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Italian giant leaps east

May 5, 2008

Italy’s leading light in eastern Europe, UniCredit has ambitious plans after buying into one of the region’s most dynamic markets with its purchase of Ukraine’s Ukrsotsbank, writes Philip Alexander.

Positive prospects in play

May 5, 2008

BCR’s interim CEO is confident that the bank’s transformation will allow it to capitalise on the opportunities presented by one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies, he tells Philip Alexander.

Nestlé takes a health check

May 5, 2008

Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck tells Karina Robinson why the multi-national company, like its customers, is embarking on a wellness and nutrition diet.

Challenges lined up

April 7, 2008

Sheikh Hamad Al-Sayari, governor of the Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency, talks to Stephen Timewell about banking challenges, rising inflation, and planned currency union with the GCC states.

Using its special advantage

April 7, 2008

Peter Wise and Brian Caplen talk to chief executive Ricardo Espírito Santo Salgado about Banco Espírito Santo’s plans to expand further its well-established banking network in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Crisis? What crisis?

April 7, 2008

BBVA is in an enviable position for 2008, having had no involvement with subprime assets. Jules Stewart talks to president and COO José Ignacio Goirigolzarri.

Dresdner keeps strategic focus

April 7, 2008

Despite its write-downs last year and Allianz splitting Dresdner Kleinwort off from rest of the group, Dresdner Bank’s senior executives still see opportunities to progress on the international stage. Philip Alexander reports.

Looking beyond China

March 4, 2008

China Construction Bank is the third largest bank in China and the 14th largest in the world. Stephen Timewell talks to chairman Guo Shuqing about his overseas ambitions and strategy.

‘Transparency is the key word for what we are doing now'

March 4, 2008

European Central Bank governor Jean-Claude Trichet talks to Brian Caplen in Davos about the present crisis, the dangers of opacity and what Europe and the US have in common.

Less a loser, more a team player

March 4, 2008

Critics within his coalition government and the media are rounding on Austria’s ‘ineffectual’ chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer but, he tells Karina Robinson, those who write him off may be in for a surprise.

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