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Profits show that Azerbaijan is on the mend

May 8, 2014
Black Sea profits

Results from 2012 show improvement in profitability in Azerbaijan's banking sector.

Georgian banks record highest RoC in the Black Sea

May 1, 2014
RoC Black Sea countries

While still dwarfed by their Ukrainian counterparts, Georgia's banks are nevertheless punching above their weight in terms of return on capital.

Christophe Mianné

SocGen plots new course for investment bank growth

May 1, 2014

Closer coordination with private banking and the integration of its brokerage are part of the strategy for a leaner, more focused Société Générale, its deputy head of corporate and investment banking tells Philip Alexander.

Top Black Sea banks ranking, 2014: Asset quality risks rising

May 1, 2014

Several of the members of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation are facing rising asset impairment, but the reasons vary.

European directives raise data dilemmas

April 28, 2014

The European Parliament has voted for an overhaul of outdated data protection laws, but banks are grappling with some uncertain implications

Foreign banks exposed to emerging market currency hit

April 25, 2014
Emerging market currency hit

Currencies in several major emerging markets sold off heavily in 2013, and have remained under pressure in some cases. We look at those countries whose banks have a large subsidiary presence in the most exposed markets.

Miles Millard

Deutsche debt specialist helps join the dots

April 1, 2014

Miles Millard’s latest appointment is a sign of Deutsche Bank taking another step on its journey toward a unified client coverage structure.

Mapping Ukraine banking exposure

March 21, 2014
Ukraine banking exposure

Some western European banks have pulled out of Ukraine in recent years, but Russian players are among the most exposed to the country’s troubles.

Alexis de Rosnay

Building a global mid-market challenger

March 3, 2014

The acquisition of UK brokerage Collins Stewart Hawkpoint by Canada's Canaccord Genuity gave Alexis de Rosnay the chance to fulfil his ambition of building a business, as the group aims to become a global mid-market investment bank.

Government issuers prepare for higher interest rates

March 3, 2014

The prospect of a gradual rise in long-term interest rates in the US is significant for the highest grade sovereign, supranational and agency issuers, but there are other factors helping maintain healthy demand for their bonds.

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