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Pakistan banks branch out to fight drop in profits

July 3, 2017

While relatively healthy, Pakistan’s banks are looking for ways to diversify in a bid to boost profits. These include digital branches, non-branch banking and more innovative lending, reports Edward Russell-Walling.

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Can Pakistan hold its nerve and sustain economic growth?

July 3, 2017

Pakistan’s GDP growth is up, its budget deficit is down and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor promises to bring with it major investment. But observers are warning against government complacency as its privatisation programme stalls and power debts remain unpaid. 

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Jefferies deal shows Reits getting more specific

July 3, 2017

The UK REITs sector is finding success in becoming more specialised, as Jefferies discovered when it acted as global coordinator and bookrunner for distribution centre owner Tritax Big Box, in a series of equity offerings. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Appetite for infrastructure keeps Nomura busy

June 1, 2017

Nomura’s natural resources, power and infrastructure EMEA team have worked on deals from the Philippines to France, involving airports, roads and power generation, and investors from equally diverse origins. UK water companies are a popular segment – and even Brexit has failed to dull the appetite, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Lebanon's banks advance with caution despite impressive results

June 1, 2017

The environment in which Lebanon's banks have been operating has been challenging, meaning that despite their steady growth a backdrop of uncertainty is influencing policy. And they are also having to contend with a public backlash regarding profits from a central bank swap offer, writes Edward Russell-Walling.

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New president, new hope for Lebanon

June 1, 2017

The long-awaited election of a new president in Lebanon has been welcomed both at home and abroad. However, the political process in the country is still moving at a snail's pace, and issues such as the influx of Syrian refugees and an eye-watering debt-to-GDP ratio continue to loom large, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Are Lebanon’s Salamé days coming to an end?

June 1, 2017

Long-serving governor Riad Salamé is coming to the end of his fourth term at the helm of the Banque du Liban, Lebanon's central bank. Speculation is rife about whether he will be replaced but, as he tells Edward Russell-Walling, the decision is out of his hands.

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Barclays leads chemicals M&A renaissance

May 2, 2017

In a busy chemicals M&A arena, Barclays' EMEA team has been making waves. Edward Russell-Walling looks at its work on the acquisition of the US's Airgas by France's Air Liquide, as well as compatriot Total's sale of Atotech.

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Citi shows appetite for Egypt remains healthy

April 3, 2017

Political unrest, high public debt and a drop in tourism have hit Egypt’s fortunes in recent years. But as a successful $4bn debt-raising deal has shown, investor appetite is recovering. Edward Russell-Walling spoke to the team from joint lead manager Citi.

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SGCIB looks to fill the covered bonds gap

March 1, 2017

No one in the covered bonds market had a busier start to 2017 than Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, seen as a leading liquidity provider. And while others are pulling out of the sector, SGCIB perceives this as a chance to increase its share of the market, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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