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TEASER-Green energy feels the chill

Green energy feels the chill

December 3, 2012

Tighter bank financing, falling government subsidies and rising US shale gas production are all putting the squeeze on the renewable energy industry.

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.

Goldman's team on the Con Hem deal

Goldman's variety pack helps Com Hem defy eurozone mayhem

December 1, 2011

Issuing in Europe in 2011 has been a hazardous task, but Com Hem's highly leveraged buyout bridge underwritten by joint mandated lead arranger Goldman Sachs managed to defy the odds, thanks in no small part to the diverse elements of the deal.


Sweden's banks emerge from the crisis in good health

May 4, 2011

The Swedish economy has bounced back well from the crisis, with banks among the main beneficiaries. Leading bankers at three of the country's biggest banks - Nordea, Swedbank and Handelsbanken - explain how they have achieved such impressive results. 


Counting the cost: Volatile Times

May 5, 2009

The aggressive increase in residential and commercial real estate lending in the three Baltic states by Swedbank and SEB has left the two institutions painfully exposed to the market crash. Robert Anderson reports

Nordic banks braced for Baltic slowdown

August 4, 2008

As recessions loom in the Baltic states, Scandinavian banks have reason to be grateful for their reliable domestic earnings, reports Karina Robinson.

Playing away from home

April 2, 2007

Nordic banks have traditionally adopted decentralised management structures, incorporating collective business practices while eschewing securitisation. Brian Caplen assesses whether this model can be made to work overseas.

Eastward expansion

August 7, 2006

Nigel Dudley reports on the favourable fortunes of those Swedish banks that have set up shop beyond their borders, venturing into Russia and even China.


January 2, 2006

Lars G Nordström, CEO

‘Operation Big’ heralds the era of hybrid capital

August 1, 2005

Corporates’ historic avoidance of hybrid capital is giving way to enthusiasm following a change of heart by rating agencies. Now Sweden’s Vattenfall is leading the charge with a groundbreaking deal, structured by Citigroup. Edward Russell-Walling explains.

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