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Tight window of opportunity

July 4, 2007

A consortium including Goldman Sachs won the mandate for a strategic review and IPO execution for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank. A tight schedule for US distribution and a political/religious row that spilled volatility into the Istanbul stock market failed to derail the sale. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Appetite for lending

July 4, 2007

The syndicated loans market has grown rapidly in recent years, driven primarily by an increase in corporate takeovers, private equity transactions and infrastructure deals. Strong liquidity means there is plenty of cash to invest, and banks are willing lenders. Joanne Hart reports.

Jim Amine

July 4, 2007

The co-head of global leveraged finance at Credit Suisse tells Geraldine Lambe that the leveraged party isn’t over yet and that targeted investors should cushion a downturn.

No longer hidden

July 2, 2007

Hidden assets, previously an obscure investment area dealt with by niche traders, have become increasingly accessible. Natasha de Terán investigates the developments.

The Top 1OOO: How we did it

July 2, 2007

The Top 1000 is a ranking of the world’s commercial banks. Wherever possible, consolidated figures have been taken for the banking group. However, in the case of bancassurance groups, where possible the figures reflect the banking business only.

Middle East triumphs in cost/income race while EU trails behind the rest of world

July 2, 2007

The Banker collects cost/income ratio data from banks as a measure of efficiency among banks across the globe. While methodology among banks across regions varies and what is included can differ, we are attempting to provide a global picture of the measure.

Middle East banks dominate NPL list

July 2, 2007

Philippine National Bank maintains the highest disclosed non-performing loans (NPL) ratio in the Top 1000, at 51.63%, and Egypt’s Bank of Alexandria, the country’s sixth largest bank, has come in second with 26.07%. With three banks in the top 10 disclosed NPLs from Lebanon, led by Fransabank (24.71%), the Lebanese authorities are keen to maintain high levels of disclosure.

Asia and Middle East numbers rise

July 2, 2007

The geographical structure of the 2007 Top 1000 World Banks reflects the increasing size and role of Asian (excluding Japan) and Middle Eastern banks. Their numbers in the ranking have increased by 11 and 10 respectively to reach 174 from Asia and 93 from the Middle East.

Profits growth back on

July 2, 2007

For the fourth successive year, the world’s top banks have produced record pre-tax profits, with The Banker’s 2007 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, based largely on fiscal 2006 results, showing a stunning 21.9% increase in profits to an unprecedented $786.3bn.

China arrivals put paid to US-German tussle

July 2, 2007

The annual tussle in recent years between the US and Germany to produce the highest number of New Arrivals came to an abrupt end this year as China easily ousted them both. The overall number of newcomers dropped significantly to 46, compared with 54 in last year’s and 60 in the two previous listings.

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