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On June 23rd, Britain will vote to stay or leave in the European Union. This has more far-reaching consequences than simple sociopolitical and financial effects. The U.K.'s Institute of Directors (IOD) polled their members, and 60% said they intended to vote to remain in the E.U., 31% said they would be voting to leave, while 9% were unsure. I would not be surprised if they vote for leaving, as the case is strong on both sides now. Chairs are Mindful: Scenario: If Britain Votes to Leave the E.U. 1. Trade Impact 45% of U.K.'s exports are to the European Union (27 other member states). The cost of imports and Quotas automatically become significantly affected. 2. Contracts & Business Models All contracts and sub-contracts of the Enterprise will need to be reassessed. This is a heartburn effort and potential impact on the financial statements. 3. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) The U.K. has traditionally been one of the biggest attractors of FDI in the E.U. Fairly competitive economy and guaranteed tariff-free access to the 27 other E.U. member states. 4. Capital Markets shift towards Germany Remember, pending merger of London Stock Exchange with Deutsche Borse. February press release announcing the merger warned about BREXIT, "… although this might well affect the volume or nature of the business conducted in the different financial centers served by the combined group". 5. Two Years of Currency Fluctuations Britain would have two years to renegotiate contracts. This interim face would bring major currency fluctuations to FOREX and Capital Markets. 6. Keeping E.U. Together Domino effect of other member states leaving, Greece and Spain to start with. 7. Keeping the U.K. Together BREXIT would give Scotland and Wales separatists new reasons to seek independence from the United Kingdom. Yusuf: Yusuf is the founder and CEO of Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC), published with World Economic Forum (WEF) and CNBC Squawk Box featured on Thought Leadership. Board members of The One Less Foundation (TOLF) and Building Community Bridges (BCB). Adjunct Strategy Professor at University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. Invited visiting Professor teaching Executive Education Professor George Town University McDonough School of Business, USA. Harvard Business School Executive Education. B.S. Finance, MBA Management, MS Management Information Systems MIS Contact Info: Email Ya@globalboardadvisors.com Reach GBAC for Gaining Foresight! Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC) Chairman advisory firm providing innovative strategy tools for boards' in over 50 countries. Published with World Economic Forum (WEF), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), The Indonesian Institute for Corporate Directorship (IICD). Guest Thought leaders at U.S. National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), global Corporate Governance in U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany, Qatar, Emerging European and Middle Eastern markets, Australia, and Africa. Our Innovative Columns are read by Global 500, FTSE 100, Fortune 1000 Chairmen, and many of the Forbes Billionaires.

BREXIT and It’s Aftermath

On June 23rd, Britain will vote to stay or leave in the European Union. This has more far-reaching consequences than simple sociopolitical and financial effects.  The U.K.’s Institute of Directors (IOD) polled their members, and 60% said they intended to vote to remain in the E.U., 31% said they would[…]

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The World Economic Forum 2015 annual list of Technology pioneers was released today. It consisted of the world’s 49 most promising Technology Pioneers in 2015 from 10 countries, including the UK-based TransferWise, which revolutionized money transfers; Holland-based Plant-e, which generates electricity from plants; and US-based Editas Medicine, which is exploring genomic editing applications. They are part of a broader group of entrepreneurs who operate in sectors with high entry costs and at the Centre of some of the world’s challenges, including energy production, healthcare, finance, and digital security. These companies focus on global challenges, including climate change and health, and use record venture capital to take on incumbents. US-based companies continue to make up two-thirds of awardees, raising questions about the entrepreneurial environment in Europe and elsewhere. Here you can view the complete list of recognized Technology Pioneers Full List Video about the Technology Pioneers of 2015 Yusuf Recommends- Global Chairmen should be mindful that innovation in these companies will disrupt many industries and established players. They will create new opportunities for growth on the planet. Technology Pioneers Sources Links http://www.weforum.org/community/technology-pioneers http://widgets.weforum.org/techpioneers-2015b/

WEF 2015 Technology Pioneers

The World Economic Forum 2015 annual list of Technology pioneers was released today. It consisted of the world’s 49 most promising Technology Pioneers in 2015 from 10 countries, including the UK-based TransferWise, which revolutionized money transfers; Holland-based Plant-e, which generates electricity from plants; and US-based Editas Medicine, which is exploring genomic editing applications. They are[…]

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Top Five Global M&A Growth Strategies for Boards

In an era of shareholder activism, possible proxy fights, and replacing an entire slate of board nominees, directors are evaluating the deals with more diligence than a decade ago. Costly litigation has also risen against the U.S. & European Non-Executive directors on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Growth in[…]

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Diversity On World Stock Exchanges

Stock exchanges play an important function in overseeing the companies listed on them. They set the tone for risk management and corporate governance. A simple question answered by facts. How diverse are the boards of World Stock Exchanges? Viewing data of global exchanges Stock Exchange # of Women Size of[…]

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Boards can learn from Target CEO about Cyber-crime

Target, the second-largest retailer in the United States, let its Chairman & CEO George Stienhafel leave today after taking responsibility for the massive data breach last year. The data breach exposed the personal information of up to 110 million Target customers. Why is this a learning lesson to other boards?[…]

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China’s Stock Exchanges Game Changer

China’s Stock Exchanges Game Changer

China announced a major game-changer in the world of stock exchanges. Allowing direct share trading between the two financial hubs of Hong Kong and Shanghai could be in place within six months. The program is titled the “Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Exchanges Connectivity Mechanism. Combined daily cross-border trading of $3.78 billion[…]

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World Exchange Congress in Doha Qatar

I was invited to speak at the prestigious World Exchange Congress on March 24th, 2014. The event brought together CEOs & CTOs of world stock exchanges. Three hundred participants from more than 50 countries were represented. Traveled from the United States to Doha, Qatar, the conference’s host city. Shared my knowledge on[…]

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