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Good timing sees Talanx through choppy waters

German insurer Talanx closed its longest ever bond issue in a very narrow window of opportunity as market volatility intensified in July. Joanne Hart reports.

Gaetano Miccichè

Intesa Sanpaolo head of CIB takes a more global view

Intesa Sanpaolo's head of corporate and investment banking, Gaetano Miccichè, discusses the bank's international expansion plans and the challenges it is facing in its home Italian market thanks to a slow and underdeveloped domestic economy.

Gerard Pannekoek

IPXI president brings trade solution to intellectual property problem

Licensing intellectual property has traditionally been inefficient, opaque, expensive and inclined to legal action, but the chief executive of Intellectual Property Exchange International believes he has the answer. 

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

The UK sterling market has enjoyed a stellar 2014, with RBS playing a leading role in the surge with a series of innovative issuances that have proven popular both within and outside of the UK.

Ecobank enters a new phase

Down but not out: Ecobank enters a new phase

Ecobank’s reputation took a battering last year as it became mired in a well-publicised corporate governance crisis. Its new chief executive, Albert Essien, has restored some calm, and he tells Paul Wallace how he hopes to make the kind of returns that will entice more international investors to buy its stock.

Pol Navarro

Banco Sabadell innovation chief gets head start on Google Glass

Banco Sabadell is trailblazing when it comes to harnessing Google’s Glass technology – a wearable headset that links users to the internet. Jane Cooper talks to the bank’s head of innovation, Pol Navarro, and asks, is this the future of banking?

Mozambique CBG strives for financial sophistication

Central bank governor Ernesto Gove is bullish about Mozambique’s economic prospects, but acknowledges that the banking sector and capital markets need to be developed for the country to truly benefit from its energy boom. 

Goldman opens access for Nigerian banks
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Goldman opens access for Nigerian banks

Investors are willing to diversify into African corporate debt, despite emerging market volatility, as was proved by Goldman Sachs' $400m Tier 2 transaction for Access Bank.

John Rwangombwa

CBG focuses on keeping Rwanda steady

Rwanda’s macroeconomic performance over the past decade has been impressive, and the central bank governor says that developing the country’s bond markets is crucial to ensuring that remains the case.

National Bank finds appetite for Greek assets

National Bank finds appetite for Greek assets

National Bank of Greece has completed a share offering and a highly successful bond placement in the space of two key months for the bank's turnaround.

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