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Saudi’s new laws set to send

March 3, 2004

Imminent changes in capital markets and insurance legislation will give the kingdom’s banks the chance to expand their capabilities.

Showing some self-control

March 3, 2004

Europe and the US banking systems may have money to spare – but banks appear to have learned not to merge just for the sake of size.

Lack of bancassurance regulation is an oversight

March 3, 2004

Concerns remain that double-counting of assets is a disaster waiting to happen.

China and India: the new powerhouses

March 3, 2004

Mervyn Davies, group chief executive of Standard Chartered, shares his vision of Asia with The Banker.

Foreigners gear up for Malaysian liberalisation

March 3, 2004

Foreign banks are already checking out local acquisitions in the run up to the full liberalisation of the Malaysian banking market in 2007. Bank Negara, the central bank of Malaysia, will then allow foreign banks to buy local ones, although in the next few years it will gradually allow some foreign banks to open more branches and have off-site ATMs.

Strong Banorte fuels outside interest

March 3, 2004

Banorte is now the bank to watch in Mexico. It is the only 100% Mexican-owned institution left in a market that is receiving a strong vote of confidence from outsiders, most recently shown by Spain’s BBVA offering $4.1bn for the 40% of Bancomer it does not already own.

Europe debates supervision for rating agencies

March 3, 2004

The European Banking Federation (FBE) is working with the European Commission to assess whether any EU legislation is required for the rating agencies industry.

Three international banks gain Iraqi licences

March 3, 2004

The central bank of Iraq (CBI) announced in early February that three foreign banks, HSBC Holdings, National Bank of Kuwait and Standard Chartered Bank, had been selected to proceed to the final stage of the foreign bank licensing process.

Romania’s $200m syndicated loan gets enthusiastic welcome

March 3, 2004

Austria’s leading banks have arranged a successful $200m syndicated loan for Romania’s largest bank, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR).

Costa Rica leads the pack in 2002 trade rankings for Latin America

March 3, 2004

This month, The Banker publishes its first ranking of trade conditions for Latin America based on 2002 data.

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