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Will open banking replace mergers?

August 31, 2018

Merger talk is on the rise again in Europe. But with resistance from national regulators, Brian Caplen asks whether open banking, partnerships or digital routes are better ways to serve overseas markets and boost returns.

Mega-mergers caught in the crossfire between regulators and politics

August 31, 2018

Anyone waiting for mega M&A to return to Europe should not hold their breath.

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati: Indonesia's two-decade transformation

August 31, 2018

Indonesia's finance minister described how the changes made because of the 1998 Reformasi Movement gave the country a new lease of life that it still benefits from.

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Banks must live with populism

August 28, 2018

The American century is over. Plan for more uncertainty amid the birth pangs of the new world, writes Brian Caplen. 

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Shrinking markets – why banks should worry

August 21, 2018

Public markets have their faults, but bank profits will be hurt if issuers and investors lose confidence in them, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will ESG survive the next crisis?

August 14, 2018

The ESG – environmental, social and corporate governance – code has been drilled into bankers. But, asks Brian Caplen, will it all go out the window in a recession?

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Banks must change to work with fintechs

August 7, 2018

Working successfully with a fintech requires a bank to change its culture. Best to get busy on this right away, writes Brian Caplen.

Bracken: Harnessing interconnectedness as a force for good

August 1, 2018

The post-crisis focus on ensuring systems are separated by internal risk ‘buffers’ is being questioned, as distributed ledger technology promises to bring benefits to banks, regulators and businesses. But can anything interconnected also be safe? Dixit Joshi investigates.

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Unibail bond issuance spree creates a retail behemoth

August 1, 2018

After its acquisition of mall operator Westfield, Unibail-Rodamco raised €5bn from a bond issuance as part of its asset-disposal plan to pay off debts. David Wigan reports.

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Credit Suisse helps Bayer to overcome Monsanto mountain

August 1, 2018

The $66bn takeover of US seed company Monsanto by German drug giant Bayer is one of the largest M&A deals of all time. The task did not daunt Credit Suisse, however, which helped Bayer overcome regulatory and anti-trust hurdles and issue subsequent bonds. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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