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Battered and bruised but ready to move forward

May 5, 2009

BTA Bank has been at the centre of a financial storm involving a state bail-out, Kazakhstan's real estate crash and rotating central bank governors. However the tools to stabilise the situation now appear to be in place. Writer Philip Alexander

Preparing for the rebound: Looking East

May 5, 2009

Few markets in central and eastern Europe have escaped investor fears over excessive corporate debt. Equity offerings are on hold and refinancing conditions have rarely been tougher, but there are opportunities for banks that stay in the game, writes Philip Alexander.

Keeping faith with convergence: Looking East

May 5, 2009

The share prices of leading Italian banks were buffeted in early 2009 as investors anticipated damage to asset quality from their high exposure to emerging Europe. But senior managers say the region is still at the heart of their strategy, writes Philip Alexander.

Helping clients to sleep at night

May 5, 2009

Mike Bussey, CEO of Arbuthnot Latham The rise of counterparty risk and volatility have fundamentally changed the attitudes of high-net-worth investors towards structured products, but most private bankers believe they still have a role to play in a well-managed portfolio. Writer Philip Alexander

Christian Steffens

April 7, 2009

UniCredit's global head of ECM sees opportunities across Europe as bulge bracket investment banks retreat from the region and strategic buyers ask for greater bank financing. Writer Philip Alexander

Keeping funds to regions flowing

April 7, 2009

As Russia's less developed regional banks are hit hard by the liquidity crisis, the chairman of Bank Center-Invest outlines his response. Writer Philip Alexander

A Czech cure for the credit crunch

April 7, 2009

The Czech Republic will not be immune from the slowing global economy but Ceska sporitelna starts from a position of strong risk management and ample liquidity, says CEO Gernot Mittendorfer. Writer Philip Alexander

Keeping funds flowing to Europe’s economic heart

March 10, 2009

The tools appear to be in place for Germany’s real economy to maintain funding sources during the global downturn, but restructuring the country’s hard core of troubled banks remains a more complex problem. Writer Philip Alexander.

The journey towards absolute return

March 10, 2009

As global market volatility reaches extreme levels and most asset classes suffer heavy losses, bankers are engaged in the arduous work of finding sharia-compliant ways to offer companies and investors some protection. Writer Philip Alexander.

State-owned banks tighten grip

February 2, 2009

The Russian banking sector has been transformed by the crisis in 2008, but signs of the change were already clear in the end-2007 data included in these rankings, as the difficulties of raising capital began to bite. Writer Philip Alexander.

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