Let's Put the Future Behind Us
Blackthorne L.L.C. is a brokerage and holdings firm based out of Hong Kong-Macau. Easily the smallest of the zaibatsu, Blackthorne wields an amount of influence that is incommensurate with its size, as many of the zaibatsu refuse to trade privately due to pressure from their shareholders. Trading via Blackthorne lends corporate transactions an air of authority and transparency that would not otherwise be available to the multinationals.
This unique arrangement guarantees that Blackthorne has a certain amount of agency with regards to the transactions that are brokered. Although the power is rarely publicly exercised, the firm has occasionally refused to broker deals that would serve to its detriment, and one assumes that such strong-arming freely continues behind closed doors.