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Standard Chartered and AgBank boost strategic co-operation

November 24, 2010

One of China's largest banks, Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank), and UK-based bank Standard Chartered have strengthened ties with a joint venture aimed at deepening strategic co-operation.

Financial experience of chairmen decreases at top 25 European banks

November 24, 2010

Recent financial experience among board chairpersons of the top 25 European banks has decreased since the financial crisis. According to the annual report from governance specialists, Nestor Advisors, only 64% of chairpersons in the segment in 2010 had relevant financial experience, down from 80% in 2007.

Trade finance banks say Basel III will damage world trade

November 24, 2010

International business will become significantly more expensive if the impending Basel III regime does not make allowances for trade finance, bankers fear.

Profumo leaves UniCredit

September 28, 2010

Ukraine bounces back following $2bn Eurobond issues

September 28, 2010

Emerging again: Ukraine has posted positive financial news

Ukraine has made a successful return to the capital markets after raising $2bn. The government issued two separate Eurobond issues, a 10-year $1.5bn placement with a 7.8% coupon, and a five-year $500m one at 6.9%. The move marks a rapid change in fortunes of the country after the government asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for funds as recently as August this year.

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SWFs gain strength but eye riskier deals

August 29, 2010

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority makes a play for the London-Channel Tunnel high-speed rail link

Global corporate mergers and acquisitions involving sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) increased to more than $12bn in the second quarter of 2010 - a rise of $11bn from the previous quarter, according to data from Thomson Reuters. The number of deals rose to 33 from 24 between January and March.

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