Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Legal gold

September 1, 2008

The US still looks like the preferred jurisdiction for those claiming damages over subprime-related losses, but the growth of litigation funding could create new opportunities in Europe. Writer Philip Alexander.

Kazakhstan Searches for pain relief

August 4, 2008

When the credit crunch struck, Kazakhstan was first hit and worst hit among emerging markets. Philip Alexander looks for signs of recovery.

Hybrid capital under scrutiny

August 4, 2008

A wave of equity issuance and market distaste for complexity suggest that hybrids might be falling out of fashion as a source of bank capital in Europe. But Philip Alexander finds that any decline is likely to be temporary.

Banks find ways to play the price as inflation rises

July 1, 2008

Central banks may be squirming as inflation expectations continue to rise, but Philip Alexander finds bankers are getting comfortable with their clients’ efforts to protect themselves against higher prices.

One step ahead

July 1, 2008

Bermuda’s highly successful model as an offshore financial centre has inspired its share of imitators, but the banking sector is working hard to keep its edge, Philip Alexander reports from Hamilton.

Navigating a new world

June 2, 2008

Traditionally a low-risk area, the European covered bond market is now a much more volatile place. Philip Alexander explains how Portugal fits into the wider European picture.

Caucasus calling

May 5, 2008

The Azerbaijan government is keen to use its geostrategic location and growing resources wealth to establish its status as a regional hub, and the financial sector is eager to play its part, reports Philip Alexander.

Incomplete revolution

May 5, 2008

Azerbaijan’s authorities are pushing banks to entrench improved performance by adopting international management practices, reports Philip Alexander.

Time to seize opportunities

May 5, 2008

Azerbaijan’s government is intensifying efforts to strengthen the non-oil and regional economies using oil revenues and legislative improvements. But inflation is a growing threat.

Italian giant leaps east

May 5, 2008

Italy’s leading light in eastern Europe, UniCredit has ambitious plans after buying into one of the region’s most dynamic markets with its purchase of Ukraine’s Ukrsotsbank, writes Philip Alexander.

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