The OECD and IMF have reported recently that global economic momentum has faltered and is likely to remain slow. Inhibiting factors include trade tensions, corporate and government debt, disruptive technologies and more. Corporate leaders are well aware of the trend. As one Harvard Business Review article puts it, “Many C-suite executives are already anticipating recession in the next few years and quietly gearing up for it.”
As a multinational business expands it becomes more complex and difficult to manage. Whether your organization has grown organically and/or through acquisition, just keeping track of your legal entities can become challenging, to say nothing of understanding why they were established and if you still need them. Just as important is understanding and fulfilling your compliance obligations in all your countries of operation. Each entity will have its own set of local corporate filing deadlines, director requirements, bank account considerations and more. Even if you eventually get control over these obligations, one or more of your countries of operation will change an existing regulation or add a new one, leaving you scrambling to comply.
Canada is one of the world’s most attractive destination markets for companies looking to expand internationally. It boasts an affluent consumer base, highly educated workforce, stable political environment and trade agreements with the U.S. and the EU. It also has more than its share of tech hubs, including not only Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, but the emerging markets of Halifax, Calgary and Quebec City. Perhaps most impressive, Canada is ranked third globally for starting a business, according to the World Bank’s most recent data.
Brexit will have profound effects on businesses exporting from the UK and those with UK-based customers, regardless of where those businesses are located. Affected businesses will face new challenges related to data protection, supply chains, immigration and more. The precise nature of many of these challenges remains uncertain, and the hard truth is that many Brexit-related uncertainties will persist long after the UK leaves the EU.
Brazil is one of the world’s most important emerging economies and a key contributor to global growth. While the country has endured political and economic instability in recent years, it remains the largest economy in South America and boasts a population of over 200 million. It also benefits from a high degree of economic diversification, a large and well-educated workforce, and a welcoming culture. In short, Brazil is an extremely attractive destination for foreign investors.