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Paraguay finance minister looks to make better connections

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

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

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

Stanchart helps Vietnam tap rarity value
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Stanchart helps Vietnam tap rarity value

Vietnam’s third trip to the international bond markets in a decade became one of the most oversubscribed Asian bond offerings ever.

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Why Zopa scores highly in the rating game

The credit rating capabilities of peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa has proved to be more effective than those in many banks. Giles Andrews, the company's CEO, explains how the company has honed such technology and discusses the possibility of outsourcing it to banks.

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Abbey National rides again

Santander's UK operation successfully launched its euro unsecured bond at a time when other banks were looking at covered bonds.

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DC helps Gorkana find its target audience

Daiwa's European mergers and acquisitions arm, DC Advisory, enabled the private equity owners of media and PR monitoring service Gorkana to find the ideal industry buyer.

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Citi rides the Asian tiger

With global expansion focused on the Asia-Pacific region, Citi is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth, with its long presence in the region. Its chief executive in the region talks to Stefania Palma.

Samuel Brew-Butler

A coming of age for African project finance: Ghana's KIPP development

Ghanaian independent power project sponsor Cenpower proved that African money can finance African private sector infrastructure initiatives by raising $900m in project finance to develop the Kpone Independent Power Plant.

Chris Larsen

Ripple Labs CEO looks to revolutionise online payments

Transferring money across borders through traditional correspondent banking networks can be time consuming and expensive for both business and consumers. Chris Larsen, CEO of Ripple Labs, believes he has the solution in Ripple, his open-source payment and currency exchange system, which can integrate with banks’ existing networks.  

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