Latest articles from Joanne Hart

Russian joint venture pays off for Sibur and SolVin

November 1, 2011

Sibur and SolVin's highly innovative joint venture to build a PVC plant in Russia was unusual in many ways, not least because of its lack of an offtake scheme in such a risk-averse environment. However, the four-year wait for the deal to come to fruition is paying off for the many players involved.


Investors forced to look at new types of inflation-linked assets

November 1, 2011

Confidence in the sovereign linker market has been shaken following the credit downgrade of Greece. Demand has soared on AAA rated bonds, but with demand vastly outweighing supply in this sector, investors are turning to the corporate market and direct infrastructure for protection against inflation. 


Private equity and the rise of renewable energy

November 1, 2011

Private equity firms have cultivated greater interest in renewable energy during the past few years and with many governments paying more attention to renewables, offering subsidies to encourage investment in the sector, it appears their timing could not have been better. But can the pace of growth be maintained?

BMW shrugs off euro crisis to complete issue

October 3, 2011

Days after European leaders agreed on plans for a Greek bail-out, German car manufacturer BMW came to market with a new issue. This was not the first time the company had challenged a difficult market. With cautious pricing, volumes and a bold strategy the issue was over-subscribed and BMW proved the value of its brand.

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Why bankers need to address the issue of mistrust in IPOs

September 1, 2011

This year, with multiple initial public offerings cancelled and some performing badly in the aftermarket, it is unsurprising that equity market participants are disgruntled. Is the IPO process broken and, if so, how can it be fixed?

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.

Iceland makes capital markets return

August 1, 2011

As Iceland comes back from financial collapse with the help of an austerity programme and support from the International Monetary Fund, it is now looking to return to the international capital markets with a $1bn, five-year benchmark transaction. 

Ping An's disastrous experience in buying a stake in Fortis has put many Asian banks off acquiring European businesses

What can the West offer Chinese banks?

August 1, 2011

Will China's cash-rich banks want to enter the West's stagnant, mature market when there are so many growth opportunities domestically and within Asia as a whole?

Mubadala shines in stormy Middle East

June 30, 2011

With unrest spreading through many Middle Eastern and north African countries, the stability of the United Arab Emirates is making the country a haven for investors in the region, with Abu Dhabi's development and investment company Mubadala a leading light when it comes to utilising the bond markets.

Sanofi Aventis defies global turmoil to close $20bn takeover of Genzyme

June 1, 2011

The caution in the markets following the tsunami in Japan and unrest in north Africa provided an unpromising backdrop to French company Sanofi Aventis's $20bn takeover of US biotech firm Genzyme. However, the deal passed off as a resounding success.

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