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  • Vaccine Bonds: Invest and Save Lives

    Vaccine bonds are a pioneering form of socially responsible investments (SRI), an investment discipline aimed at generating competitive returns while making a positive social impact.

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  • The Rise of Behavioral Health Startups

    There has been a boom in the behavioral health industry, evidenced by the steep increase in the number of behavioral health startups founded in the past two years.1 Currently, there are 326 companies and 534 investors registered as mental health startups on AngelList.2 Innovation in the behavioral health space matters because in the United States, 1 out of 5 adults

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  • Investment Opportunities in Mexico’s Denationalized Energy Industry

    It is estimated that there is a total of US$220 billion of potential investment opportunities in Mexico as a result of the energy reforms, including reforms in the electricity industry.

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  • President Trump’s Potential Changes to NAFTA

    Following on his goals of halting the migration of U.S. jobs and factories to Mexico, President Donald Trump has stated that he will take steps to renegotiate NAFTA. Although he has not yet provided concrete details on what he plans to change, this post will address a few of the alterations that President Trump might aim for, along with the impact those changes will…

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  • SPAC: The Mechanics of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (Part IV of IV)

    Given the potential advantages to parties involved in a SPAC transaction, it becomes necessary to consider whether these advantages translate into an actual benefit in the real world. On analysis, SPACs’ historical performance makes it clear that the SPAC structure is not as advantageous as it first appears. As a class, SPAC performance has been poor, a result of the incentives the structure creates…

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  • Tax Uncertainty for Businesses After the Regulatory Freeze

    President Trump’s new executive leadership is likely to bring increasing uncertainty for businesses in the area of tax law as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) struggles to make sense of the reach and intent of some of the President’s recent orders on federal rulemaking.

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