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Al Rayan unlocks UK sharia-compliant RMBS

April 3, 2018

When the UK’s Al Rayan Bank needed funding to sustain expansion, it was bound by sharia rules on interest. Its innovative solution was a residential mortgage-backed securitisation, which successfully attracted a mixture of investors, as David Wigan reports.

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Iceland bond issue brings it in from the cold

March 1, 2018

As part of its journey back to prosperity after a severe recession, Iceland made a belated return to the international markets with a successful bond issuance. David Wigan reports.

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Complex but rewarding: how 2018 is shaping up for UK banks

March 1, 2018

After a bumper 2017, UK bank treasury departments are forging ahead with their funding and capital strategies. At the front of their minds is the end of the central bank’s liquidity schemes, ring-fencing complications, and the first UK senior non-preferred bond. Danielle Myles reports.

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Is the Gulf's M&A banking boom over?

March 1, 2018

The Banker’s merger and acquisition figures for 2017 show the end of the Gulf’s buying spree and a sharp increase in activity from Africa and the Levant. James King reports.

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Middle East and Africa M&A scene still has cards to play

March 1, 2018

While 2017 was not the banner year for M&A in the Middle East and Africa that 2016 had been, headline-grabbing deals were still being struck, notably FirstRand Limited’s acquisition of Aldermore. James King reports.

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VW Bank extinguishes emissions fallout to make solo return

February 1, 2018

After the damaging emissions scandal in 2015, Volkswagen came back fighting in 2017. This led to VW Bank, freshly separated from VW Financial Services, issuing a three-tranche deal that exceeded all expectations. David Wigan reports.

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Leveraged finance: bubble, bubble, toil and trouble?

February 1, 2018

Life is a dream for US and European leveraged borrowers, with everything from terms to pricing working aggressively in their favour. Participants claim the pre-crisis excesses are a thing of the past, but there are new risks lurking in today’s record-breaking volumes. Danielle Myles reports.

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Innogy green bond launch proves a breeze

January 2, 2018

Innogy, the youthful business that was spun out of RWE in 2016, found plenty of takers when it decided on a green bond programme to complement its sustainable wind energy credentials. David Wigan reports.

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Fintech and Islamic finance: a mutually beneficial match?

December 1, 2017

As sharia-compliant finance grows and institutions embrace mobile and internet banking, observers believe the opportunities offered by Islamic fintech will become irresistible to the sector – despite its lack of global standards. Kit Gillet reports.

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Nigeria edges closer to Islamic banking goal

December 1, 2017

Now that important issuance and regulation milestones have been passed, Nigeria is well placed to succeed in its aim to become Africa’s Islamic banking hub. Kit Gillet reports.

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