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  • Brexit concerns

    Polls have never been perfect as evidenced by recent UK election forecasts. However, the trend that is developing as the Brexit vote approaches is evidently turning towards the ‘Out’ vote. And while neither camp is ready to commit themselves, the...

  • Making an offer that can’t be refused

    Making an offer that can’t be refused

    Nizar Bouguila, the CEO of Tunisie Telecom (TT), told Vanessa Macdonald that it wants Maltese shareholders to stay on board, rather than to take up its offer of €2.87 per share. Why would the Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT) want to...

  • Arkadia doubling payback period for Suq tal-Belt

    Arkadia doubling payback period for Suq tal-Belt

    The shareholders of Arkadia Marketing Ltd, the fully-owned subsidiary of the Mizzi Organisation which won the Suq tal-Belt concession, has opted to double the normal project payback period of around six years. This is partly the result of...

  • The genie in the bottle

    The genie in the bottle

    ­­­Investors are chasing vanishing yields at a time when even German bunds have gone into negative territory for the first time. No wonder then that new asset classes are gaining in popularity – although ‘new’ is perhaps not the right word to...

  • In defence of accountants

    In defence of accountants

    The accountancy and auditing professions have been in the public eye over the past few years, as scandals and bankruptcies raised questions – many of them misguided – over their role in preventing them. As the release of the Panama Papers raised...

  • Accepting a helping hand

    Accepting a helping hand

    Kristoff Zammit Ciantar stops midway through a sentence, chuckles and corrects himself: “Did I say Infusion again? I meant Aqubix.” His mistake is easy to understand. For eight years, he and his colleague Ivan Bonello have lived and breathed...

  • 75% of fund administrators are local

    Around 75 per cent of the administrators for Malta-domiciled funds are local – even though it is not mandatory for them to be Malta-based, according to Kenneth Farrugia, the chairman of the Malta Funds Industry Association. He was explaining how...

  • A post-Brexit world

    The problem with any referendum is that both camps focus on the immediate outcome, with supporters thinking in black and white – or in this case ‘stay’ or ‘leave’. It is hard to believe that by the time the next Business Observer is out that the...

  • The minimum wage issue

    The issue of the adequacy of the minimum wage emerged following the publication of the Caritas report which, in essence identifies three segments: namely families with two children, single parent families with two children, and pensioners. Based...

  • Diane Izzo takes Guess franchise

    Diane Izzo takes Guess franchise

    Guess, the American upscale brand, has just been acquired by businesswoman Diane Izzo following a deal signed with Halmann Vella Group. Ms Izzo sees this takeover as a chance to expand the presence of the brand, which has been operating in Malta...

  • Role for Chamber president at Business Europe

    Role for Chamber president at Business Europe

    Malta Chamber president Anton Borg was voted vice president of Business Europe during the organisation’s general assembly. Business Europe is an influential pan-European business organisation that is based in Brussels and represents 40 member...

  • Ambassador for CIM

    Ambassador for CIM

    The Chartered Institute of Marketing, the world’s leading professional marketing body, has appointed Louis Naudi, one of only a handful of its fellows, as the new marketing ambassador for Malta. “An ambassador is a key representative of CIM and...

  • Global appointments for Ronald Attard, EY

    Global appointments for Ronald Attard, EY

    EY global has appointed Ronald Attard as leader of transaction advisory services in Central and South East Europe (CSE). CSE is a grouping of 21 countries including a number of significant economies. Mr Attard will be a member of the Central and...

  • Why have international bond yields dropped to new record lows again?

    Why have international bond yields dropped to new record lows again?

    Investors would have surely noticed the sudden decline in bond yields over the past 10 days. The 10-year German bund dropped into negative territory on Tuesday morning touching a low of -0.03 per cent (its previous record low in April 2015 was...

  • HSBC Malta announces new executive leadership team

    HSBC Malta announces new executive leadership team

    Under the leadership of chief executive officer Andrew Beane, HSBC Bank Malta has announced the appointment of its new executive management team, comprising some of the banking industry’s foremost professionals, representing a mix of Maltese and...

  • Financial feasible energy saving measures

    Financial feasible energy saving measures

    Altern Limited is a company set up to promote and implement sustainable energy solutions within the local and foreign sector. Today Altern offers services such as energy auditing and implements products such as photovoltaic (PV) systems, LED...

  • EU proposes cutting wholesale roaming charges

    The European Union proposed yesterday cutting the wholesale roaming rates that telecoms operators pay each other when customers use their mobile phones abroad to pave the way for the abolition of retail roaming charges by summer next year. The EU...

  • Dakar Software Systems selected as the best ICT company of the year

    Dakar Software Systems selected as the best ICT company of the year

    Dakar Software Systems has been honoured as Malta’s best-in-business ICT company 2015 during the BIB Awards. Dakar Software Systems is a leader in the development and delivery of scalable HR, people management software solutions. The company...

  • Osborne faces rebellion over Brexit’s emergency budget

    Osborne faces rebellion over Brexit’s emergency budget

    Chancellor George Osborne said yesterday he would introduce an emergency budget if Britain voted to leave the EU, but 57 of his own Conservative Party’s lawmakers said they would block his spending cuts and tax hikes. The escalation in the ruling...

  • Sotheby’s International Realty holds global luxury real estate conference

    Sotheby’s International Realty holds global luxury real estate conference

    The 2016 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event took place from May 16 through May 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event brought together approximately 2,300 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 165...