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The Cyprus dimension

November 5, 2007

Thierry Gigant, managing director at BNP Paribas in Cyprus, tells The Banker what Cyprus has to offer financial institutions and how regulations, EU accession and joining the euro affect business.

Bullseyes and targets in sight

November 5, 2007

Michael Sarris, Cyprus’s minister of finance, outlines the ambitious plans his ministry has for the country’s future and emphasises Cyprus’s regulatory alignment with the EU.

A gateway to Euro markets

November 5, 2007

Gilles Denoyel, deputy CEO of HSBC France, details the advantages Paris offers over other locations including an internationally renowned school of maths and finance and its access to the Eurosystem.

savoir faire

November 5, 2007

Given the Euronext/NYSE merger, Paris now has massive economies of scale to add to its world-renowned expertise in areas including derivatives and risk-based modelling. Arnaud de Bresson explains.

Big Apple turnover

November 5, 2007

It is not just London that is taking business from New York, Asian markets are also rapidly growing in stature. Jules Stewart explains.

Special Report: International Financial Centres

November 5, 2007

In association with Paris Europlace, Invest HK, Cyprus High Commission Commercial Section

State underpins booming sector

November 5, 2007

Diversification by banks away from industry and into retail indicates Russia’s growing banking prowess.

New generation must set sights on profit and returns

November 5, 2007

How profitable are Islamic financial institutions? With Islamic instruments and different reporting standards in some cases, direct comparisons with traditional western interest-bearing instruments have often been difficult to make.

Growth attracts new players

November 5, 2007

In this vibrant young industry, many new players are emerging. The combination of huge liquidity in the Gulf region from oil prices in excess of $80 a barrel and the attraction of new opportunities through Islamic finance has led to a large expansion of Islamic institutions both in the Gulf and elsewhere.

Iran dominates in the world of sharia compliance

November 5, 2007

The Top 25 country ranking of the Top 500 Islamic institutions clearly demonstrates that Iran, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia are by far the three largest countries providing Islamic finance, with Iran’s total amounting to $154.6bn of sharia-compliant assets (SCAs) accounting for 30.9% of the global aggregate total of $500.5bn.

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