Private Equity Funds Are Becoming the Next Target of Human Rights Legislation

At one point in time, private equity was the preferred investment vehicle; more agile, offering better expertise, and better regulatory conditions. Perhaps most importantly, the exemption under the SEC’s Regulation D, allowing private equity to raise capital while keeping financial records private. But is this level of privacy coming to an end, especially as “soft” […]

Departures Podcast: Interview with Edward Watts, Author of ‘Mortal Republic’

On our latest episode of the Departures podcast, we are excited to feature the bestselling history author Edward J. Watts, author of “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny.” As the Romans designed it, a representative democracy is designed to ‘move slowly’ and ‘build consensus’ on policies to mitigate societal issues – but if the history […]

Five Things to Read on Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s completely unexpected decision to pull 2,000 U.S. troops out of the conflict in Syria – announced this week via Twitter without much visible consultation – has predictably caused a bit of a shitstorm in the natsec community in Washington DC. There seems to be wide-ranging speculations about Trump’s motivations to make this […]

Departures Podcast: How Does the UK Stop its Schools to Prison Pipeline?

On this week’s episode of Departures I am pleased to be joined in our London offices by Cheryl Phoenix of The Black Child Agenda, a courageous organization which is working on the modest goal of tackling a massively entrenched system of institutional racism and bigotry in the British public sector. Cheryl’s insights into the experiences […]

Podcast: The Slow Boil to Italy’s Populist Moment

This week, Bob is joined in London by financial analyst Emanuele Minotti, CEO of investment advisory Theremos, to discuss the recent anti-establishment upheavals in Italy and what it means for Italian and European equity markets. Looking back at the past 20 years of Italy’s cheap borrowing as an EU member, there have been numerous missed […]

Podcast: What the Weimar Republic Can Teach Us about Trump

On the latest episode of the Departures podcast, we’re pleased to be joined by Prof. Benjamin Carter Hett, whose new book “The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic” explores the rapid and sudden collapse of democracy in Germany in the 1930s. Prof. Hett places particular emphasis in […]

Podcast: More Tsarist than Soviet

With the prospect of President Vladimir Putin’s rule over Russia extending endlessly into the future, Anders Aslund of the Atlantic Council joins the podcast to discuss how Ukraine and the rest of Europe is reacting, how Putin’s “do nothing” economic plan will continue to drag on the Russian economy, and critical issues facing a number […]

Empire of Deceit: New Book on Gülen Schools Launches

The following press release was distributed to media today. Amsterdam & Partners LLP today released Empire of Deceit: An Investigation of the Gülen Charter School Network, a new book that, for the first time, details how the nationwide charter school network controlled by the Gülen Organization enriches itself at the expense of American school children, […]

The Politics of Incompetence

The approaching snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May will inevitably produce a winner, but it seems it will be the voters who will be losing. In a country still reeling from gruesome terrorist attacks, this election is like none other – a culmination of what happens when extreme polarization and isolationist populism collide. […]

Gülen Poses a Threat to Turkey and the United States

Today President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is making his first official state visit to President Donald Trump in Washington DC. Among the many issues in the bilateral relationship they will be discussing is the status of Fethullah Gülen, a billionaire Turkish fugitive living in Pennsylvania who is accused of planning last July’s attempted military […]