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March 2010

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  • US banking: Private equity smells too strong for FDIC

    Twenty US banks have failed this year and 720 more are on the troubled bank list. Private equity buyers have been snubbed but there not enough strategic buyers for the FDIC to be so fussy. Helen Avery reports.
  • Jordan staves off two crises

    Despite shaky state finances, the country’s banking system has so far avoided disaster, partly thanks to the caution of central bank governor Umayya Toukan. But can the kingdom remain a haven of stability? Dominic O’Neill reports.
  • Turkey: Prime time for privatization

    Turkey has ambitious plans for 2010 and 2011. As it seeks to finance a yawning budget deficit, everything is for sale. Lack of finance, legal challenges and a febrile political situation present hurdles but the government is determined to get deals done. Nick Lord reports from Istanbul.
  • Private equity: The stakes rise in Colombia

    Rich in resources, light on infrastructure and newly politically stable, Colombia is a prime target for private equity investment – and it’s not just international firms that are getting in on the act. Jason Mitchell reports.
  • Sovereign debt: Portugal tries to show how it’s different

    Its successful 10-year bond issuance was no fluke. Despite the noise around its fiscal position, the country has relatively modest borrowing needs, a track record of tackling deficits and good banks. But the challenges for its sovereign funding team are unlikely to disappear any time soon. Philip Moore reports.
  • The failed state of Iceland

    The full horror of the country’s bank-led collapse is still emerging. A new generation of regulators is trying to sort out the mess as prosecutors attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice but, as Elliot Wilson discovers in Reykjavik, there’s a long road ahead to recovery.
  • Safra’s succession takes on a new importance

    Banco Safra is the largest bank in Brazil that is still wholly family owned. Patriarch Joseph Safra is now 70 and his bank is on the verge of a new era as it passes to his three sons. Chloe Hayward reports on the challenges they face.
  • Has Banamex lost its sparkle?

    It has been described as a jewel in Citi’s crown, but it may be merely the most valuable component of an ailing empire. A new management team needs to restore its leadership in Mexico. Chloe Hayward reports from Mexico City.
  • Best managed companies in Latin America 2010: Corporate losses create an urge for better management

    Global and regional financial crises provide Latin America’s corporate executive with stark evidence of benefits of good corporate governance and risk management.
  • Country risk March 2010: A fragile sense of stability

    After a year that turned out better than anyone could have expected, 2010 began with a new bout of nerves on financial markets.

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