Latest articles from Geraldine Lambe

Davos 2011

Focus on growth, bankers warn WEF

February 16, 2011

Bankers were back in force at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Professing to be largely in agreement with regulators and policy-makers, they nonetheless warned of the perils of getting regulation wrong and the need to move on from banker-bashing and to focus on growth

Sir David King, head of the Smith school of Enterprise and the Environment

UK low-carbon sector let down by banks and state, says scientist

February 14, 2011

Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, believes the UK's policy-makers and financiers fail to support its promising low-carbon sector. The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, which he heads, is working to change that.

MiFID review could have serious impact on OTC derivatives

January 31, 2011

A proposed reform of MiFID could have a major impact on the OTC derivatives market, and it has been suggested that the authorities are paying only lip-service to consultation.

AIA Group's $20.5bn listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was the biggest IPO in Hong Kong's history

IPOs set to maintain positive momentum

January 31, 2011

Last year was unpredictable for the IPO markets. While some deals performed badly, a lot of IPOs did well and most investors made money. Risks will remain in 2011, particularly in Europe, but emerging markets are seeing a growing share of volumes and prospects are good.

New York Stock Exchange traders are feeling more confident, but still need convincing before investing in banks

Will risk on, risk off continue into 2011?

January 28, 2011

The equity markets have experienced a year of volatility, with significant increases in volume in emerging markets and declines in developed regions. However, participants expect some return to normality and stability in 2011.

Luigi de Vecchi, co-head of the global investment banking department, Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse's Luigi de Vecchi on how the bank's model will deliver

January 28, 2011

Credit Suisse's client-focused model may be vulnerable when client activity is down, but the bank believes that it will deliver over the cycle and is the right one for the business environment being shaped by regulators and policy-makers.

Compulsory merger control not needed

December 23, 2010

A consultation in the UK will look at whether the country should adopt the compulsory merger-control system common in other jurisdictions. Few in the UK think there is a need, as the present system works well.

German banks

German banks feeling the strain

December 23, 2010

Rescue packages and a rebounding economy have stabilised the German banking system. But it remains vulnerable to weak profitability, low-quality capital and exposure to cyclical industries abroad. Moreover, some believe that even the crisis has failed to force structural change. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Marco Mazzucchelli, deputy CEO of GBM and EMEA head of RBS

Marco Mazzucchelli on RBS's slow return to health

December 8, 2010

A poor showing in banking league tables, a third-quarter pre-tax loss of £1.4bn, the hangover of ABN Amro... To the uninitiated, it would seem that RBS is still in turmoil. However, as its global head of banking, deputy CEO of GBM and head of EMEA explains, a deeper analysis shows signs of recovery. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Banks increase physical assets

December 8, 2010

The drive for a cap on position limits in the derivatives markets has led investment banks to increase their presence in the lucrative physical markets. Writer Geraldine Lambe

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