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Mercator Focus: Q1 2022 Foreword

As if the disruption of 2020 could be topped, 2021 gave it an impressive run for its money. Fortunately, the lessons learnt, and technological innovations implemented by governments spanning numerous jurisdictions continued to ensure the entity portfolio management industry ran as close to ‘business as usual’ as hybrid working can be. Even if the commute remains a distant memory to many of us.

Of course, for Mercator itself, 2021 was a seminal moment in our history as we took a leap forward by officially rebranding as Mercator by Citco, a reflection of the growth and maturity of the business and the wider industry we have served since the early days of GSGS right up until the present moment where our ambitious plans to lead the transformation of the global entity portfolio management industry remain on course.

As always, part of our mission is to provide the industry and its stakeholders with pertinent thought leadership and regulatory updates, of which this newsletter remains the cornerstone. It is therefore my pleasure to highlight some of the key insights made this year by our dedicated team of professionals and external stakeholders, who continue to push the boat out.

In one article we underline the importance of planning in company law and governance, particularly in the management of tasks, while in another, we also look at why it is essential for best practice to build out a data quality team and what that looks like. In another article we look at the process of Directors’ and Auditors’ re-appointment and how to ensure effective rotation, while we also speak to one our most esteemed business partners on the high ranking achieved by Argentina as a jurisdiction to business in, as identified by our Mercator Entity Management Report 2021. Finally, we provide a roundup of the some of the key events attended by the Mercator team last year, as well as touching on some news of our own.

Now, as we continue our new voyage into its first full year of operation, I would like to thank our clients for their partnership with us and say that we very much look forward to continuing our pioneering work together.

Kariem Abdellatif
Director of Citco Mercator, UAB, Head of Mercator by Citco