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Malaysias recipe for Islamic finance success

Malaysia's recipe for Islamic finance success

March 1, 2015

Growth in Malaysia's Islamic finance market is outstripping that in both the country's conventional banking market and the Islamic industry in the rest of the world. James King looks at the factors fuelling its success. 

Latam starts bridging the infrastructure gap

February 23, 2015

For too long, Latin America has been thwarted by its infrastructure deficit. Finally, the launch of several major projects and myriad small but no less significant ones, suggests that it is doing something about this.

Mark Lewellen

Barclays' DCM team retains focus

February 2, 2015

Mark Lewellen has been busy making sure Barclays’ debt capital markets team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa retains its focus, despite reorganisation to bring investment-grade and emerging market financing and risk management under one umbrella. 

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

February 2, 2015

Launching the first eurozone sovereign benchmark bond of 2015 with a record low yield confirmed that Belgium has overcome the anxious investor perceptions at the height of the 2011 crisis.

How will ECM follow its stellar 2014

Will corporate spin-offs be a key ECM theme in 2015?

February 2, 2015

Equity capital markets enjoyed roaring success in 2014, with a glut of initial public offerings in Europe. For the year ahead, bankers expect corporate spin-offs to emerge as a key trend, although political events could produce unwanted volatility. 

Allianz fills the UK infrastructure funding gaps

Allianz fills the UK infrastructure funding gaps

February 2, 2015

The investment arm of the world's largest insurer, Allianz, is stepping up its efforts to arrange infrastructure financing deals in the UK for distribution to itself and other institutional investors.

Paraguay finance minister looks to make better connections

January 5, 2015

The finance minister of Paraguay, German Rojas, is keep to continue the country's impressive economic performance of recent years, but is fully aware that to do this the state of its crumbling infrastructure must be addressed.

Didier Valet

Investment banking head gives Société Générale a new direction

January 5, 2015

Since Didier Valet took the helm at Société Générale’s investment banking operations much has changed. But Mr Valet is not one to rest on his laurels, with SocGen’s acquisition of Newedge presenting some particularly enticing opportunities.

Hybrid drives Volvo to a steadier credit profile

Hybrid drives Volvo to a steadier credit profile

January 5, 2015

With credit ratings on negative outlook, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo chose a hybrid issue to smooth the road ahead.

The Islamic microfinance challenge

The Islamic microfinance challenge

January 5, 2015

That there is a need for microfinance in predominantly Islamic countries is taken as a given by most, yet providing sharia-compliant microfinance seems to be beyond many financial institutions. So what can be done? James King investigates.

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