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JPMorgan finds European equities still resilient after 2015 turbulence

European equities stayed strong in 2015 despite events in Greece and China. Klauss Hessberger and Achintya Mangla, co-heads of European ECM at JP Morgan, talk to Michael Watt about their team's activity during these tricky periods. 


Pakistan makes successful return to the bond market

Political and economic instability have kept Pakistan out of the bond markets for the best part of the past decade. However, with the reform-minded Nawaz Sharif government instilling confidence in investors, Citi has helped to facilitate the country's return to the markets.


Ghana breaks sub-Saharan Africa records with Eurobond

Ghana has overcome delays and disruptive economic conditions to issue the longest ever sub-Saharan African Eurobond. 


US Bank chief innovation officer looks to plug into the community

How can banks better serve their customers? Go ‘hyper-local’ and deliver actionable information at a community level, US Bank chief innovation officer Dominic Venturo tells Joy Macknight.

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Swift CEO sees further opportunities in Asia and Africa

In advance of Sibos 2015 in Singapore, Swift chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt talks to Brian Caplen about progress in payments and the society's developments in Asian and African markets.

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Baird reaps rewards of US private equity taste for Europe

Mergers and acquisition specialists Baird has used its  trans-Atlantic strength to cash in on a rush of US private equity firms to European shores. 

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Merck’s three-stage launch takes off

Merck’s acquisition of fellow pharmaceuticals group Sigma-Aldrich required a great deal of forward planning and the nerve to be the first transaction after the summer break without a roadshow.


BNP Paribas begins mass production

Investment banking is in an extreme state of flux, and BNP Paribas is undergoing a deep reorganisation of its global markets division. Michael Watt talks to its head of global markets about mass production, cost pressures and the future of the industry. 

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Borsa Istanbul CEO looks to lead Turkey to a brighter future

Borsa Istanbul's recent mergers with a series of other exchanges in Turkey have expanded its remit and influence significantly. Its CEO, Tuncay Dinc, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he hopes the bourse will lead both Istanbul's ambitions to become a major financial centre and Turkey's efforts to become a top 10 global economy.


Resilient Qatar looks to further economic diversification

The drop in oil prices has not hit Qatar's economy particularly hard, and its central bank governor, Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, is looking to further diversification, a strong banking sector, infrastructure investment and closer ties with China to keep the country in the fast lane when it comes to economic growth.

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