Country Awards for Excellence 2017: Middle East – Iran Best bank
It was a year of tremendous change for Iran’s banking sector as the country continued to open up to the world thanks to the effects of the nuclear agreement.
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Country Awards for Excellence 2016: Middle East
Iran best bank: The financial year under consideration was another painful one for Iranian banking, as international sanctions continued to exert huge pressure on the country’s ailing economy.
Iran: Knocking on Tehran’s door
The lifting of sanctions meant a stream of international banks would make their way to Iran, right? Wrong. Some banks admit they are taking the first steps on the road to Tehran. Others might be, but they certainly do not want to talk about it. And in either case, there are plenty of barriers to getting there.
The curious case of JPMorgan and the $9 Iran trade
When Iran Air needed some Boeing spare parts before sanctions were lifted, JPMorgan took the US side of the trade. Why and how?
Iran – History in the making
It wasn’t quite John Simpson on the plane with the Ayatollah returning to Iran in 1979, but nonetheless Euromoney experienced a bit of history in January.
Banks frustrated as Iran’s Swift return is held up
Why banks will continue to snub Iran post sanction-easing
The planned removal of some sanctions on Iran creates opportunities for transactional business, but reputational risks and compliance challenges mean the country will remain a no-go for international lenders.
Interest rate of 26% for 165-day notes; international return inked in for 2016.
The future's bright, the future's inconvenient
What's in a name? Plenty, it seems, if it's similar to one on a sanctions list.
US outlines rules for Iran
The debt case for Middle East investmentSeptember 2015Saudi Arabia and Iran have been presented chiefly as an opportunity on the equity side, but both markets are attracting interest from the fixed income community as well.
Iran plots path from sanctions to action
The country’s return to the fold of international finance is likely to be as long and winding as the road to the lifting of sanctions. But that hasn’t stopped forward-thinkers in Tehran’s financial elite plotting a vision for their banks and financial markets. Can it possibly live up to its billing in some quarters as ‘the most exciting investment in the world’?
Iran: On the road outside the capital
Iran’s long road ahead
Frontier investors prepare to enter Iran
August 2015Well-functioning stock market; structural surprises still likely.
Iran's pivotal moment
Iranian banks take to the courts
Mellat leads legal action against UK; lifting sanctions only half the issue.
Iran: Tehran turning point
Iran and the west don’t have to be friends, but there will be big benefits from a rapprochement.
Bank strategy: 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.
The long business arm of the Iranian state
After the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah in 1979 and the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic Republic that exists today, there were a lot of assets the Shah and his followers had left behind as they fled Iran.
Ayandeh’s DIY mega-merger sets template for Iranian bank consolidation
Few bank mergers anywhere in the world have been more ambitious than the one that created Bank Ayandeh in Iran in 2013. It combined Tat Bank with two other financial institutions and 10 credit cooperatives, and did so in a country that has absolutely no regulatory guidance for how to do it and where staff layoffs are all but taboo because of vast national unemployment.
Modern Middle East Bank shows there is no escape from sanctions list
“What I’m trying to do,” says Parviz Aghili, “is to set up a bank that is accustomed with what is going on around the world.”
Banks of Iran: Six pieces of an Iranian jigsaw
Dubai: Waiting for a windfall from Iran
Can Dubai take advantage of Tehran’s rapprochement with the US to once again become Iran’s de facto financial link to the world?
The changing face of Iran’s political risk post-nuclear deal
As international sanctions on the country are loosened after the ground-breaking, albeit tentative, nuclear deal, Iran’s influence in the region will undergo dramatic changes, argues Emad Mostaque, of Noah Capital Markets.
Iran: Crippling sanctions tarnish Rouhani’s reform drive
The economic situation in Iran is likely to deteriorate further as the west steps up its sanctions against the regime, say analysts at the Institute of International Finance.
Sanctions tumble down on cornered Iran
Iran’s overall ECR score fell by 2.6 points since Q1 2012 to 24.2 in Q3 2012, resulting in a four-place fall on ECR’s global rankings to 143.
Iran: Tehran stocks boom
TSE main investment focus; privatization continues to flow.