Latest articles from Nick Kochan

Cutting the global hedge fund industry down to size

January 8, 2007

From New York to London, regulators fearing systemic collapse are pruning away at ‘traditional’ hedge fund management practices. But the industry is not prepared to go down without a fight. Nick Kochan reports on an intensifying skirmish.

Cyprus benefits from safe-haven reputation

October 2, 2006

Location has always proved crucial to Cyprus’s prosperity, and the recent crisis in Lebanon highlighted its role as a safe place to do business for banks, corporates and private investors. Nick Kochan reports.

Hydrocarbon sector to gush

September 4, 2006

Azerbaijan’s oil windfall is calculated to total $1000 dollars per capita per year for the next 20 years. Nick Kochan explains how production is being apportioned.

Fat of the land

September 4, 2006

Azerbaijan is having to balance the demands of the poor with those of cautious economists when it comes to managing its soaring oil wealth. Nick Kochan explains.

Egypt embarks on banking sell-off

September 4, 2006

Egypt is lining up its state-owned banks at the privatisation starting block. Nick Kochan reports on the prospects.

Business as usual in Beirut

September 4, 2006

Nick Kochan explains how contingency planning allowed The Bank of New York Beirut office to remain operational as Israeli bombs fell on Lebanon’s capital.

After the oil is gone

September 4, 2006

Samir Sharifov, Minister of Finance, tells Nick Kochan why Azerbaijan is tapping the Euromarkets as well as making great efforts to build up its non-oil sector.

Western model with an Islamic heart

August 7, 2006

Patience and hard work is beginning to pay off for the founder and CEO of Unicorn Investment Bank, Majid Al Sayed Bader Al-Refai. Nick Kochan reports.

Palestine out in the cold

July 3, 2006

Following the election of a Hamas government, the Palestine Authority has been isolated by the international financial community. Nick Kochan reports on the impact.

Confidence drives upturn

July 3, 2006

Egypt’s minister of finance Youssef Boutros-Ghali tells Nick Kochan that the economy is ripe for investment.

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