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Pakistan banks defy economic gloom

Pakistan's banks defy economic gloom

October 1, 2014

With ongoing political turmoil, foreign banks may have all but packed up and left Pakistan, but the financial sector has barely noticed. Indeed, assets and deposits have doubled between the end of 2008 and June 2014, while Islamic banking has begun to make its impact felt. 

Pakistan's microfinance industry identifies growth path

October 1, 2014

Pakistan's microfinance industry has slowly been gaining traction in recent years, and is in for a huge boost when new biometric identification methods are brought into the mainstream – primarily to help combat terrorism – which will allow banks to verify new customers remotely.

Giving Pakistan's privatisation drive a push

October 1, 2014

Having had a long and successful career in the commercial sector, Mohammad Zubair, Pakistan's privatisation minister, understands the importance of the country's privatisation drive. But, not everybody shares his enthusiasm, with the heavily unionised companies putting up resistance to the privatisation plans, and foreign investors wary of the country's less-than-perfect track record in denationalisation deals.

A glimmer of hope for Pakistan

A glimmer of hope for Pakistan's economy

October 1, 2014

Dogged by a history of political instability, Pakistan has struggled to secure trading partners or attract much in the way of foreign investment, at the expense of its economy. However, a new pro-business government and a revival in GDP growth suggest that the country's economic fortunes might finally be on the up.

JPMorgan Team of the Month October

JP Morgan's express recipe for takeaway pizza

October 1, 2014

JP Morgan provided Chinese private equity fund Hony with advice on its first foray into the UK market and a financing package that did not rely on Chinese banks, to become preferred bidder for the Pizza Express restaurant chain.

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

September 1, 2014

The UK sterling market has enjoyed a stellar 2014, with RBS playing a leading role in the surge with a series of innovative issuances that have proven popular both within and outside of the UK.

Goldman opens access for Nigerian banks

Goldman opens access for Nigerian banks

August 1, 2014

Investors are willing to diversify into African corporate debt, despite emerging market volatility, as was proved by Goldman Sachs' $400m Tier 2 transaction for Access Bank.

Citi makes connections for Bangladesh corporate debut

July 1, 2014

Banglalink was able to issue Bangladesh's first ever international bond under the stewardship of Citi, thanks to its great growth potential and the backing of foreign ownership.

UniCredit partnership animates Italian stock exchange

UniCredit partnership animates Italian stock exchange

June 2, 2014

The first Italian initial public offering of 2014 cemented confidence in UniCredit's unusual partnership model with Kepler Cheuvreux in equity capital markets.

UBS makes it third time lucky for ISS

UBS makes it third time lucky for ISS

May 1, 2014

With renewed appetite for European IPOs, UBS's business service team has a busy pipeline of deals. It started the year well, with a mandate from ISS, which has a history of aborted sales, but which UBS secured a solid buyer base for.

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