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Jefferies team teaser

Jefferies deal shows Reits getting more specific

July 3, 2017

The UK REITs sector is finding success in becoming more specialised, as Jefferies discovered when it acted as global coordinator and bookrunner for distribution centre owner Tritax Big Box, in a series of equity offerings. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Clementine Tassin teaser

Suez hybrid sparkles after GE Water deal

July 3, 2017

French water service company Suez is planning a major global expansion through its tie-up with GE Water of the US. David Wigan reports on the details of the 70/30 joint venture with Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which included the use of hybrid bonds.

Infrastructure’s race against the clock

July 3, 2017

Infrastructure bonds have been around for a while but they need stronger government backing if they are to gain traction. 

China financial risk needs more than a clampdown

July 3, 2017

China is targeting high level officials and wealth management products in its assault on shadow banking. But measures only tackle the supply, not the reasons behind the demand for unregulated financing.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Do your customer surveys suck?

June 27, 2017

The feedback economy is largely linked to the restaurant and travel industries but banks could benefit from taking it more seriously, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

When small business goes global

June 20, 2017

With Amazon lending $1bn over the past 12 months to sellers on its platform, banks need to overhaul their SME and trade finance operations or face losing the business, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Rising rates will not increase European bank profits

June 7, 2017

The salvation for depressed European bank earnings is supposed to be rising interest rates. But, writes Brian Caplen, against a backdrop of worsening credit and tougher regulation this may not play out as well as expected.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Using tech the old-fashioned way

June 6, 2017

Hi-tech travelling bankers can aid banks in both improving customer relationships and assessing credit – two banking skills some fear are in decline, writes Brian Caplen.

Yifat Oron teaser

LeumiTech CEO looks to make life easier for tech start-ups

June 1, 2017

Understanding the financial needs of tech companies that lose money but grow fast is LeumiTech’s signature business, its CEO explains to Joy Macknight. 

Klaus Regling teaser

How the ESM fights fires in the eurozone

June 1, 2017

As managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling has overseen the bulk of financial assistance provided to ailing eurozone countries throughout the sovereign debt crisis. He talks to Danielle Myles about Greece, the health of the EU’s banking sector and the future of the monetary union.

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