Downfall of a dynasty

Downfall of a dynasty

The last days of Ricardo Salgado and Banco Espírito Santo

Middle East: Special focus

Middle East: Special focus

Exploring the challenges and opportunities

November 2014

November 2014

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Emerging Europe

Ukraine's banks spot an opportunity

Ukraine's banks spot an opportunity

Euromoney November 2014

Politicians have promised that reform is on the way. International investors are apparently ready to step in if the conflict calms. But will it be in time to rescue an economy bedevilled by fighting, corruption and currency shortages? Banks are struggling to survive, hamstrung by lack of funding and capital. On the eve of parliamentary elections, Euromoney visited Kiev to canvass the views of policymakers, bankers and international sponsors. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?


Africa

Essien’s Ecobank charm offensive

Essien’s Ecobank charm offensive

Euromoney November 2014

Albert Essien has brought much-needed calm to a bank that, just a few months ago, was in crisis. Ecobank’s African network remains intact. It now has two powerful, strategic shareholders. But can the bank avoid repeating the mistakes of the past?


Latin America

Latin America: Sovereigns shape up for differentiation

Latin America: Sovereigns shape up for differentiation

Euromoney November 2014

The time when international fund managers saw Latin America as a homogenous investment call is gone. The days of differentiation are here. And as many of the region’s leading countries look to make the difficult transition from developing to developed economies, their finance ministers are fully aware of the need to create, and tell, their individual investment cases.


Markets

Project Neptune rising amid renewed liquidity concerns

Project Neptune rising amid renewed liquidity concerns

Euromoney November 2014

With volatility returning to bond markets, investors are fretting once more about illiquidity. Policymakers too worry that it might turn a bond market meltdown systemic. A new project for a shared messaging language to improve the flow of information connecting holders of inventory sounds unglamorous next to all-to-all trading platforms and central limit order books. But the rush of support from both buy-side and sell-side suggests Project Neptune could make a vital contribution.


Emerging Europe

Turkey looks to diversify infrastructure debt

Turkey looks to diversify infrastructure debt

Euromoney November 2014

The country’s banks will not be able to shoulder the debt burden of its planned infrastructure programme. But palatable alternatives that don’t involve government guarantees aren’t yet ready, so for the foreseeable future, debt refinancing of projects is confined to after construction.


Exchanges

CEE exchange consolidation: Fair exchange

CEE exchange consolidation: Fair exchange

Euromoney November 2014

Stock exchange consolidation is back in focus in emerging Europe after the appointment of a new head for the Warsaw bourse. Further tie-ups across the region could yet prove politically problematic.


Africa

Africa: Banks and telcos mobilise for money

Africa: Banks and telcos mobilise for money

Euromoney November 2014

There’s no doubt mobile money is Africa’s future, but who is best equipped to benefit most: the telcos with their networks, or the banks with their products and service? And why are they fighting when they could be cooperating?


Banking news

French banks see opportunity in the US

French banks see opportunity in the US

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Société Générale and BNP Paribas outline new plans to get their investment banking divisions growing again. The US market is central to the ambitions of both banks.


Equity markets: Market panic hits challenger bank IPOs

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Aldermore pulls, Virgin Money delays; Equity fund outflows dim ECM prospects

Market news

Gloves come off in the fight for leveraged finance

Gloves come off in the fight for leveraged finance

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Fed gets tough with Credit Suisse; cov-lite loans on the rise in US and Europe


Punch Taverns finally inks debt-for-equity swap to end marathon restructuring battle

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Bondholder groups join forces to push through a deal that reduces the indebted pub group’s leverage to 7.7 times.

Asia news

Malaysia mega-merger seeks central-bank approval

Malaysia mega-merger seeks central-bank approval

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Malaysia gears up for consolidation in its financial sector as the three-way deal moves ahead.


Bankers call for progress on Asean Exchanges project

Euromoney November 2014

There is more work to be done before the Asean Exchanges project – designed to connect bourses in the region – can realize the ambitions it set out during its inception.

Standard Chartered makes seven new appointments in Asean capital markets

Euromoney November 2014

A shake-up in Standard Chartered's Asean capital markets team prepares the ground for a 2015 growth push.

Latin American news

Mexico eyes sovereign sukuk

Mexico eyes sovereign sukuk

Euromoney November 2014

Latin America’s first such deal; Pemex plans to follow.


IIF warns that Argentina faces a tough 2015

Euromoney November 2014

The short- and medium-term outlooks for Argentina are increasingly diverging, says the Institute of International Finance.

Colombia finds the price of peace

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Wealth tax proposed; Finance minister sensitive to FDI fears

EEMEA news

Nedbank ups stake in Ecobank despite boardroom turmoil

Nedbank ups stake in Ecobank despite boardroom turmoil

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Nedbank and QNB’s increased shareholding in Ecobank has brought into question the bank’s future, but as Smit Crouse of Nedbank states, the South African bank has no intention of becoming a majority stake holder in the bank.


Equity markets: Zain Bahrain gets disconnected

Euromoney November 2014

Bahrain stuck in trading trough; Gulf markets are polarizing.

Bank Asya fights back against Erdogan attack

Euromoney November 2014

The chief executive of the leading Turkish Islamic bank claims it is the victim of a politically driven campaign by the country’s president, in an exclusive interview with Euromoney.

Kazakhstan: Sovereign sells first Eurobond for 14 years

Euromoney November 2014

Investor demand tops $11 billion; Oil price, rouble falls raise devaluation fears.

Market leaders

Banking: The cost of fintech

Banking: The cost of fintech

Euromoney November 2014

Headcounts might fall as banks prepare for the digital future, but those whizz kids building apps don’t come cheap.


The new normal for EMs

Euromoney November 2014

China, the dollar and oil. All three are moving in novel directions.

Real estate: A curious case for Qatar

Euromoney November 2014

The QIA has found itself on both sides of a property spat. But when in-fighting turns into a court case, only the lawyers will end up winning.

Latin America: Of brothers and cousins

Euromoney November 2014

The relative harmony of the Pacific Alliance means that Argentina and Brazil must now start to listen to their little brothers in Mercosur.

ECB's ABS purchase plan: Draghi out of options

Euromoney November 2014

Corporate bond-buying rumour underscores need for further ECB action.

Banking: Asia-Pacific’s regulation headache

Euromoney November 2014

Pity the regional Asian bank chiefs dealing with myriad local regulators as well as extra-territorial oversight.

Columns

Macaskill on markets: The secret diary of Bill Gross

Macaskill on markets: The secret diary of Bill Gross

Euromoney November 2014

Jon Macaskill imagines how the star fund manager might have recorded the reasons behind his shock move from Pimco to Janus Capital. Item one: update his enemy list.



Final days of Ricardo Salgado and Banco Espírito Santo

Euromoney Pulse Survey: Renminbi’s internationalization continues apace
When BES collapsed earlier this year, markets briefly feared a return of the crisis to Portugal and to Europe. Even after the bank's bailout, investigators still pore over bank documents, transfers and deals, trying to make sense of Salgado’s last days battling to keep his empire afloat. The backstory is of an extraordinary decades-long rivalry between the country's two pre-eminent business families.