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From French retail to a global business mix

February 4, 2008

BNP Paribas has been expanding its businesses globally, both through acquisition and organic growth, and the previously predominant French operations are slowly but surely decreasing in significance. In an interview with Brian Caplen, CEO Baudouin Prot says that the anchor to all the bank’s business remains its retail base.

Old-fashioned but not old guard

February 4, 2008

A conservative stance and good risk management are helping ING to keep steady in the credit crunch, CEO Michel Tilmant tells Karina Robinson.

Leumi on top despite privatisation struggle

January 2, 2008

Leumi Bank now leads Israel’s booming banking sector, despite the government’s protracted struggle to sell its controlling stake. David Lipkin reports from Tel Aviv.

New rules to prevent another subprime crisis

January 2, 2008

Jane Monahan talks to Barney Frank, chairman of the US Financial Services Committee, about its plans.

Bolivia’s private banks face a public challenge

January 2, 2008

Bolivia’s finance minister Luis Alberto Arce outlines a programme of state loans to small enterprises and attacks the country’s domestic banks for acting like a syndicate, stifling competition.

A quiet revolution

January 2, 2008

The three-way acquisition of ABN AMRO by RBS, Santander and Fortis proved a remarkable collaborative effort, as Fortis CEO Jean-Paul Votron tells Geraldine Lambe.

Upbeat outlook

January 2, 2008

After Barclays failed to gain control of ABN AMRO, president Bob Diamond focuses on the positive elements of the bank’s position. Interview by Brian Caplen.

Clear view curtails crisis fallout

January 2, 2008

Credit Suisse fared well during the subprime crisis. Brian Caplen asks CEO Brady Dougan what underlies the bank’s new stability and what it is planning for the year ahead.

Timely wisdom from an enduring master

January 2, 2008

Bill Rhodes, chairman of Citibank and winner of The Banker’s Lifetime Achievement Award talks to Stephen Timewell about his 50-year career, offering insights on the Latin American debt crises of the 1980s through the end of communism and expansion eastwards, to the present day rise of protectionism.

Germany’s Britain-baiting Anglophile

January 2, 2008

Peer Steinbrück, Germany’s finance minister, defends his country’s positions – and cannot resist a dig at the UK leadership. Interview by Karina Robinson.

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