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Selective expansion

February 4, 2008

Xiao Gang, chairman of Bank of China, talks to Stephen Timewell about the bank’s domestic and international strategy for the coming year.

No desire to become a Tiger

February 4, 2008

Indonesia’s finance minister Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati tells Neil Sen that she is aiming for sustainable growth that will ensure equality.

Where Russia meets the EU

February 4, 2008

Formed in 1992, Parex has seen off various crises to become Latvia’s second largest bank by selling itself as a channel into western Europe for Russian investors. Robert Anderson reports.

Pekao comes out on top from epic amalgamation

February 4, 2008

Jan Cienski reports from Warsaw on the complex, drawn-out merger of Pekao SA and BPH – an alliance that has created the largest bank in Poland.

From French retail to a global business mix

February 4, 2008

BNP Paribas has been expanding its businesses globally, both through acquisition and organic growth, and the previously predominant French operations are slowly but surely decreasing in significance. In an interview with Brian Caplen, CEO Baudouin Prot says that the anchor to all the bank’s business remains its retail base.

Old-fashioned but not old guard

February 4, 2008

A conservative stance and good risk management are helping ING to keep steady in the credit crunch, CEO Michel Tilmant tells Karina Robinson.

Leumi on top despite privatisation struggle

January 2, 2008

Leumi Bank now leads Israel’s booming banking sector, despite the government’s protracted struggle to sell its controlling stake. David Lipkin reports from Tel Aviv.

New rules to prevent another subprime crisis

January 2, 2008

Jane Monahan talks to Barney Frank, chairman of the US Financial Services Committee, about its plans.

Bolivia’s private banks face a public challenge

January 2, 2008

Bolivia’s finance minister Luis Alberto Arce outlines a programme of state loans to small enterprises and attacks the country’s domestic banks for acting like a syndicate, stifling competition.

A quiet revolution

January 2, 2008

The three-way acquisition of ABN AMRO by RBS, Santander and Fortis proved a remarkable collaborative effort, as Fortis CEO Jean-Paul Votron tells Geraldine Lambe.

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