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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

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Top 100 Russian banks ranking 2016: Screws tighten on Russia’s banks

February 1, 2016

While most large Russian banks have managed to hold onto their position relative to each other, they have all suffered significant falls in Tier 1 capital and profits as they find themselves challenged by currency depreciation and difficult market conditions. Written by Matthew Karwacki, research by Valeria Yakutovich.

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BNP Paribas ushers in digital CIB

February 1, 2016

BNP Paribas’ head of digital transformation for corporate and institutional banking, Rudi Collin, talks to Joy Macknight about his vision for transforming the bank into a truly digital organisation. 

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China tackles local governments' financial woes

February 1, 2016

Huge debts and questionable investments have driven many Chinese local governments to the brink. Now regulators have stepped in with a package of reforms. Stefania Palma asks how effective the new measures will be after decades of poor supervision.

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Top 500 Banking Brands 2016

February 1, 2016

Market and currency volatility have shaken up The Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brand rankings. However, the main story of 2016 is the speed at which Chinese banking brands are gaining ground on their US counterparts. Joy Macknight reports.

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Africa's growing local currency debt markets

February 1, 2016

As borrowing in dollars becomes increasingly expensive, the appetite for bonds in indigenous denominations in Africa is strengthening across the sub-Saharan region. However, longer yield curves and cross-border issuance will be necessary for continuing growth.

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Haitong eyes further expansion after buying Portugal's BESI

February 1, 2016

Two months after finalising Haitong Securities' acquisition of Novo Banco's investment banking unit, now called Haitong Bank, the parent company's deputy CEO and the UK head of the new bank talk about the acquisition, their international growth plans and what a jittery renminbi means to them. 

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A bumpy ride on Cyprus's road to recovery

February 1, 2016

Things are looking up for banks in Cyprus, as the financial sector and economy recover. But a difficult journey still lies ahead with NPLs still high and calls for consolidation among the country's banks growing louder.

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Italian private banks get a makeover to win asset-rich clients

February 1, 2016

Low interest rates and global market volatility are encouraging Italians to demand better returns from their private banks. How are wealth managers responding? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

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Daimler steers clear of volatility with early issuance

February 1, 2016

The second half of 2015 was tough for many companies in the automotive sector, but German giant Daimler started 2016 on the front foot with a big euro issuance. Joanne Hart reports. 

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Top 100 Russian banks ranking 2016: Screws tighten on Russia’s banks

February 1, 2016

While most large Russian banks have managed to hold onto their position relative to each other, they have all suffered significant falls in Tier 1 capital and profits as they find themselves challenged by currency depreciation and difficult market conditions. Written by Matthew Karwacki, research by Valeria Yakutovich.

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Towers Watson and Willis Group pull off a merger of equals

February 1, 2016

The merger of HR consultancy Towers Watson and insurance broker Willis Group raised plenty of cross-border challenges for their legal advisers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher on both sides of the Atlantic. Edward Russell-Walling reports. 

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Citi DCM EMEA chief still sees ways of getting business done

February 1, 2016

The economic outlook is uncertain at best, but Citi’s head of DCM and syndicate business for EMEA, Will Weaver, is confident that issuers can successfully hit the market if they get their timing right. Michael Watt reports. 

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Global banks continue to cut jobs

February 2, 2016
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European banks set to implement larger cuts in staff numbers than their peers in the US, although big cuts are expected across the board.

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Denise Li, president of Chinese private equity firm PGC Capital, tells Stefania Palma, Asia editor at The Banker, why the UK is a preferred destination for mainland investors and why the best investment value lies outside of London.  

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