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Buying a fintech company? Beware of the numbers

February 14, 2017

Banks looking to partner with or buy a fintech company need to do careful analysis, as the sector is notorious for using non-GAAP financial measures to present a glowing picture. Brian Caplen looks at what to avoid.

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Trump reforms spell boomtime for small US banks

February 6, 2017

US president Donald Trump has called Dodd-Frank a disaster and plans “to do a big number” on it. This push back on regulation could also find its way into Europe, writes Brian Caplen.

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Credit Suisse develops a digital culture in private banking

February 1, 2017

Marco Abele, a digital transformation expert at Credit Suisse, argues that culture – not technology – is the main success factor when re-engineering a bank for the future. He describes to Joy Macknight how the bank architected a culture shift in its private banking business.

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Panda bonds pay off for Standard Chartered

February 1, 2017

Standard Chartered has cemented its place as one of the leading foreign banks in China's onshore bond market through a series of pioneering panda bonds in recent years. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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New year, new bond deal for Ireland

February 1, 2017

Ireland has issued early in January over the past few years, and 2017 was to prove no exception, with the country issuing a 20-year benchmark deal that exceeded expectations with regards to pricing and the geographic spread of investors.

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Arma Partners founder reaps rewards of good timing

February 1, 2017

Arma Partners’ founder Paul-Noël Guély tells Danielle Myles how the success of his tech-focused boutique reflects the new wave of firms offering high-quality specialist and impartial advice.

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China pulls into lead for green investment

February 1, 2017

China is pulling ahead of Europe when it comes to investing in green projects, while president Donald Trump's scepticism towards climate change is risking the US's status in the field, author and professor Mariana Mazzucato tells Stefania Palma.

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Can Vladimir Putin turn off your fridge?

January 31, 2017

An Internet of Things cyberattack is the new risk to banks, writes Brian Caplen.

How should banks proceed into Iran and Myanmar?

January 30, 2017

Western banks are understandably cautious about doing business in Myanmar and Iran, even after changes to sanction rules were introduced in 2016. Matthew Oresman and Aaron Hutman of Pillsbury Law negotiate their way around what remains a delicate subject for many.

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The five-year plan to transform Sri Lanka

January 30, 2017

Sri Lanka has emerged from decades of national unrest and is now fighting to combat corruption and instil fiscal discipline. Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake outlines the government’s new vision for economic development to Jacopo Dettoni. 

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