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El Banquero

May 2, 2002

Trimming off unprofitable Latin American business and expanding further in Europe are just two prongs in Emilio Botin's strategy for Santander Central Hispano. Karina Robinson reports.

Business can help alleviate poverty

March 2, 2002

As world leaders, bankers and non-governmental organisations gather in Monterrey, Mexico, for the Financing for Development conference, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan tells The Banker about his hopes for the summit.

Uneasy bedfellows face the morning after

July 2, 2001

Can JP Morgan Chase overcome a culture clash to emerge at the top of the banking pile?

Time runs out for the technocrat

May 2, 2001

Karina Robinson interviews Pedro Malan, Brazil's finance minister, who has less than two years left in office before elections.

Right, said Fred, both of us together

April 2, 2001

Karina Robinson talks to Fred Goodwin, group chief executive, Royal Bank of Scotland.

All power to the super regulator

February 2, 2001

Karina Robinson talks to the FSA’s Sir Howard Davies.

No more Tequila crises?

July 26, 2000

Guillermo Ortiz looks thoroughly at home in his opulent offices at the Central Bank of Mexico. But, as he points out, in the early 1980s he was already ensconced in the Bank’s economic research bureau.

Merger is not the only route

April 2, 2000

Emilio Botín, co-chairman of Banco Santander Central Hispano explains how mergers can help achieve shareholder value.

The big issue

October 1, 1999

The success of Metsä-Serla's euro-denominated Eurobond issue reveals a healthy appetite for credit products and a willingness to look to the emerging euro market. 

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