After five years of losses, the Slovenian banking sector is back in the black.
Just as the global markets show signs of a meaningful post-crisis recovery, major global events set things back again. But against a backdrop of tensions in Russia, a slowdown in China, the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe and the oil price hitting a historic low, a number of companies and banks have managed to churn out stellar deals. The Banker recognises them in 2016’s Deals of the Year awards.
Riccardo Orcel, the head of global banking at VTB Capital, speaks to Stefanie Linhardt about cultivating the bank’s domestic Russian operation and taking an idiosyncratic approach to growing business in global markets.
The Philippines has grown to have some of the strongest economic fundamentals in south-east Asia, thanks in no small part to the economic policies rolled out by finance secretary Cesar Purisima over the past six years. He talks to Stefania Palma.
The south-eastern European states formerly associated with the Soviet Union have been slow to privatise state-owned assets when compared with their western European neighbours, but political reforms and softening attitudes mean fresh momentum is spurring a wave of long-delayed sell-offs in the region, particularly in Serbia and Slovenia.
Filipino banks continue to be some of the healthiest lenders in Asia. Now, record volumes in equity and debt capital markets offer a further source of growth in one of the strongest banking sectors in the region. Stefania Palma reports.
While Turkey's economic picture is by no means rosy, due in no small part to its political uncertainty and lack of capital, the country remains one of the stronger performing emerging markets, as demonstrated by its impressive bond market activity in 2016.
At first glance, South Africa is in a position of near-crisis. Its economic growth is sluggish, its government is making a series of unpopular decisions, and a severe drought is denting its agricultural output. However, the private sect seems to approve of the country's new finance minister, and the rand is showing signs of stability. So is there cause for optimism? James King investigates.
The bond market endured a miserable start to 2016, with January dead and February not much better. However, things sparked into life with the record-breaking Anheuser-Busch InBev euro-denominated bond. Edward Russell-Walling speaks to the BNP Paribas team that helped bring the deal to fruition.