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  • Globalisation – what's next?

The geopolitical landscape is shifting. The US under President Trump is turning inwards and focusing on 'America First,' protectionism is on the rise around the world, the future of the EU is uncertain, growth economies such as Brazil, Russia and India have not fulfilled expectations and China is emerging as the champion of globalisation. With 33 offices in 23 countries and some 3,400 legal advisors across the AmericasAsia PacificEurope, the Middle East and Africa, Clifford Chance is helping clients to identify challenges and opportunities and the issues and trends that will have a significant impact on their businesses.

View from Davos - the end of globalisation?

Every year we attend the World Economic Forum in Davos to enable us to identify the trends that will become increasingly important for our clients in the year ahead. We hosted a debate on the future of globalisation and the shifting political landscape. Our speakers were Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the WTO, Lord Malloch-Brown – Senior Adviser at Eurasia and former Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN, Philipp Härle of McKinsey & Company and Dr Henry Cao, Professor of Finance at Cheung Kong Graduate Business School. Read more here.

The impact of Trump and Brexit on global trade, global businesses and their supply chains

Global trade policies are in a state of flux as governments work out what Brexit, President Trump's plans to renegotiate or scrap existing trade deals and Asia's growing focus on trade liberalisation will mean for the future. Read more here.

China's one belt, one road: challenges and opportunities

China's one belt one road (OBOR) initiative unveiled by President Xi Jinping in 2013 aims to restore the country's old land and sea trade routes and to boost economic connectivity between Asia, Europe and Africa. It covers 65 countries and six economic corridors accounting for two thirds of the world's population and one third of the world's GDP. Here Clifford Chance experts look at the opportunities it offers and some of the challenges for investors. Read more here.

A retreat from globalisation? In conversation with Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC

"The Brexit story is not a one off, it's the beginning of a slightly more disturbing world where the west is retreating from globalisation," says Stephen King HSBC's Senior Economic Adviser. Read more here.

Risk and raising capital in East Africa

The future role of Africa in international trade and the challenges and risks that banks and corporates in East Africa face, were just some of the topics discussed at Clifford Chance's Risk and Raising Capital conference in Nairobi. Read more here.