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AGN BOB – Brexit: uncertainty is the watchword, but investment opportunities still exist!AGN BOB – Brexit: uncertainty is the watchword, but investment opportunities still exist!

May 2019

BREXIT: UNCERTAINTY IS THE WATCHWORD, BUT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES STILL EXIST! 

The Brexit leave date has come and gone and the future of the UK relationship with the EU is plagued with uncertainty which looks set to continue – but with a new deadline of Oct 31 2019.  

MORE OF THE SAME – WHAT TO SAY TO BUSINESS LEADERS? 

The UK Prime Minister’s resignation only serves to confirm the now familiar message to business i.e. that they must continue to plan for uncertainty:

  • In the near term, consider exposure to possible disruptions in movement of good/services for both suppliers and customers, model scenarios of price changes (whether through logistical costs, tariffs & taxes or exchange rate movements) and consider if changes in mobility of people might impact the workforce or customer base.
  • Thereafter, think about scenarios for the possible opening up and closing down of opportunities in various markets, how the competitive landscape might alter and, perhaps in addition to planning for the downside, consider what upsides might present themselves?


UPSIDES?  WHAT UPSIDES?!

So what ‘upsides’ can there be to any of this? Well, there are a few unusual pockets of investment opportunity that remain and flourish!  There are also some that could benefit from some forms of Brexit.

Prime property – only a no deal Brexit, the default position if nothing can be agreed, will endanger the UK property market, particularly in London and the major cities. The Heathrow expansion, HS2 and the completion of Cross Rail all provide reasons for optimism for carefully selected property investment.  Some property prices are presently settling as the machinations of the Brexit negotiations continue, but strong rental demand in certain prime areas is likely to remain high, so value for money could be had, especially if buying in foreign currency if sterling falls.

Advertising and Creative Industries –  UK remains a key world hub for some industries. The IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) Bellwether Report for q1 2019 stated the balance of advertisers reporting increased marketing budgets grew to +8.7% compared with +0.0% in Q4 2018. Significant growth was reported across all categories aside from market research, sales promotions and direct marketing. Reason here for optimism about investment opportunities in the sector, but also for the UK economy at large.

UK Equities – A weaker pound means companies that are major exporters enjoy a relative advantage because its products become cheaper overseas – many of the FSTE 100 and 250 fit this bill. There’s also a profit boost when this money is repatriated. This is why the stocks that have tended to be strongest this past year have been big exporters, leaving many domestic U.K. stocks looking quite undervalued.

The UK Tech Sector – European investment in the British tech industry surged last year as the sector shrugged off Brexit uncertainty. Cash injected from Europe jumped to a record high of £1.89 billion in 2018, up from £1.66 billion in 2017 according to new data from law firm Penningtons Manches. The EU remains confident in the long-term prospects of the sector in the UK, the firm said, as the value of deals involving at least one EU investor rose to £1.53 billion, from £1.26 billion in 2017. driving the city’s digital infrastructure and preparedness for a connected future.

 

THE BACKGROUND FACTS…AN UPDATE!

Click here to have a better understanding on the evolution of Brexit arrangements.
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AGN has wide national strength in the UK.
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AGN International Ltd is a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales, number 3132548, registered office at 24 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom.
AGN International Ltd (and its regional affiliates; together “AGN”) is a not-for-profit worldwide membership association of separate and independent accounting and advisory businesses. AGN does not provide services to the clients of its members, which are provided by Members alone. AGN and its Members are not in partnership together, they are neither agents of nor obligate one another, and they are not responsible or liable for each other’s services, actions or inactions.
This communication is generic in nature, for general information only and does not constitute professional advice. It should not be relied upon in arriving at any decision, and no responsibility is accepted. Salient facts should be verified and professional advice should be taken before taking or refraining from any course of action.
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AGN BOB – Live PPP Opportunities in Lebanon

February 2019
LIVE PPP OPPORTUNITIES IN LEBANON…
Lebanese government opens up billions of dollars of FDI infrastructure opportunities for investment, via new Private Public Partnership opportunities!
This could be of interest to AGN member firm clients, in the following sectors;
• Property developers
• Construction companies
• Waste and water treatment
• Transport
• Infrastructure
• Energy

The enactment by the Lebanese government of Law No. 48 in 2017, created an exciting opportunity for property development clients and investors. The law enables the development of Private and Public Partnerships (PPP). A PPP, is a business model for the development of public infrastructure projects.

Essentially a PPP allows governments to concentrate on their regulatory and social policy role, while the private sector is free to invest funds and leverage its expertise in developing projects.

The Lebanese government has plans for about 250 projects which include transport, water, and power sectors. The aim to raise growth, to between 6% and 7% a year. Projects include:
• 2 x New airport terminals (an express way)
• 2 x New port projects
• Dam and waste water projects
• Data Center facilities
• Hazardous waste and recycling plants

GREAT BUSINESS CONDITIONS
Lebanon has a growing economy, low levels of unemployment, and an educated workforce with the highest literacy rate in the Arab world. It’s expected to see a 2% growth in GDP in 2018, with GDP forecast to reach $55bn by 2030. It already attracts $2.1bn of foreign direct investment. So, it’s a relatively straight forward market to operate in.

A foreign investor can establish a business under the same conditions to those of a Lebanese national, provided that the business is registered in the Commercial Register. Foreign investors can generally establish a Lebanese company, to participate in a joint venture, or establish a local branch or subsidiary of their company without difficulty. Additionally, a foreign non-resident chairman/general manager of a holding, or an offshore company is exempt from the obligation of holding work and residency permits.
CONTACT DETAILS
If you or your clients would like to know more about how to make an investment in Lebanon, or how their particular product or service might be relevant to the burgeoning PPP environment, or indeed if they are interested more generally in doing business in the lucrative markets of the Arabian-peninsula, then please make contact:
SERHAL NASSAR & COMPANY
Contact Person: Zalpha Nassar
Phone: (+961 1) 338448
EMail: info@serhalco.com
Website: www.serhalco.com

AGN International Ltd is a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales, number 3132548, registered office at 24 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom.
AGN International Ltd (and its regional affiliates; together “AGN”) is a not-for-profit worldwide membership association of separate and independent accounting and advisory businesses. AGN does not provide services to the clients of its members, which are provided by Members alone. AGN and its Members are not in partnership together, they are neither agents of nor obligate one another, and they are not responsible or liable for each other’s services, actions or inactions.
This communication is generic in nature, for general information only and does not constitute professional advice. It should not be relied upon in arriving at any decision, and no responsibility is accepted. Salient facts should be verified and professional advice should be taken before taking or refraining from any course of action.
Copyright © 2017 AGN International Ltd, All rights reserved. You are receiving this because you are a member of AGN International Ltd
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NOTE TO AGN MEMBERS:
IS THIS RELEVANT TO YOUR CLIENTS? Share it!
Copy the contents above the line and share with your clients using your own firm branding. Or simply forward this mail. You must include a legal disclaimer to this communication, it can be the one provided above or your own firm’s legal note.
SEND US BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Let us know if you are aware of a business opportunity and we will make a BOB out of it. Contents must be current, with a recent change or development, internationally / foreigners relevant.
Make it short, must be a conversation opener, your contact details will be attached for those that need extended information.
________________________________________

AGN International Ltd, 24 Greville Street, LONDON, EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom
Email Us | Visit Website |
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AGN International Ltd is a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales, number 3132548, registered office at 24 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom.
AGN International Ltd (and its regional affiliates; together “AGN”) is a not-for-profit worldwide membership association of separate and independent accounting and advisory businesses. AGN does not provide services to the clients of its members, which are provided by Members alone. AGN and its Members are not in partnership together, they are neither agents of nor obligate one another, and they are not responsible or liable for each other’s services, actions or inactions.
This communication is generic in nature, for general information only and does not constitute professional advice. It should not be relied upon in arriving at any decision, and no responsibility is accepted. Salient facts should be verified and professional advice should be taken before taking or refraining from any course of action.
Copyright © 2017 AGN International Ltd, All rights reserved. You are receiving this because you are a member of AGN International Ltd

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