Authors: Cynthia O'Donoghue Daniel Kadar Edward S. Miller Lindsay East M. Tamara Box Philip M. Taylor Richard G. Swinburn Roger Parker

Our Business Across Borders report series, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, investigates the biggest issues facing global business.

The first of five reports and video commentary, Licence to travel, examines the pros and cons of cross-border regulation and the impacts for our clients across key sectors, including financial services, shipping and life sciences.

According to the report’s global survey of business leaders, regulation of business activities is more beneficial than not, to companies expanding into new markets. In fact, more than 62% of respondents reported that regulatory uncertainty is a bigger worry than the actual nature of the regulatory reform, and 65% of top global businesses think regulation at home has made it easier to expand into new markets overseas.

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