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Vickers report leaves investment banking shrouded in uncertainty

December 1, 2011

The proposals by the UK's Independent Commission on Banking are likely to change investment banks’ business models in the country fundamentally. The biggest effect could be to increase their funding costs, which might force more UK companies to turn to bonds instead of loans. But plenty of questions remain unanswered.

Retail market move pays off for UK housing association

September 1, 2011

The retail market can seem a daunting place for some issuers, but Places for People, a UK-based, for-profit housing association, has found success on the London Stock Exchange’s retail platform, with its debut issue nearly trebling in size in the two months from its launch to close. The key to its success was a strong business model, an experienced retail firm and an intensive marketing strategy.

Fund managers must serve their clients better

June 30, 2011

Fund managers should use technology and a leaner business model to provide investors with an honest, transparent and fair fee structure.

London remains the financial capital of the world

June 1, 2011

A BNP Paribas Real Estate survey has found that 82% of respondents consider London to be the world's leading financial centre, helping to assuage fears that the financial crisis had weakened its position.


New UK liquidity rules set to have global repercussions

May 4, 2011

The UK's tough liquidity rules stand in the way of global management and are expensive and time-consuming to comply with, say bankers. The bad news is that other jurisdictions are likely to adopt them. 

António Horta-Osório

António Horta-Osório moves out of his comfort zone

March 22, 2011

Lloyds Banking Group's new CEO, António Horta-Osório, had an easy option: to stay at the helm of Santander UK and await inevitable promotion. Instead, he left to front the bailed-out UK bank.

Andrea Travesone

Is European venture debt gone for good?

March 14, 2011

As the financial crisis all but decimated venture debt in Europe, the possibility of its return is a thorny issue. While some countries are seeking alternative methods to fund start-up companies, others are preparing for business as usual.

Sam Dean, co-head of ECM, Barclays Capital

BarCap's equity franchise begins to kick

February 18, 2011

Barclays Capital is most of the way through its audacious bid to transform its fixed-income prowess into an integrated investment banking offering. There are signs that the investment and effort are beginning to pay off in the equities business.

Sir David King, head of the Smith school of Enterprise and the Environment

UK low-carbon sector let down by banks and state, says scientist

February 14, 2011

Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, believes the UK's policy-makers and financiers fail to support its promising low-carbon sector. The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, which he heads, is working to change that.

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George Osborne looks for global answer to global imbalances

December 23, 2010

George Osborne, the UK's chancellor of the exchequer, urges all countries to play their part in redressing the global imbalances that allowed the credit crisis to happen. Interview by Courtney Fingar.

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