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African companies look abroad to list

Africa’s companies turn to foreign exchanges

September 2, 2013

In the past three years, international equity issuance from African companies has outpaced listings on the continent. This trend looks set to continue for the time being, thanks to the small size of most African exchanges and global investors’ increasing appetite for exposure to the continent.

RBS switches on to hybrid bond market

RBS switches on to hybrid bond market

September 2, 2013

In the past 18 months, RBS has been building out its hybrid issuance capacity, making new hires and reaching out to the largest investors. Its efforts started to pay off in 2013, when the bank notched up a number of mandates in the first six months of the year.

The end of the emerging markets bull run

The end of the emerging markets bull run?

September 2, 2013

Emerging market bond investors, having enjoyed good returns for several years, were jolted in May when the chairman of the US Federal Reserve hinted that the days of quantitative easing were numbered, sparking a mass sell-off of their assets. Was it a temporary blip, or is the emerging market party finally over?

Don't bet against emerging markets

August 22, 2013

Emerging markets – once the darlings of international bond investors amid low yields and paltry growth in the developed world – now seem a lot less enticing. 

Nuno Alves

Utility energises Portuguese debt markets

July 1, 2013

Energias de Portugal reopened the Portuguese securitisation market in May 2013 with a deal that used a new type of underlying asset for the country and an independent investment bank as sole bookrunner. The company's chief financial officer explains how.

Leading the way: French insurance giant Axa is a pioneering force in direct lending by insurance companies

Making the link for non-bank lenders

July 1, 2013

Bank deleveraging in Europe creates an opportunity for institutional and private investors to enter direct lending to a range of sectors, and there are plenty of new approaches and structures emerging.

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.

Government backs Kazakh capital markets revival

Government backs Kazakh capital markets revival

June 3, 2013

Led by innovative deals from development banks, Kazakh bond markets are enjoying a dynamic spell, but pension reform casts uncertainty over the equity markets.

Europe's new corporate funding landscape

Europe’s new corporate funding landscape

June 3, 2013

The eurozone crisis has led to a surge in corporate bond issuance among European companies as they look to diversify from bank funding. But the relationship between banks and corporate clients has scarcely weakened. In some ways, it might even have strengthened.

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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