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UBS tops private banking league as sector soars

July 2, 2004

Switzerland’s UBS Group heads the Top 10 list of global private banks with $1031.2bn in assets under management, according to the latest report from wealth management consultancy, Scorpio Partnership.

India puts brakes on HSBC’s UTI Bank aspirations

July 2, 2004

HSBC’s purchase of a minority stake in a private Indian bank has been pruned to 14.6%, confirming that the move made last year by the Indian government to raise the foreign investment limit in private banks to 74% is not an open invitation to foreign banks.

Achieving 3Cs is no mean feat

July 2, 2004

Conformance, competition and culture are the key to good corporate governance, says Jacob Wallenberg.

Another success for the corporate healer

June 2, 2004

Intesa managing director and CEO Corrado Passera tells Karina Robinson how he plans to keep the bank on an upward path after turning it around.

Finding business opportunity, whatever the setting

June 2, 2004

The Middle East is not wholly comprised of Iraq. While geographically obvious, the economic consequences of this fact can be easily missed. Bahrain and Qatar, two Gulf states that might have been overwhelmed by the Iraq crisis, are in fact booming. Editor-in-chief Stephen Timewell visited both countries in May and filed reports headlined: “Bahrain’s roaring success” and “Qatar builds the dream”.

Does Iraq herald America’s last stand?

June 2, 2004

While the US gets further embroiled in Iraq, economies such as China and Brazil are starting to assert themselves.

The Gulf’s economic renaissance

June 2, 2004

Many of the Gulf states are experiencing an economic boom, which cannot be solely attributed to high oil prices.

Basel II agreement – the final cut?

June 2, 2004

Despite pronouncements of consensus, US regulators may yet reject Basel II causing the US to take unilateral action thereby creating problems for banks elsewhere.

Possible foreign bank headache for EU entrants

June 2, 2004

Extensive foreign control of bank assets in nearly all the new member states highlights the importance of information sharing.

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