Geoffrey Smith, Fortune

Geoffrey Smith


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Recent articles by Geoffrey:

Why the U.K. is bailing out regional airline Flybe when it's let others fail

Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended a lifeline to the failing carrier. → Read More

How Ted Baker London Went from On Trend to On the Brink

The fashion retailer that dressed Pippa Middleton and Reese Witherspoon is facing a perfect storm of crises. → Read More

New Russia to China Gas Pipeline Has Everything—Except Profit

The so-called Power of Siberia, a 1,800-mile pipeline, has puzzling economics. → Read More

Europe Is Terrified of Digital Currencies in the U.S. and China—But Can't Manage to Develop Its Own

Even as it views payment systems as a means of financial sovereignty. → Read More

European Food Fight! The Battle for Meal-Delivery Supremacy Is Heating Up

Europe’s $5 billion food delivery market is among the most competitive startup sectors on the continent, pitting home-grown firms against the might of Silicon Valley in what is shaping up to be another bruising round of technology-driven, winner-takes-all capitalism. → Read More

Tiffany & Co. Is a Symbol of Luxury—But LVMH May Manage to Buy It for a Bargain

LVMH's bid to acquire Tiffany comes amid headwinds for the jeweler, which may prompt shareholders to take the money currently on the table. → Read More

The ECB Is Still Dovish on Gender Balance

As Draghi prepares to step down, 30% of the ECB’s managers are women, including in senior management roles. While not great, that does mark a big improvement from 2011 when he took the job. → Read More

How To Grade the Mario Draghi Years? Start with These Three Words

One the most divisive central bankers is on his way out of office. His "whatever it takes" vow will be the stuff of legend—and lawsuits. → Read More

Regulators Hobble Libra, but See Some Upside in Digital Currencies

Pressure from lawmakers and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have forced out several important payments companies needed to build the Libra digital currency platform. But many of those same critics lament the shortcomings of today's currency regimes that are too slow and too expensive. → Read More

The World's Biggest Turbines and No Subsidies: How Offshore Wind Is Entering a New Era

A recent auction in the U.K. shows how massive scale is transforming wind and the larger energy sector. → Read More

The Saudi Oil Attacks Are Shifting the Gulf's Power Balance—Towards Russia

The attacks on the Kingdom leave a further opening for Putin to strengthen his position in the Gulf → Read More

The European Central Bank’s ‘Bazooka’ is Back. This Time, There’s Less of a Bang

Mario Draghi's "Bazooka" is back—but this time, there's less of a bang → Read More

Are Fears of a German Recession Overblown? 5 Reasons Not to Worry—Yet

Germany is about to fall into recession for the first time in a decade. The world’s fourth-largest economy has become the collateral damage of Donald Trump’s trade war against China and the slow-motion car crash that is Brexit. In the near term, analysts and policymakers argue there’s not too much cause for alarm: the government and the European Central Bank—if they act in tandem—have all the… → Read More

Why One of Asia’s Richest Men Is Buying a British Pub Business Right Before Brexit

Li Ka-Shing's flagship firm is paying $5.5. billion for Greene King as the U.K. barrels toward a no-deal Brexit. → Read More

Aston Martin Tried to Replicate Ferrari's IPO Success. Instead, Its Shares Are Down 75%.

James Bond's famous carmaker could use some 007 magic. → Read More

H&M and Zara Are Closing Stores to Get Ahead

Europe's fast-fashion giants have finally arrived in the e-commerce age. → Read More

HSBC Has Been Loyal to Its CEOs—Until John Flint's Ouster Today

What changed to prompt the sudden departure of CEO John Flint? → Read More

As Boris Johnson Takes the Lead, the U.K. is Headed Back to the Brink on Brexit

The U.K.'s new prime minister, has pledged to get the country out of the EU—no matter what. → Read More

Europe Wants to Be the World’s Climate Change Police—If Only It Can Agree on What That Means

Whether Europe can make good on that ambition depends on its factions agreeing on an approach. → Read More

Deutsche Bank Restructuring Means Reckoning With 'Most Dangerous' Past

In undergoing a major restructuring and cutting jobs, Deutsche Bank will contend with two decades of reckless management. → Read More