AKE Analyst on CNBC: ‘Oligarch list’ a sigh of relief for many in Russia

Max Hess, senior political risk analyst at AKE International, discusses a list of Russia’s wealthiest released by the U.S. Treasury. Max also discussed with CNBC how the U.S. Treasury Department’s list released Monday detailing 210 Russian oligarchs and close political affiliates of President Vladimir Putin bears a striking resemblance to a list of Russia’s richest citizens published in Forbes…

Iran – Iraq: Oil deal in Kirkuk likely to undermine Turkey

Date first published: 23/01/2018 Key sectors: energy Key risks: political stability; regional competition On 9 December, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabal al-Luaibi confirmed an oil exchange deal with the Iranian government, whereby Iraq will send up to 60,000bblpd of crude oil from the northern Kirkuk oilfields to the Kermanshah refinery in Iran. In return, Iraq will receive refined Iranian…

Ones to Watch, 29 January 2018

Americas: Ecuador to held referendum on constitutional reform Sectors: all Key Risks: policy continuity; political stability; regulatory changes In Ecuador, a government-backed referendum on seven questions, five of which entail amending the constitution, is scheduled to take place on 4 February. Amongst President Lenin Moreno’s proposals is the elimination of indefinite re-election, a move that…

China – US: Investment in the US hits a wall

Date first published: 16/01/2018 Key sectors: all Key risks: M&A refusal On 3 January Chinese fintech company Ant Financial’s US$1.2bln move to acquire US transfer service provider MoneyGram was blocked by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The committee has long been peripheral and largely unknown to the public, but its importance has grown…

Ones to Watch, 22 January 2018

Americas: Court to decide on Lula da Silva’s appeal against conviction Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest; political instability; corruption fallout In Brazil, on 24 January a court in the southern city of Porto Alegre is scheduled to decide on an appeal from former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against his conviction to nine…