Latest articles from Paul Wallace

Nigeria’s bad bank: here to stay

April 1, 2014

Amcon, Nigeria’s resolution vehicle set up after its 2009 financial crisis, has made a lot of progress restructuring the billions of dollars of loans it holds. But its chief executive Mustafa Chike-Obi says its work will get harder and argues against calls for it to be wound down quickly.

Nigerian banks shrug off regulatory headaches

April 1, 2014

Nigeria’s banks may be suffering the impact of regulatory changes and monetary tightening, but the country’s robust growth and economic reforms are taking away the sting.

Godwin Emefiele

The tough act to follow at Nigeria's central bank

April 1, 2014

Investors in Nigeria were shocked when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended in February. His likely successor, Godwin Emefiele, is a very different character, but he will be keen to prove he is no less independent.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria: still on track?

April 1, 2014

Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy has increased its appeal to the world’s emerging market investors. But political tensions ahead of next year’s elections and failed reforms have exposed some glaring weaknesses.

A fine frenzy

A fine frenzy! How banks are paying the price for the subprime crisis

March 3, 2014

Over the past two years banks have been hit by a huge wave of litigation relating to residential mortgages, interbank rates, consumer insurance and money laundering. Though lenders have largely managed to absorb the costs fairly easily, it seems that the regulators are not quite finished when it comes to dishing out fines.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's FM prepares for 'brutal' year

March 3, 2014

With elections looming, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s next year as Nigeria’s finance minster promises to be even more demanding that usual. But she is determined to ensure that the country’s strong macroeconomic performance of recent years and reform agenda do not slip. 

Amara Konneh

Liberia's finance minister looks to turn economic fortunes around

February 3, 2014

Liberia’s economy has come a long way since its devastating civil war ended 11 years ago, but it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Amara Konneh, who won The Banker’s African Finance Minister of the Year award for 2014, tells Paul Wallace how the Liberian government is trying to change that.

The Top 500 Banking Brands, 2014

The Top 500 Banking Brands, 2014

February 3, 2014

Brand valuations for US and European banks once again rose sharply. For emerging market lenders, the ranking looks less encouraging.

Names in the game: Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (left) and Italy’s Monte dei Paschi (right) both plan on raising equity in the next 12 months

Europe’s ECM market set to thrive

February 3, 2014

Europe’s equity capital markets picked up in 2013 after three years of declining volumes. Equity bankers are confident that this year will be just as busy, even if supply from Europe’s banks – traditionally the biggest issuers – wanes.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve

Building Francophone Africa’s capital markets

January 2, 2014

Francophone west Africa’s regional stock exchange, the BRVM, suffers from low turnover and a lack of listings. But its chief executive tells Paul Wallace he is determined to change that and bring about closer ties with Nigeria and Ghana’s stock markets. 

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