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Deals of the Year 2015

Deals of the Year 2015

In what is mostly still a volatile, unpredictable marketplace, an impressive number of landmark deals have been carried out by banks all over the world in the past 12 months. Here, The Banker recognises the best of them.

Bringing risks out of the shadows

Coming out of the shadows: regulating shadow banking

Increasingly confident that they have made the banking sector resilient to any future financial crisis similar to that of 2008, regulators are now turning their attention to shadow banking. But a very different approach may be necessary.

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking: Poland and Czech Republic hold sway

Central and eastern European banks in the EU faced a sluggish 2013, but Poland led the region in terms of growth and the Czech Republic in terms of returns. Baltic banks are also starting to rise to the challenge.

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Piyush Gupta

DBS: how to expand in Asia

The CEO of Singapore's DBS, Piyush Gupta, talks to Stefania Palma about the potential and pitfalls of building a franchise in Asia and how global banking regulation has become a challenge in itself.

Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos
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Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos

While conflict and economic instability rage all around Turkey, the country is providing an oasis of calm, with an economy set to grow by 3% to 4% in 2015, and a young, educated population proving a draw for investors.

Lebanese banks go global
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Lebanese banks go global

Operating in a relatively small domestic market often beset by social and political upheaval has led Lebanese banks to look overseas as a way of expanding, something from which they are now reaping the dividends.

The north Africa attraction
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Heading west: why Gulf banks are eyeing north Africa

The countries of north Africa have been proving attractive for lenders from the Gulf region for decades, but in recent years this activity has picked up, with Egypt a particularly popular destination. Tom Stevenson looks at the reasons why Gulf banks are heading west. 

Laos minds the growth gap

Is the Laos growth story reaching an end?

After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.

Egypt on the comeback trail
From World / Africa / Egypt

On the comeback trail: Egypt's banks start to blossom

The global financial crisis and Arab Spring uprisings all but decimated Egypt's economy. However, its banks survived this period with admirable resilience, and now that the economy is back on an upward spiral, they are looking to cash in.

Alonso Segura

Peru's finance minister makes a mobile banking call

Peru's new finance minister, Alonso Segura, is keen to push ahead with plans to diversify the country's economy, reduce informality and finally move banking into the mobile area.

Algerian banks toll as oil prices slide
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Algeria's banks toll as oil prices slide

A plunge in oil prices has brought uncertainty to Algeria's banking sector, which is facing declining profitability and tightening liquidity, leading to calls for far-reaching reforms.

Stable and spreading
From World / Africa / Morocco

Stable and spreading: Morocco's banks make their presence felt

Home to some of Africa's largest banks, Morocco has weathered both the financial crisis and regional political upheaval. Now its financial institutions are beginning to extend their reach into the rest of the continent.

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking: Poland and Czech Republic hold sway

Central and eastern European banks in the EU faced a sluggish 2013, but Poland led the region in terms of growth and the Czech Republic in terms of returns. Baltic banks are also starting to rise to the challenge.

Implementing reform Ukrainian style
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Implementing reform Ukrainian style

Ukraine’s banking crisis extends far further than the country's recent troubles, says James Hydzik, but finally the central bank is cleaning up the sector and bringing banks to heel. 

Lebanon in stasis
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In stasis: Lebanon's economy stifled by Syria and political deadlock

The civil war in bordering Syria and a stagnant political scene have caused Lebanon's economy to grow at a slow pace in recent years. While factors such as the low oil price give some cause for optimism, the prevailing feeling of uncertainty in the country means few see it realising its full potential any time soon.

Malaysia shaken but not stirred

Shaken but not stirred: Malaysia sustains oil price drop

Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets. 

private banking in 2015

In flux: private banking in 2015

Private banking and wealth management can be hugely lucrative, bringing in fees and boosting profits in a way that other areas of banking struggle to match. However, increased regulatory pressures and the emergence of newer, cheaper online competitors are shifting the landscape of the market. Jane Monahan examines an industry at a crossroads.

The password chaos solution at our fingertips

The password chaos solution at our fingertips

Remembering dozens of passwords is a nigh-on impossible task for most people, meaning they either forget them – and then have to endure lengthy re-registering processes – or write them down, thus increasing the risk of being hacked. A number of solutions to this 'password chaos' are becoming available, as Jane Cooper discovers.

Russian banks adapt to a new normal
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Russian banks adapt to a new normal

Banks in Russia are feeling the force of Western sanctions, with funds from international capital markets slowing and deposits experience a lull, but some institutions are finding ways to maintain commercial relationships with foreign investors. 

Top 100 Russian banks ranking

Top 100 Russian banks ranking: Russia's troubles rumble on

Russia's banks endured a tough 2013, as shown by the results in The Banker's Top 100 ranking, with the picture only likely to get bleaker when the impact of a turbulent 2014 is known.

Recovery may stymie reform in Russia
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Recovery may stymie reform in Russia

With the six-month drop in the global oil price stinging the Russian economy, it looked as if the country's government would introduce reforms to protect it against future shocks. But with prices on the brink of a recovery, this positive momentum towards change is in danger of being lost. 

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The top five UK banks

UK Banks Top 5 2015 teaser

With the UK general election being held on May 7, The Banker takes a look at the country's banking landscape, ranking the top five UK banks by Tier 1 capital.

Lesetja Kganyago, governor, South African Reserve Bank - View from ARC 2015

 
 
James King, regional editor of The Banker, speaks with Lesetja Kganyago, governor at South African Reserve Bank, during the African Regional Conference (ARC) held in Cape Town, South Africa.  

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The day conduct risk came knocking

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

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