Archive for October, 2013

KFC Goes Missing In Syria

Courtesy of The Atlantic, a report on KFC’s decision to give up trying to do business in Syria: Syrians eat at a KFC outlet in Damascus in 2006. It closed its doors this month.  In 2006, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened Syria’s first American restaurant in Damascus. The franchise weathered more than two and a half […]

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North Korea: The Next Thailand Of Asia?

Via NK, an interesting report on North Korea: Nearly all communist states tended to have a “main construction project,” an impressive undertaking where, if the newspapers were to be believed, the workers’ enthusiasm for labor produced amazing feats and whose eventual completion would bring an era of unparalleled prosperity. North Korea is no exception. […]

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Portrait Of A Frontier Investor

Courtesy of the Financial Times, an interesting look at Schulze Global Investments, a frontier market investment fund: Pioneer fund: Gabriel Schulze is upbeat about Ethiopia No sooner had US investor Gabriel Schulze moved to China to gain a foothold in the world’s most promising untapped markets eight years ago than he realised he was already […]

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South Sudan Hopes To Attract New Oil Investment

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting update on South Sudan: Oil workers at the Thar Jath field in Unity state, South Sudan. Summary The South Sudanese Energy Ministry’s Oct. 29 announcement that it will auction off a number of oil concessions by the end of 2013 illustrates the country’s need to attract foreign oil companies […]

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China’s Venezuela Exposure

Via The Dipomat, a report on China’s engagement with Venezuela: The visit of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to China last month was, on the face of it, a cause for quite a bit of relief for Beijing. After all, strong Beijing ally Hugo Chavez had only passed away in March, and there was some concern […]

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Mexico: Opening Up ‘One of the World’s Most Closed’ Energy Sectors

Via Knowledge@Wharton, a look at Mexico’s energy sector: For more than a decade, Mexicans have watched with dismay as other energy-rich countries in the region, such as Colombia and Brazil, have dramatically increased their oil production levels while Mexico’s levels have stagnated. The country’s oil production peaked at 3.38 million barrels in 2004 but has […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.