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UBS vs Credit Suisse: A lesson in corporate strategy for all CEOs

June 6, 2005

UBS and Credit Suisse will always be compared because of their Swiss origins. But the lessons to be learned from this month’s cover story have nothing to do with nationality and everything to do with international corporate strategies: one that worked and one that failed.

Key steps to African economic union

May 2, 2005

Tito Mboweni details the South African Development Community’s little-known macroeconomic and monetary convergence programme.

Deutsche and ACIC team up for joint venture in Saudi Arabia

May 2, 2005

Deutsche Bank and Saudi Arabia’s Al Azizia Commercial Investment Company (ACIC) signed a joint proposal, in mid-April, for the establishment of an investment banking joint venture.

Obituary: Colin Jones Financial Journalist, 1929–2005

May 2, 2005

Colin Jones, editor of The Banker (1979-1987), died on April 10, aged 75, after over 50 years in financial journalism which also included careers in broadcasting and politics.

World bank president to oversee peace moves

May 2, 2005

The Bush administration has appointed James Wolfensohn to oversee crucial economic and social aspects of Israel’s planned evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements in the summer, in a bid to shore up the fragile peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Intesa to buy 75% stake in Russian SME lender

May 2, 2005

Banca Intesa, Italy’s largest bank, has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Russia’s Small Business Credit Bank (KMB), a leading provider of lending and leasing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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