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Sophie Javary

BNP Paribas turning balance sheet into fees

February 3, 2014

After almost two decades’ experience in a pure advisory bank, Sophie Javary is now looking to strengthen the corporate finance business of BNP Paribas, one of Europe’s largest lenders.

James Cowles

Smith Barney veteran steering Citi’s new start in Europe

January 2, 2014

James Cowles is driving Citi's refreshed network of coverage bankers and better-integrated trade and treasury services offering in the largest revenue-generating region for the bank's reorganised institutional client group.

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

December 2, 2013

Sanjeev Kumar leads a corporate advisory team at RBS designed to maintain the ability to provide large corporates with strategic advice after the bank’s exit from mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He tells The Banker why talk is valuable.

Credit Agricole hones debt house role

Crédit Agricole hones debt house role

November 1, 2013

The corporate and investment banking arm of France’s Crédit Agricole has been through several rounds of strategic repositioning and its chief executive says its final shape is now in sight.

Gael de Boissard

Credit Suisse chief earns time to stop and think

October 1, 2013

Early moves to reduce leverage and cut non-core businesses at Credit Suisse have allowed its investment bank co-head to think carefully about the future of the market, and how to adapt to it.

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

September 2, 2013

The creation of a single financial institutions group at Barclays in February 2013 formalised increasingly close co-operation between coverage investment bankers and capital markets practitioners. The co-head of its FIG EMEA capital markets unit tells Philip Alexander how this has been working.

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

August 1, 2013

VTB Capital is already established as Russia’s largest investment bank. Bulgarian national Atanas Bostandjiev explains the state-owned bank's plans to expand its activities into new markets.

Helen Wong, HSBC China

HSBC bets big on China

July 1, 2013

HSBC China has expanded rapidly since being established in 2007. Its chief executive and deputy chairman, Helen Wong, says it wants to retain its position as the largest foreign lender in China, and boost its ties with Bank of Communications, in which HSBC has a large stake. She insists, too, that the outlook for the country's economy is rosy. 

Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell

New arrival leads BAML's emerging markets push

June 3, 2013

When Bank of America-Merrill Lynch hired Alexander Wilmot-Sitwell from UBS last year to front its Europe and emerging markets (excluding Asia) operations, it caused a stir. As he explains to The Banker, the move has been mutually beneficial.

James Hartop

A changed role for the classic investment banker at UBS

May 1, 2013

UBS undertook one of the more radical post-crisis changes of strategy in 2012, and its head of European advisory, James Hartop, explains how the new structure enables his team to move beyond pure merger and acquisition work.

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