carbon

The most enjoyable science activity of my middle years at school involved soil biodiversity. We poured jugs of mustard water on to squares of grass and earth — and counted how many earthworms and other invertebrates escaped the irritating liquid.

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Vertical farming finally grows up in Japan

Sitting in an anonymous science park a few kilometres north of Nara, an ancient Japanese capital, the Keihanna plant looks like any other factory churning out auto transmissions or electronic components.

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by Lombard Odier
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Decarbonisation: plotting the path to net zero

There is limited time left to reduce emission levels and mitigate climate change risks, but the path to net zero will bring with it significant investment opportunities

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How coronavirus is changing global shipping routes

The pandemic has put intense pressure on the flow of ships from Asia to the west.

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by Lombard Odier
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Build Back Better: the unmissable opportunity to build a sustainable economic future

A post COVID world is one that will look quite different to a pre-COVID world.

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What toilet paper shortages tell us about supply chains

FT Trade Secrets writer Aime Williams goes on a mission to find toilet roll.

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Trade and the environment: why it's not all about air miles

Senior FT trade writer Alan Beattie explains how the true environmental cost of trading flowers, meat and fruit globally is becoming clearer as debate focuses on the carbon footprint of these products and their contribution to global warming.

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Brexit, Covid-19 and trade negotiations: what can sheep tell us?

Trade Secrets editor Alice Ross visits a Welsh sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons to see what the UK's exit from the EU will mean for farming, trade and tariffs - and asks how coronavirus could influence negotiations

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The rise and fall of global trade from the Romans to coronavirus

Senior FT trade writer Alan Beattie on the forces behind the surge and collapse of globalisation, from the Roman and Mongol empires to Donald Trump and Covid-19

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by Refinitiv
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Beyond the controversy: what impact will China’s Belt and Road initiative have?

Launched in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative will establish a modern-day Silk Road, linking 30% of the global economy and 34% of the world’s population.

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by Lombard Odier
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Sponge Cities - Smart cities for the future

It seems inevitable, in the short-term at least, that Wuhan will be remembered most widely outside of China as the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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by Lombard Odier
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A world without waste: how gold mining is going green

Recycling precious metals and minerals from used electronics can help make today's consumption patterns more environmentally sustainable.

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by Lombard Odier
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Precision Agriculture - Farming for the future

Digital solutions could be the key to producing more food while protecting the environment

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Can we turn the tide of plastic packaging?

The consumer movement against plastic food and beverage packaging is gathering momentum, and companies are beginning to respond.

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The pandemic will forever transform how we live

From homeworking to healthcare, Covid-19 has forced society to adapt in ways that should endure

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Coronavirus could help push us into a greener way of life

For all its horror, the pandemic may change our habits when nothing else could

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Warrior accountants: leading the green revolution?

When it comes to green issues, many of us assume it’s activists and campaigners who will change the world. But the FT’s Gillian Tett believes that as the responsible investing business continues to grow, so too will the need for financial transparency and

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by Lombard Odier
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High-hanging fruit?: Feeding cities with vertical farming

By 2050, 68% of the global population is expected to live in cities and eat 80% of food produced. Unless we find a way to grow food within or near cities, the ecological footprint of feeding the masses could be devastating.

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by Lombard Odier
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Alternative meat industry moves beyond the burger

Cell- and plant-based meat start-ups are developing ‘cuts’ of steak and chicken

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Mastering the art of sustainable architecture

In a nation where space is at a premium, the Dutch are leaders in creating environmentally friendly buildings. From repurposed redundant structures to modular, transportable studios and floating neighbourhoods, the FT’s Helen Barrett explores three comple

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Eco-friendly tech that uses natural and recycled materials

Five sustainable gadgets for the kitchen and the living room, designed with the wellbeing of the planet in mind

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The digital technologies transforming the supply chain

Whether they’re tracking the origin of valuable assets or allowing consumers to discover more about the sustainability of their purchases, digital technologies are making the supply chain ever more efficient, and transparent.

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by Lombard Odier
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Agriculture's New Apps: Precision Innovation to Feed the World

Precision weather tracking, ‘blood pressure monitoring’ for plants and complex nutrient analysis apps are now the must-have tools for modern farmers.

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Can you swallow the idea of lab-grown meat?

The notion of ‘growing’ a steak in a test tube sounds like science fiction. But our food habits change

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Conscious capitalism

The so-called ESG business space is currently reckoned to be worth more than some $32tn. The FT’s Gillian Tett explains that companies are realising they cannot afford to ignore issues like climate change, income inequality and a whole range of governance

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The growing problem of e-waste

Globally, we produce 50m tonnes of toxic electronic waste every year — and the UK is one of the worst offenders

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Curbing the great sand grab

Up to 50 billion tonnes of sand a year is being mined, dredged and even stolen to satisfy the global appetite for infrastructure, according to the UN, and it’s disappearing faster than it can be replenished.

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by Lombard Odier
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From Garbage to Gold: Tales of the e-waste pioneers

At first glance, the business of recycling and reusing small electronics sounds neither glamorous, nor lucrative.

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Climate change and the migrant caravan

Thousands of Central Americans are trying to flee to the United States in what’s become known as the migrant caravan. Many are escaping violence and extortion, but climate change is also playing a part.

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The Devil wears sustainable nylon

Lorenzo Bertelli oversees bags made from recycled fabric after joining family group

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Investors’ growing appetite for alternative proteins

Investors are showing greater interest in alternative proteins, as the climate impact of food production comes under the spotlight and the global population continues to climb.

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5G's business model revolution

The tech evolution enabling business model revolutions. 5G could cover up to sixty percent of the global population, and reach up to one and a half billion subscribers within five years.

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Can we break our addiction to plastic? The future of packaging.

Roughly a quarter of the 348 million tons of annual plastic production worldwide now goes into packaging, according to Plastics Europe and UK conservation charity the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, making it the single biggest use of the material

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Succeeding in the electric vehicle business is no easy ride

Scores of electric car start-ups have been launched over the past few years, but many may have failed to recognise the size of the challenges involved.

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Entrepreneurs hope microbes hold the key to a food revolution

Start-ups are utilising bacteria and fungi to generate protein and boost agriculture.

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by UBS
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ESG: from niche to mainstream to mandatory?

ESG investing has gone from niche to mainstream in twenty years. Meanwhile, a growing consciousness of the plight facing the planet has had little impact on key indicators for its future.

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When will the corporate dealmaking boom end?

The past five years have seen over $20tn worth of M&A deals thanks to favourable market conditions, as well as resilience in the face of more recent risks.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Green means go for a new era of finance

With growing pressure on businesses to incorporate ESG in dealmaking, green bonds are proving increasingly attractive. What does growth in this method of sustainable finance mean for the investment market?

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by Baker McKenzie
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Is ESG prompting the end of shareholder primacy?

Pressure to integrate ESG factors into corporate culture means big business is shifting away from shareholder primacy and towards stakeholder capitalism. But is this move at the expense of profit?

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Could texting be the next big thing in ecommerce?

In China, the use of texting to shop, hail cabs or buy groceries is the norm.

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Where will Buffett find his next blockbuster deal?

Warren Buffett has long been admired for his investment decisions but a multibillion-dollar writedown at Kraft Heinz earlier this year has left a big blemish on his recent performance.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Why technology is the biggest disruptor of traditional M&A

As technology continues to reshape large industrial companies, to what extent can these businesses still be deemed ‘traditional’?

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by Baker McKenzie
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The transformational impact of tech

As technology continues to reshape large industrial companies, M&A activity in this sector is on the up. It brings with it a transformation of global workforces and a shift in national identities.

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Are big corporations paying enough tax?

Do companies like Apple and Amazon pay a fair amount of tax? Some think not.

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Transformative Tech Connected

A raft of new technologies is set to fundamentally change the way we live, work and relate to one another. Individually, each piece of tech is a game changer. Collectively, they’re revolutionary. Explore the infographic.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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Taking on challengers: how established consumer goods companies need to rethink their strategy in an evolving market

For big, established consumer-products manufacturers, growing - or even just maintaining - market share has become a bigger task than ever as the rise of so-called challenger brands make inroads into mature markets.

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Delivery drones: the battle for airborne supremacy heats up

The race for delivery drones is gathering speed. Walmart, Amazon, Uber and DHL are among the companies aiming to get items to people more quickly and cheaply, especially in traffic-congested cities.

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by UBS
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The future of meat

We are on the cusp of a new agriculture revolution – and investor appetite is strong.

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Computer vision: the rise of image analysis technology

Computer vision is a hugely promising technology. It covers applications across dozens of industries ranging from medicine to self-driving cars and even shopping. There’s one small nation at this industry’s forefront: Israel.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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Technology and trust should be the drivers of digital trade when distance matters

When China emerged as a trading force in the early 2000s, the distances that had always limited international trade suddenly seemed to melt away.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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The future of digital trade

Driven by technological advances, digital trade now accounts for $2.86tn of the global economy but with non-tariff barriers on the rise, is trust the missing link to fuel international trade?

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The spacecraft that could revolutionise weather forecasting

Aeolus, the first satellite to measure wind speeds across the entire planet, was launched by the European Space Agency last year. Using advanced laser technology, it’s now providing the planet’s first global patterns of wind behaviour at different heights

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Are profits still a good thing?

Uber. Lyft. Snap. These US tech groups floated with multibillion-dollar valuations, yet all of them made losses last year, one-offs excluded.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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The promise of 5G

The advent of 5G networks promises to transform how we live and work with increased connectivity and lightning data speeds, but who's set to benefit the most?

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by UBS
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Robotaxis: rollout, returns and the impact on mass transit

UBS Evidence Lab developed a simulation model for a fleet of taxis in NYC which concluded that the global market could be worth more than two trillion dollars by the end of 2030.

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Activist investors’ growing appetite for corporate change

More investors than ever are adopting an activist playbook and their appetite shows no signs of waning.

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Could electric power transform aviation?

The number of electric aviation projects is soaring, and with some plans involving aircraft seating more than 100 passengers, this market will not just be for small, light air taxis.

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Using AI to spot potential rogue traders

Rogue traders can cost banks billions. Now, some are using artificial intelligence programmes to flag suspicious behaviour, looking at everything from how traders phrase their emails to the times they use their computers.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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Repricing risk

Christine Korwin-Szymanowska, Partner at Strategy& believes the global insurance industry is on the cusp of a seismic transformation, estimating the value of disruption coming to the UK insurance sector to be worth £30bn.

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Ripe for disruption, insurance has an opportunity to profit from digitalisation

Almost every day in London's Square Mile, brokers clutching bulky folders stuffed with paper documents and files criss-cross the busy streets en route to one of the city's insurance markets to discuss policies for their commercial clients.

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by Lombard Odier
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DYSFUNCTIONAL: exploring sustainability through design

Artist Mathieu Lehanneur discusses his work for new exhibit DYSFUNCTIONAL, created in partnership with Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Lombard Odier.

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by UBS
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Space travel is set to rocket

50 years since man first set foot on the moon, the business opportunity presented by space travel has morphed from science-fiction to reality.

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Can we find a replacement for natural rubber?

High performance tyres are still made predominantly from natural rubber, but some experts predict shortages as soon as the 2030s. Now, tyre companies and researchers are looking for alternatives, which include Russian dandelions and the Guayule shrub, as

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Have we reached peak financialisation?

The rise of financialisation has been a driving force in the global economy for the last few decades.

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Reinventing Energy

The energy sector is undergoing huge transformation, Adrian Del Maestro, Director at Strategy& outlines how our dreams of a cleaner, greener, more efficient world will be driven by the consumer

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Big pharma’s billion-dollar bets

In dealmaking, big used to be better. Banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup dominated the M&A market.

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Rise of the boutique banks

In dealmaking, big used to be better. Banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup dominated the M&A market.

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Can we build smarter people using AI?

Theoretical neuroscientist and entrepreneur Vivienne Ming believes that AI and what she calls “augmented intelligence” mean we’ll eventually have people who are artificially smarter than others.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Why healthtech gets our pulses racing

With healthcare providers turning to digital to meet consumer demands, an increasing convergence of healthcare and tech companies could restore M&A activity for 2019. But is this emerging healthtech sector immune to global uncertainty?

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Why women should invest in women

Men dominate the venture capital scene. A recent UK study found that less than one per cent of venture capital goes to businesses founded by women.

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The western backlash against China's dealmaking

Why has Chinese dealmaking fizzled out? Due Diligence’s dynamic duo, James Fontanella-Khan and Arash Massoudi, answer this question in a brilliant comic book style video.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Healthcare meets tech: fit for purpose

Increasing pressure on healthcare systems, massive tech growth and consumer-led demand are the perfect recipe for strong M&A activity in the emerging healthtech sector.

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Can a superplant save the planet?

Our world is heating up. As carbon emissions rise, scientists hope a new crop will help fight climate change by storing more carbon in its roots.

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The rise of the #MeOnly society

People are living longer and children have always been expected to look after their parents in old age. But the FT’s Roger Blitz is convinced individuals are becoming more self-centred and less interested in the family.

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Why oil and gas companies are transforming business models to sell services into your home

Imagine a world in which there is a fridge-sized energy storage battery in the basement of your home, solar panels on your roof and an electric vehicle smart charger installed on your driveway

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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The road ahead for autonomous vehicles is longer yet more promising than many believe

Scarcely a week goes by without another major announcement in the world of autonomous vehicles (AVs).

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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The promise of precision medicine: Is data the cure?

Precision medicine has the potential to transform the entire healthcare industry with personalised and bespoke treatments, but at what cost?

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Dinner is printed: is 3D technology the future of food?

Culinary 3D printing is new and rather niche but it could be an answer to some of the food industry's biggest challenges.

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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Autonomous vehicles: reshaping mobility

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform mobility completely, but with major roadblocks such as regulation and policy to overcome, how soon until they become ubiquitous on UK roads?

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by Lombard Odier
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What If I don't Buy A House...Ever?

Whilst the traditional home ownership model is no longer viable for many, it hasn’t dampened the appetite for city centre living, nor impacted the growing desire for a smaller environmental footprint.

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How cities can heal themselves

As urbanisation accelerates and infrastructure decays, researchers are working out how cities can heal themselves. As the FT’s Nikou Asgari explains, they are carrying out tests on materials that repair themselves and an army of maintenance robots that ca

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Nets and harpoons: how to clear up space junk

Space junk is a massive challenge for a fast-growing satellite industry worth billions of dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk whizzing around in earth’s orbit and even a fleck of paint can do serious damage.

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Will gene editing increase inequality?

A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first genome-edited babies, but won't this cause more inequality in society?

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Deep-sea mining: vital resource or environmental disaster?

Chief Economist of Lombard Odier Samy Chaar shares his diagnosis for Europe's economy ""We're not going to run the marathon tomorrow, but we're doing ok"".

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by Strategy&, part of the PwC network
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Precision medicine: the potential to transform healthcare

It may seem hard to believe but for every person who benefits from taking one of the top 10 selling medical drugs in the US, far more people - between one in four and one in 25, depending on the drug - see no benefit whatsoever.

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A Diagnosis for Europe

Chief Economist of Lombard Odier Samy Chaar shares his diagnosis for Europe's economy ""We're not going to run the marathon tomorrow, but we're doing ok"".

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Hotels in fifty shades of green

Who wants to worry about taking care of the environment when they’re on holiday? No one, according to Xenia zu Hohenlohe, partner at Considerate Group, which is which is why she thinks hotels should do the job for their guests.

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Rise of the farmbots

Start-ups and industrial giants are racing to create new farm machines that will boost production and profits.

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by Baker McKenzie
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Distress to Impress

With indicators pointing to the peak of the current financial cycle, an economic downturn could be imminent, bringing with it an uptick in distressed M&A activity.

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The west’s new recycling challenge

At the end of 2017, China banned virtually all materials for recycling. Before that, it took about 60 per cent of the plastic waste exported by G7 countries.

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by UBS
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Will China win the AI arms race?

The worldwide AI race is on. China’s openly targeting global leadership by 2030, and it’s well on the way. AI's fuelled by data, and that gives China a competitive advantage.

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Creating a circular economy for fashion

Waste in fashion is on a massive scale, and less than one per cent of recycled textiles are converted into new, wearable materials. But very gradually, that may be changing.

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Should we be frightened of AI?

Could computers ever replicate humans and take over the world? It’s unlikely, according to leading neuroscientist David Eagleman, largely because what it means to be human is constantly evolving.

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The Power of AI: a catalyst for organisational reinvention

As Artificial Intelligence accelerates more deeply into the business mainstream, David Lancefield, Partner, Strategy& outlines the benefits AI can bring to an organisation

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How much longer can King Dollar reign?

The US dollar is a symbol of American strength. But America’s share of global economic power is waning, and many countries resent the dollar’s dominance as a reserve currency.

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by Lombard Odier
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What If?

An investor with ownership in a large forest faces numerous choices, ranging from farming the land, to building houses, to simply selling all the wood

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The tech innovations transforming oil and gas

Technological advances and innovations in data management could save the oil and gas industry $75bn a year by 2023.

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The future of government

Digital Government means using the technology we associate with the fourth industrial revolution for the benefit of citizens.

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by UBS
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Tesla's ramping up production of the Model 3

Tesla's ramping up production of the Model 3. But is the electric vehicle evolutionary, or revolutionary?

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The internet is broken - people could die

The internet has rapidly become an indispensable tool, but the FT’s Hannah Kuchler thinks it is seriously flawed and in urgent need of repair.

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by Lombard Odier
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Absorbing Risk: How cities are turning into flood water sponges

Cities across the world are turning themselves into vast sponges.

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Should robots be taxed?

Robots are on the march, sparking much debate about what to do with the workers they’ll replace.

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The scorpion-milking robot: extracting the poison that cures

Since ancient Rome animal poisons have been used to heal rather than harm the human body. Scorpion venom can be used to help detect and cure diseases, but milking scorpions by hand is a time-consuming and dangerous process.

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by Lombard Odier
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Blockchain in the Silicon Savannah

One of the most innovative blockchain and cryptocurrency hubs on the planet right now is in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Is technology controlling you?

We may think we’re in control of our technology but the FT’s Rana Foroohar believes it may be controlling us. A recent study found that 4 in 10 Americans are suffering from addictive behaviour linked to their phones.

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Is data the new oil?

In the past, Big Data was often compared to oil, because companies could get rich off their deep wells of information. But just like oil, data can be ‘spilled’, with serious consequences.

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Could car subscription services disrupt the auto industry?

Car subscription services, an alternative to owning or leasing a car, are gathering speed. As the FT’s Patrick McGee explains, it could hugely disrupt the traditional car ownership model.

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Who are the Ostriches and Eagles?

Didier Rabbatu, Head of Equities at Lombard Odier Investment Managers explains why businesses embracing change and embedding sustainability will soar like Eagles, whilst companies clinging to a dated mindset - sticking their heads in the sand like Ostrich

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Back to the future with barter

Barter is making a comeback. That’s because technology has made it a lot easier to swap things online. It also means people can give away things like personal data to tech companies in return for services.

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by Lombard Odier
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The sustainability revolution

The next economic revolution is already underway - and it is driven by sustainability.

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Globalisation: Is this the end?

President Trump seems determined to tear apart the global economy by erecting tariff walls and promoting bilateral trade deals. Does this mark the end of globalisation?

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Climate gentrification is on the rise

Sea levels are rising, and that could be causing waves of unexpected house price increases in poorer areas of coastal cities. The FT’s Ed Crooks reports on what has become known as climate gentrification.

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Trade wars: the impact

A full-blown trade war between the US and China could mean global GDP decelerates by more than 100 basis points, and major global equity indices tumble by more than 20 percent.

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Fintech regulation: What Britain can teach the world

The Financial Conduct Authority has won praise around the world with a so-called sandbox, where UK fintech companies can test products with temporary authorisation.

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Who now can lead the world?

A world order of peaceful co-operation feels like a distant dream. Democracy and global capitalism are increasingly under threat and nativist sentiment is spreading.

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Is the kitchen dead?

UBS estimates global online food ordering could leap from $35bn dollars today to $365bn by 2030. It’s thanks to a convergence of the on-demand and sharing economies, and a combination of industrial, economic and demographic factors.

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Activist investing: a change in tactics

Last year, including share purchases, more than $62bn was deployed by activist investors on their campaigns, double the amount spent in 2016. At the same time, activism is changing.

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Will regulatory reform become a China investor's biggest opportunity?

Regulatory reforms are set to revolutionise China’s Financial Services industry, opening up numerous opportunities for international investors.

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Can Big Tech’s threat to democracy be tamed?

Fake news is now a political weapon. Tech platforms have been used to manipulate elections and political outcomes, not just in the US but in Europe and developing countries too.

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What could a long-term weaker dollar mean for the world?

The fall of the US dollar has been a big market story in 2018, and despite a strong recovery in the second quarter of the year market commentators say this could be a long-term trend.

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India’s demographic dichotomy

On paper, India is a demographic diamond in the rough. In the next decade, the ratio of its population at working age is set to surpass China’s.

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Al Gore: why sustainable investing makes financial sense

Former US vice-president Al Gore is on a mission to prove the business case for sustainable investment.

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Why is Switzerland so keen on cryptocurrencies?

Switzerland has long been a global economic hub. Now it’s embracing the potential of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Last year, four of the biggest initial coin offerings - when start-ups sell tokens to investors – were based in Switzerland.

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Will asset prices fall as QE unwinds?

Following the financial crisis, central banks bought trillions of dollars worth of financial assets – mostly bonds - to pump up their economies.

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Four things to know before you invest in an ICO

In 2017 initial coin offerings, the latest tech craze, raised more than $6bn. But there is little regulation for these digital tokens, and they can be risky investments.

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Emerging markets: macro worry, micro euphoria

There’s a macro-micro divide in emerging markets. The IMF and BIS are warning against rising corporate debt, yet P/E ratios are soaring.

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Death of the ATM?

The rise of cryptocurrencies, contactless cards and mobile payments has led to predictions that we are at the dawn of a cashless society.

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Why the tech giants have CEOs running scared

Due Diligence’s James Fontanella-Khan, US corporate finance and deals editor, explains why established companies from brick and mortar retailers to broadcasters are taking risky bets on big acquisitions.

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Central banks’ cryptocurrency quandary

Some of the world’s most important central bankers are leaving their posts, and their successors will have to deal with fast-growing technological innovations such as cryptocurrencies.

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Monetising China's eSports boom

Global eSports revenues are predicted to hit $1.5bn by 2020. Fans are young, passionate, and given they’re 38% female, a marketer’s dream. In 2017, the finals of 'League of Legends’, owned by China’s Tencent, had a total of 1.2 billion views.

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The rise of robot currency traders: what does this mean for humans?

In an effort to stamp out unethical behaviour and cut costs, banks have cut staff and – in many cases – robots are taking their places.

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Powering the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is growing rapidly - by 2020 it is estimated there will be 50bn smart devices.

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Robot teams are tech's next frontier

There are 2m industrial robots globally and that number is growing rapidly. The next step in their evolution is getting them to work together, rather than repeating a single task over and over.

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How graphene could change billions of lives

Graphene is a two-dimensional form of carbon one molecule thick that was discovered in 2004. It’s incredibly thin, light and strong and has numerous potential applications.

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The new ‘smart’ pill

Many patients forget to take their medicine, but as FT science commentator Anjana Ahuja explains, now there’s a pill that ‘knows’ when it’s been swallowed. It can send a time-stamped signal to the patient, and with consent, their doctor.

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Mind-controlled robots: the factories of the future?

The ability to control the physical world with your mind using a brain-computer interface or a mind machine has traditionally been focused on health care, and more recently the gaming industry.

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Hyperloop: designing the future of transport?

Elon Musk hopes to revolutionise public transport with Hyperloop - a system capable of speeds of more than 1200 kilometres per hour with zero emissions. Musk’s company Space X is running a student competition to advance the technology.

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The problem with scaling up the tech that powers self-driving cars

Driverless cars will remain a niche proposition until the expensive sensor tech that enables them, Lidar, can be produced quickly and cheaply.

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3D-printing Revolution Moves from Earth into Space

Astronauts on a space station have started to 3D-print tools, creating a new frontier and new techniques for industry.

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The remarkable industrial technology transforming our lives

Sweeping advances in manufacturing, transport and broadband capacity are creating waves of change across the globe. Soon these industries will meet, in a confluence of technologies that is set to trigger a tipping point.

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The critical role diversity plays in economic growth

With consumption rising, the only way humanity can maintain or improve its standard of living is to do more with less. That requires innovation and productivity. Diversity is absolutely essential for this.

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The next transport revolution

Driverless cars and the hyperloop have dominated headlines, but the next big things could be flying cars and automated subterranean tunnels.

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The great battery race

Lithium is becoming increasingly crucial to battery supply chains in the growing electric vehicle market and battery producers are scrambling to secure access to raw materials.

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Nasdaq looks beyond stocks and bonds

Nasdaq’s technology pairs buyers and sellers of financial assets at lightning speed. Now it is exploring ways to enable trade beyond its traditional markets - from ticket sales to container space.

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Capital expenditure is on the up: what it means for innovation and growth

In the US and Asia, capex has been driving improvements in corporate performance. Now, after 6 sluggish years, a positive trend has emerged in Europe as well.

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Will the renminbi ever really be a reserve currency?

Just over a year ago the renminbi passed a significant milestone when the IMF included it in its Special Drawing Rights currency basket, along with the dollar, pound, euro and yen.

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Rise of the robo-taxi: driving transport disruption

Robo-taxis are coming. Singapore will be testing vehicles as early as next year, and ultimately they could prove significantly cheaper and more popular than current mass-transit systems.

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How women got wealthier

By 2021 women will be in charge of $18tn worth of the world’s wealth. Their control is rising more quickly than men, but what is behind this growth?

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The geopolitics of trade: who is winning?

These are uncertain times for global trade, and not just because of Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric.

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China’s tech titans break into finance

China’s tech titans break into finance

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Asia’s innovation boom: where it’s happening and why it matters

Asia's R&D spend is on track to exceed Europe and the US combined by 2020. But which countries are innovating, what are the implications and are investors pricing in the potential?

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Relearning the rules of Adam Smith

Many of the core ideas behind Adam Smith’s vision of capitalism are being ignored.

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The boom in digital trade: how data are replacing physical goods

By 2025, cross-border data flows could be worth $20tn, more than current global trade in goods.

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Active vs Passive Investing

There’s been a boom in passive investment since the turn of the millennium, channeling the flow of capital away from mutual funds into hedge funds and sector specialists.

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How US businesses lost faith in globalisation

For the past three decades western multinationals have been outsourcing production to low-cost countries such as China.

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Unwinding QE in the eurozone: who stands to lose?

The ECB’s quantitative easing programme is still expanding and has now reached more than €2tn.

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The fall of King Dollar

2017 promised to be a strong year for the US economy, driven by the Trump trade. But things have gone off the boil and the dollar has remained weak.

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Cybercrime: how safe is our money in a cashless world?

The drive towards a cashless society may eventually eliminate cash-based crimes, but there are myriad ways our digital life can be exploited by criminals and even governments.

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The great QE unwind

Since the global financial crisis, major central banks have printed money and bought assets worth $12tn. But can we now return monetary policy to something like normal?

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Banking’s fintech fears

22 fintech companies around the world are now worth more than $1bn and bankers are becoming worried about these upstarts, especially since new legislation in Europe may force them to share precious customer data with their fintech rivals.

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Where Does Cash Matter Most? Demonetisation shakes the sub-continent

More and more governments are aiming to phase out cash, ostensibly to curb tax avoidance and criminal activity, while some countries are making leaps and bounds towards a cashless future without a backwards glance.

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Electric Vehicles: Who wins under the hood?

Electric Vehicles are going mainstream, but when will they become profitable for manufacturers, and which sectors and firms are set to benefit the most?

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Bitcoin’s Existential Crisis: making a decision with billions at stake

The cryptocurrency that was invented to disrupt traditional banking through its decentralised model is under increasing strain as it grows in popularity.

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Financial centres after Brexit: a bonanza for Europe?

As the process of Brexit continues, the UK’s neighbours are eyeing up the business they can take from London, and the City’s banking sector is the real prize.

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Knowledge is the New Capital: why companies keep making one simple and costly mistake

What if the traditional approach of treating labour as a cost, rather than an asset, was turned on its head?

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China’s corporate debt addiction: bond defaults spell trouble

Unprecedented bond defaults have economists worried about the levels of Chinese debt.

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Protectionism in Practice: examining the economic impact of tariffs

If the US put tariffs on Chinese goods, the impact would be felt way beyond the borders of both countries. China is the world’s biggest exporter, but it’s also the second biggest importer, with many of those imports coming from other Asian countries.

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Debt vs. Equity: the shifting moods of finance

Nearly a decade of low interest rates coupled with tax advantages have encouraged many companies to opt for debt to underpin their growth. But could this era be coming to an end?

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The Death of Cash: an ancient technology on the way out?

A number of governments, central banks and even some economists now advocate a switch to all-digital currencies. With the rapid rise of mobile payments, the long-term survival of cash seems precarious.

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