Global banking: Interviews with bank CEOs around the world

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In our September edition, Euromoney explores the challenges and opportunities for some of the world’s leading financial institutions in emerging markets, including BBVA’s bid to become the world’s first digital bank, Gulf banking, M&A in Malaysia and reforms to the Indian financial system.

BBVA digital bank CEO profile

Francisco Gonzalez 

Digital banking: BBVA’s González – The digital banker

BBVA has embarked on a bold transformational strategy to become the world’s first digital global bank, and reinvent itself as a knowledge-based information company, fit – it hopes – for the modern era and beyond. Could the Spanish bank be providing a blueprint for the future of banking? CEO Francisco González certainly believes so.   

Strategies of Middle East regional banks

 Nemeh Sabbagh, Arab Bank

Two ways to win the Middle East

Some banks are national powerhouses, building out across the region; others are already regional players, with individual markets creating something greater than the sum of their parts.
 

UAE banking special report

 Khaled Sifri, Emirates Investment Bank

Surging through the storm 

The Emirates’ economy has recovered much of the ground it lost in 2008. The country’s banks are taking advantage by growing strongly. Is there a danger of another round of overheating?

 


Interview with Credit Bank of Moscow CEO

 Roman Avdeed

Roman Avdeev: Moscow’s most unlikely billionaire

Philosopher, philanthropist and father of 23 – Roman Avdeev is a far cry from the stereotype of Russian oligarch. Yet his ownership of Credit Bank of Moscow, one of the country’s fastest-growing lenders, along with canny deal-making in sectors from retail to pharmaceuticals, is fast propelling him up the rich list. And his status as one of Russia’s most independent billionaires gives him a unique insight into the country’s current pariah status.



Indian banking

Modi makeover ignites India’s banking leaders

Modi makeover ignites India’s banking leaders

In exclusive interviews, leaders of Indian finance reveal how banks, nursing wounds from the recent credit boom, should be set free from the shackles of state control, as reformists raise hopes of a new dawn for Indian capitalism. A jolt, not a tweak, to the financial system is desperately needed.



Malaysia banking mergers

CIMB-R-envelope

CIMB: Malaysia merger signals Apac consolidation

A three-way banking merger is the biggest yet in Malaysia, part of a regional trend to boost domestic firms to compete locally and abroad. It would also give the country a big contender in Islamic finance.


 Abdul Farid Alias

Maybank bloodied but unbowed

The proposed merger of CIMB, RHB Capital and Malaysia Building Society (MBSB) will transform the economics of the country’s banking and capital-markets business in the coming years and shake up south-east Asian banking in general.