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A two-track mind

November 5, 2007

French finance minister Christine Lagarde talks to Courtney Fingar about the tax and labour reforms being pursued by the Sarkozy administration.

BBVA’s hidden treasures

November 5, 2007

BBVA may have grabbed the headlines for missed acquisitions but a bank that posts 20% a year profits growth, that pays a top return on equity as well as being a byword for prudence cannot be all bad, as Karina Robinson discovers.

A reformist with an appetite for honesty

November 5, 2007

Ferenc Gyurcsany, Hungary’s prime minister, tells Karina Robinson how he plans to rein in public spending yet confound the polls and get re-elected .

Philippe El-Asmar

October 1, 2007

Barclays Capital’s head of investor solutions, Americas, tells Kathryn Tully how he successfully built a team from scratch to develop tailored structured products across all asset classes as well as equity and fund derivatives solutions.

Rob Close

October 1, 2007

The CEO of CLS Bank International details the technological challenges of keeping pace with the fast-changing dynamics of FX settlement. Alan Duerden reports.

Far-flung expansion

October 1, 2007

Jacko Maree, CEO of Standard Bank Group, tells The Banker about the strategy that is leading it to expand into markets well beyond its South African home base.

Relationship management at heart of Swift’s new structure

October 1, 2007

Swift’s new CEO, Lázaro Campos, talks to Frances Maguire about his plans for Swift in the immediate future and beyond, including regionalisation, courting US institutions and working on the integration of portals.

A solid stance on risk

October 1, 2007

In the current market environment, not every bank chief executive feels relaxed talking to the press unless it is part of a public relations strategy to calm frayed nerves among investors. But Stan O’Neal, chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, was happy to talk to The Banker’s editor Brian Caplen about the volatility in the markets and the firm’s longer-term strategic positioning as well as social issues arising from globalisation, such as inequality.

Vodka and banking, the perfect cocktail

October 1, 2007

Roustam Tariko, owner and founder of Russian Standard Bank (and Vodka), tells Karina Robinson of plans to tailor his banking model to current realities.

A firm hand on the purse strings

September 3, 2007

Héctor Valdez Albizu, governor of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, tells Jules Stewart how controlling the money supply has led to financial stability.

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