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Emilio Botín: the secret of Santander's success

January 2, 2013

Emilio Botín, the chairman of Banco Santander, explains how the bank's geographical diversification and philosophy of operating standalone subsidiaries has helped it thrive during the worst years of the crisis, and stand it in good stead for the future.

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Spain's survival of the fittest

December 3, 2012

Only Spain's largest banks have been able to absorb the losses from the country's troubled real estate sector, which has left the main lenders in a strong position to increase their market share.

A dictionary of difficulties from 2012

December 3, 2012

If 'algorithms, bail-ins and cajas' were the ABC of banking in 2012, what will be the new buzzwords? Philip Alexander looks at the phrases that defined 12 months of pain, and suggests some words to watch in 2013.

Good call for Telefonica as peripheral eurozone market reopens

Good call for Telefonica as peripheral eurozone market reopens

November 1, 2012

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica took a risk coming to market just before the European Central Bank announced the details of its bond-buying plans in September, but the risk paid off with investment pouring in.

Spain shows the cost of postponing pain

July 2, 2012

Allowing crippled banks to fudge their loan losses is not the way to deliver a healthy banking market.

Eastern presence keeps growing

July 2, 2012

The Banker's Top 1000 new entrants list is dominated by Asia-Pacific-based institutions, with the largest new entrant coming from South Korea and 13 Chinese institutions entering the rankings.

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Credit Suisse helps put a shine on Santander's Polish ambitions

June 1, 2012

Credit Suisse's Madrid-based FIG team's input into Bank Zachodni's all-share merger with KBC's Kredyt Bank has allowed Santander to build the market presence it wanted in Poland without putting the squeeze on its capital ratio.

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Who is going to save Spain's savings banks?

June 1, 2012

A sharp increase in provisioning requirements is likely to drive consolidation in the Spanish banking sector. But the country's largest banks – many of which have remained profitable thanks to their operations in other regions – are cautious about what may lurk on the balance sheets of the troubled savings banks.

Basel risk weights leave banks with unequal burdens

March 26, 2012

The process of risk-weighting assets will become even more crucial to calculating bank capital adequacy under Basel III than it is already. Which is why there is growing dissent about the unexplained discrepancies between how different banks are measuring the same risks.

Europe’s sovereign-linked issuers adapt to the new normal

March 1, 2012

The eurozone sovereign debt crisis has not just affected national treasuries, but also European supranationals and government-related entities. Philip Alexander hears from a range of larger and smaller borrowers across the eurozone and beyond.

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