Issue Number:210, May 2016

What is functional training and is it right for you?

In the past few years I've seen a huge transition in the fitness industry. More and more people are using functional training as a means to get fit, lose weight and improve physical performance. 

Challenges of handling international commercial litigation

Parties entering into commercial contracts must not underestimate the importance of selecting the governing law and a proper venue and jurisdiction in respect of any potential commercial dispute. 

Role of taxes in driving Oman’s revenue

Plummeting oil prices have forced governments in the Middle East to look at other sources of revenue to complement their oil and gas income. 

Liability of company directors and managers for insolvency

Where a company has been responsibly managed, directors will not generally face personal liability for its debts or losses. However, as discussed in our previous columns, directors who breach the law, company statutes, or are negligent or fraudulent in the performance of their duties can face personal liability for the company’s debts and losses as well as criminal penalties.

Challenge and change

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered to be the backbone of any developed or developing country. 

The virtue of portfolio diversification

Going by data on asset class performance over the last decade – data ranked by annual returns across fifteen asset classes ranging from equities to bonds and from property to private equity – one thing becomes clear quite quickly: no asset class has ever consistently beaten all other asset classes on a year-by-year basis. 

Down but certainly not out

Newspaper head-lines suggest globalisation is in trouble if not nearing its end, as trade and global connectivity face strong headwinds in the developed west. 

At great companies, everyone can be a leader

Q: Is it possible to have more than one alpha leader within a company? How about on a team?

   — Lim Ji Chen