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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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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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Keeping the dividends: why banks must spend spare cash on technology

January 26, 2016

Bank shareholders disappointed by poor dividend returns in recent years are set for further anguish, according to a report from Oliver Wyman, which says any excess cash should be spent on upgrading technology in order to compete with fintech disruptors.

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A more positive picture for Greece and its banks

January 25, 2016

There is a real chance that the Greek economy could recover significantly in 2016 following the successful recapitalisation of its main banks late last year, but first the country must take some important steps, not least regaining the trust of foreign investors, according to John (Iannis) Mourmouras, the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Greece.

What all regulators must do to promote financial inclusion

January 25, 2016

The annual Microscope global report on financial inclusion provides a kind of open-source regulation for fostering the right environment to give everyone access to banking and credit services, wherever they are, writes Michael Schlein, president and chief executive of Accion. 

Don't expect regulators to solve volatile markets

January 25, 2016

Regulatory constraints on bank balance sheets may result in reduced market liquidity, but regulators are willing to pay that price to build more resilient financial institutions.

Chinese regulators and foreign investors need to meet in the middle

January 25, 2016

Worries over China's economy would abate if market authorities communicated better and avoided overzealous interventions. And, for their part, investors should keep their cool when faced with less-than-stellar growth figures.

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Social impact investing: doing good and making money

January 19, 2016

As cash-strapped governments continue to tighten their belts, 'social impact investing' – in which the wealthy fund schemes or projects that benefit society but also provide a return – is becoming more and more appealing.

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Will India be 2016's bearer of good news?

January 11, 2016

Two-thousand and sixteen ushered in an uncertain economic climate in many parts of the world, but the prospects for India look strong. However, the country must keep spending in check and continue along its reform path if it is to remain 'the last BRIC standing'. 

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