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Economic headwinds look set to revive African M&A

March 1, 2017

African M&A was down in 2016 from the previous year as foreign investors stayed away, with only Egypt enjoying notable activity. However, economic headwinds are likely to drive consolidation, especially among smaller regional banks, in 2017. James King reports.

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Lebanon takes a consolidatory route

March 1, 2017

Lebanon was a hub of M&A activity in 2016, with the country's larger banks buying up smaller operators, while global lenders exited the scene. James King reports.

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How derisking became a humanitarian issue

February 1, 2017

The withdrawal of correspondent banking from high-risk markets, or ‘derisking’, is an increasingly common response from banks wanting to avoid punitive fines. But its human cost means there is an urgent need for alternatives, as James King reports. 

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Abu Dhabi targets fintech hub status

February 1, 2017

Keen to diversify its economy further away from oil, Abu Dhabi is looking to position itself as the fintech hub for the Middle East and Africa, backed by projects such as the RegLab sandbox. James King reports.

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Angolan SWF chairman looks to facilitate move away from oil

February 1, 2017

Josė Filomeno dos Santos, chairman of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, outlines how it is reducing the country’s dependence on oil in favour of infrastructure, agriculture and timber. James King reports.

Top 100 African Banks: smaller lenders make biggest gains

January 3, 2017

Only one-quarter of the top 20 African banks showed an increase in Tier 1 capital in the The Banker's rankings, as the continent suffered a combination of currency volatility, low commodity prices and political instability. James King reports.

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Dr Okechukwu Enelamah: How the MITI Plan can revitalise Nigeria

January 1, 2017

Nigeria’s strategy for regenerating its flagging economy centres on partnering with the private sector to drive sectors such as manufacturing, textiles and agriculture. 

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Joseph I Lieberman: The case against investing in Iran

January 1, 2017

Banks that do business with Iran should bear in mind the legal, political, financial and reputational risks to both the company and its employees.

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The great global energy 'trilemma'

January 1, 2017

How to find cheap, sustainable and non-polluting forms of energy is an ongoing challenge for global leaders, who have also to contend with climate change, decarbonisation and political insularity. James King looks at what the future holds within the market.

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The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions – 2016

November 1, 2016

Having tracked the development of Islamic finance for a decade, the latest results in the The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking for 2016 reveal a sector that has enjoyed admirable growth compared with its conventional peers. James King reports.

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