Mitigation of Risks in Myanmar are Plentiful – But Opportunities Abound on Growth Prospects

Mitigation of Risks in Myanmar are Plentiful – But Opportunities Abound on Growth Prospects

In 2013, Coca-Cola became one of the first US firms to invest in Myanmar (also known as Burma) after economic sanctions against the country, once governed by one of the world’s most authoritarian military regimes were suspended.

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Despite Political and Security Concerns, Sri Lankan Government Aims High

Despite Political and Security Concerns, Sri Lankan Government Aims High

Sri Lanka lies at the center of one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is a central trading point for Asia. Since 2007, following the end of its 26-year civil war that led to the deaths of seventy thousand people, the government has taken a number of steps to attract foreign investment. The goal has been to transform its economy from rural and agricultural to centering around urban and manufacturing functions.

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Israel Continues to Attract Foreign Investment Despite Political Instability

Israel Continues to Attract Foreign Investment Despite Political Instability

While Israel’s political climate has not been stable due to both internal and external conflicts since the country’s formation in 1948, Israel’s economy has remained strong and proved flexible and adaptable through several global economic crises. Israel has seen unprecedented growth in the past ten years, with GDP increasing by 70 percent. Despite having little to no trade with its immediate neighbors, Israel has expanded its global reach tremendously in the past two decades – opening avenues for exports in Africa and India, as well as throughout Europe and South America.  

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Matthew Hays Joins Gryphon as Director, Asia Operations

Matthew Hays Joins Gryphon as Director, Asia Operations

We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew Hays – Director, Asia Operations– to the Gryphon team.

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Theranos Thwarted: An Investigative Perspective

Theranos Thwarted: An Investigative Perspective

Elizabeth Holmes has been in the news recently in regard to her now notorious company, Theranos. Defunct as of September 2018, the seemingly innovative blood-testing firm has been the subject of a compelling documentary on HBO “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”. The topic has garnered plenty of attention, with another upcoming blockbuster film adaptation set to star actress Jennifer Lawrence, titled “Bad Blood”.

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Betting on Brazil: Bolsonaro Optimism Fading

Betting on Brazil: Bolsonaro Optimism Fading

While Bolsonaro’s government struggles to deliver economic growth, Brazil’s complex political scenario and volatile regulatory environment require investors to conduct a robust political risk assessment.  

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Not so fast.....picking your suppliers should be done with quality in mind to avoid any Gaps in service.

Not so fast.....picking your suppliers should be done with quality in mind to avoid any Gaps in service.

Assessing supply chain risk is imperative. Simply put, the operation needs to run smoothly, with no disruption from a revenue standpoint or to a company’s reputation and brand.  As much as its people and products, an organization’s suppliers and service providers are a cornerstone of its success and its ability to deliver value to its customers.   

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Reputation can be damaging: Going down the Well

Reputation can be damaging: Going down the Well

Throughout my career, I have been a member of some fantastic research-oriented organizations in the financial services industry, all of which focused on the numbers.  Whether it be evaluating credit worthiness, interpreting bond and loan documentation, spotting aggressive revenue recognition tactics, or measuring macroeconomic impact, these organizations sought to detect catalysts that could change how investors would value the company.  However, what these services did not focus on was the appraisal of a company's reputation in the eyes of its customers and its investors.  

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Thorough Investment Intelligence

Thorough Investment Intelligence

Gryphon Strategies would like to spotlight our investment intelligence service, designed to equip investment funds, legal firms, family offices, and nonprofits with the information necessary to strengthen their portfolios, their partnerships, and their operations.  Utilizing public records, open-source materials, and human intelligence, we assess the subject’s fitness as a partner and positioning to achieve operational objectives.

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Open Source is Fundamentally Changing Investigations

Open Source is Fundamentally Changing Investigations

 In the digital age, the most useful tools for collecting intelligence are no longer a magnifying glass and a tape recorder, but a mouse and a keyboard. Open source intelligence made headlines last spring with the arrest of the Golden State Killer, after California police were able to match criminal DNA found at the scene with DNA of a relative who had uploaded genetic information to a public genealogy website. Although DNA is a well-established method to identify criminals, using this database marked a fundamentally new approach for investigators. Here we discuss how open and crowd sourced information is increasingly informing the casework of seasoned prosecutors and investigators.

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