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Will it be a hard or soft GDPR?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018 and will bring with it onerous fines of 4% of the previous year’s turnover or €20 million, whichever is the greater, for non-compliance.

Gauging Asian investor hedge fund appetite

There has been a huge amount of coverage about the decisions of Calpers, Nycers and the New Jersey Investment Council to get out of or reduce their hedge fund allocations, but the big move into hedge funds by Asian institutional investors this year has not been so widely reported.

Has alternative business finance gone mainstream?

The 2008 credit crisis had a seismic effect on the way smaller firms secure financing from mainstream lenders. New stricter banking regulations made it harder for small firms, particularly those with fewer assets, to access capital. This allowed alternative finance to emerge, since fast-growing asset poor firms could now access unsecured funding with semi-automated credit…