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Olivier Perquel

New-look Natixis plans to do more with less

Olivier Perquel, the head of financing and global markets at Natixis corporate and investment banking, explains how the revived bank will grow in a shrinking world.

Club Med takeover proves anything but restful for SocGen

Club Med takeover proves anything but restful for SocGen

A bidding war between Chinese and Italian entrepreneurs for France's iconic Club Med holiday resort operator provided a test of nerves for the bankers, and even led to a change in French law.

Christophe Mianné

SocGen plots new course for investment bank growth

Closer coordination with private banking and the integration of its brokerage are part of the strategy for a leaner, more focused Société Générale, its deputy head of corporate and investment banking tells Philip Alexander.

Sophie Javary

BNP Paribas turning balance sheet into fees

After almost two decades’ experience in a pure advisory bank, Sophie Javary is now looking to strengthen the corporate finance business of BNP Paribas, one of Europe’s largest lenders.

Credit Agricole hones debt house role

Crédit Agricole hones debt house role

The corporate and investment banking arm of France’s Crédit Agricole has been through several rounds of strategic repositioning and its chief executive says its final shape is now in sight.

SocGen maps new capital landscape

Société Générale maps new capital landscape

France's Société Générale has responded to the long-awaited finalisation of European capital regulations with a new contingent convertible structure that could set a marker for the market.

Target2-Securities

Target2-Securities: a hit or miss for Europe?

European securities will soon be settled on a central IT platform – Target2 Securities (T2S) – as part of the European Central Bank's initiative to harmonise post-trade standards. With the first wave of implementation scheduled for 2015, Duygu Tavan investigates how the T2S project is progressing and its consequences for the securities industry.

Solid foundations: BNP Paribas strong performance has been attributed to its diversified strategy

BNP Paribas CEO makes the case for diversification

BNP Paribas CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafé tells The Banker why the bank's diversification strategy – along product lines, sectors and geography – is at the heart of its downturn-defying performance of recent years.

From left to right: Frank Kennedy and Valéry Barrier

Deutsche Bank plugs Rexel into the markets

Acting quickly was vital for Deutsche Bank to enable its private equity client to lower its holdings in a leading electrical supplier without unleashing sustained pressure on the share price.

BNP Paribas fixed-income business triumphs over euro adversity

BNP Paribas fixed-income business triumphs over euro adversity

The eurozone is now on the mend, according to BNP Paribas’ Frederic Janbon, but the new regulatory landscape will continue to change the debt business, bringing opportunities as well as challenges.

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