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Retrospective taxation could prove an own goal for cash-strapped governments

April 23, 2012

At a time of fiscal austerity across many countries in Europe, clampdowns on tax planning by large corporates or wealthy individuals play favourably with voters. But they can also undermine competitiveness and the fragile economic recovery.

London bids to play renminbi strong suit

London bids to play renminbi strong suit

April 2, 2012

As China has moved to speed up the internationalisation of its domestic currency since the financial crisis, the UK has made no secret of its willingness to play a role in this process. But much work still needs to be done with regards to trade settlements between the two countries, as well as improving transport links and communications.

SocGen moves fast to make most of DCM boom

SocGen's DCM team makes most of bank disintermediation trend

April 2, 2012

Thus far, 2012 has witnessed a marked trend of corporates eschewing bank lending and turning instead to the debt capital markets. By acting quickly, the DCM team at SGCIB has put itself at the forefront of many of these deals.

Antonio Cacorino and Amir Hoveyda

Bulge bracket pair scale down for StormHarbour

April 2, 2012

Boutique investment bank StormHarbour was created in 2009 with the intention of reviving a more tailored and less conflicted approach to serving clients. The idea is attracting a growing number of heavy hitters.

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Foreign exchange still in everyone’s sights

April 2, 2012

Higher volumes than before the financial crisis and a growing number of heavyweight currencies are attracting investment banks, but the global foreign exchange pie may not be large enough for everyone to have a slice.

Politics can still trump prudence

February 1, 2012

Regulators are making much of macroprudential tools to prevent future bubbles. But regulatory capture remains an obvious risk.

Steward Gulliver teaser

HSBC refuses to rest on its laurels

January 3, 2012

HSBC has not suffered in the global financial crisis as badly as many of its UK counterparts, and it is already well established in the high-growth emerging markets likely to dominate world trade in the coming decades. However, the bank's new chief executive still believes it could be offering better value to HSBC investors.

Commodities supp teaser

Can the UK stage its own shale gas revolution?

December 1, 2011

The UK is reported to be sitting on enough shale gas to cover its gas consumption for more than 60 years. But unlike the US, concerns surrounding mineral rights, a greater population density and its impact on the environment means pushing ahead with exploration is easier said than done.

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Vickers gives bank treasurers a splitting headache

December 1, 2011

Some UK bankers are warning that ring-fencing deposits in the largest banks will drive up capital and funding costs. However, there are those, including some major investors, who claim that the opposite may turn out to be true.

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Vickers report leaves investment banking shrouded in uncertainty

December 1, 2011

The proposals by the UK's Independent Commission on Banking are likely to change investment banks’ business models in the country fundamentally. The biggest effect could be to increase their funding costs, which might force more UK companies to turn to bonds instead of loans. But plenty of questions remain unanswered.

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