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Banesto: a guinea pig for new ideas

April 2, 2007

Banesto is 89% owned by Santander and is run as a quasi-autonomous entity. Banesto’s small size relative to its parent ensures that it can be used as “a trial bank or a laboratory” for new technology and as a business model, which (if successful) can then be implemented across the group, chairman Ana Patricia Botín, told The Banker in a past interview.

Spanish bulls on a run

April 2, 2007

Can greater efficiency gains be made by Spain’s cost-effective banks – and will their forays into Anglo-Saxon markets succeed? Karina Robinson reports from Madrid.

Stock exchange turns in a star performance

November 6, 2006

At 150 years old, Spain’s stock exchange holding company, BME, is powering ahead to the top rankings of the world’s bourses while speculation continues over its future as an independent exchange. Jules Stewart reports.

BBVA exploits Mexican remittance market through Texan acquisitions

July 3, 2006

Forty-four per cent of Spanish bank BBVA’s 2005 attributable net profit came from Latin America. There is both a downside to this – excessive dependence on a risky region – and an upside – an incredible opportunity to leverage a strong franchise.

Globalising like there’s no mañana

June 5, 2006

Massive overseas expansion by once-local firms has led to humming activity in Spain’s capital markets arena. Jules Stewart explains.

Cost-effectiveness scores at home and away

June 5, 2006

Spanish banks are showing inventiveness and agility in their domestic and international markets. Karina Robinson reports from Madrid.

The quest for flexibility

June 5, 2006

Jaime Caruana, governor of the Bank of Spain, talks to The Banker about the Spanish economy. These are edited excerpts from the interview.

Political battles dog progress

June 5, 2006

Spain’s government seems more focused on social policy and political pandering than on the tough reforms that are needed to keep the economy flourishing. Karina Robinson reports from Madrid.

Constraining high octane emotions

June 5, 2006

Antonio Brufau, chairman and CEO of Repsol YPF, tells Karina Robinson of his softly-softly response to Latin American energy nationalism.
Antonio Brufau is CEO and chairman of Repsol YPF, one of the top 10 listed oil companies in the world. He is involved with leading Spanish gas distributor Gas Natural in its hostile bid for Endesa, the Spanish utility.

Beyond mere profit maximisation

November 7, 2005

Juan Ramón Quintás, chairman of the Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros, Spain’s savings banks federation, tells Jules Stewart about the benefits of being mutual.

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