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Where traditional banking models suit tough times

September 2, 2009

The global slowdown has not spared Bosnia-Herzegovina, but the conservative strategies of many local banks have given them some support and protection. Writer Philip Alexander

Balancing innovation and tradition

September 2, 2009

The regulatory authorities of Islamic finance have been working to bring greater clarity to the relatively young sukuk asset class, but the market will need time to digest the implications. Writer Philip Alexander

JPMorgan's Mark Goldstein on the bank's new debt restructuring team

September 2, 2009

Mark Goldstein, JPMorgan's head of liability management in London is building the business from the bottom up. He is a new arrival at the bank following the acquisition of Bear Stearns, creating a new team as the bank makes a foray into debt restructuring.

Survivors plan their escape from crisis

August 4, 2009

In May, The Banker examined the fate of Kazakhstan's fallen giant, Bank BTA. The Kazakh banks that have stayed solvent now explain their recovery strategies. Writer Philip Alexander

How to plug Russia's financing gap?

July 7, 2009

By the onset of the global credit squeeze in 2007, Russian companies had racked up at least $300bn in foreign debt and more than 100 were considering equity listings abroad. The world has since been transformed as companies battle for scarce capital and funding. This round table on financing for Russian companies, held in April, gave senior bankers the opportunity to discuss the challenges with investors, corporate advisers and company executives.

Sukuk market faces stern test of maturity

July 7, 2009

Issuer defaults and high exposure to falling Gulf real estate markets have cast doubt over the stability of Islamic capital markets, but a difficult year could help create a more established asset class in the future. Writer Philip Alexander

Can pensions bridge the funding gap?

July 7, 2009

Heavy losses on equity portfolios and widening funding deficits are forcing a rethink of pension funds' approach, but trustees need to be equipped to manage derivatives exposure, writes Philip Alexander.

Crisis of faith for private bankers

June 4, 2009

Like their investment banking counterparts, private bankers are also facing an identity crisis as the failure to protect clients' wealth threatens to tarnish the industry and inhibit future growth. There are many different responses. Writer Philip Alexander

UBS returns to its roots

June 4, 2009

Investment banking losses and US tax evasion charges sent clients of the leading wealth manager scurrying for the exits. But the crisis has renewed UBS's determination to succeed in private banking. Writer Philip Alexander

Long-term finance in troubled times

June 4, 2009

The importance of small regional development banks in emerging Europe has surged as credit ratings decline and global commercial banks cut back project and trade finance. Writer Philip Alexander

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