November 2019

November 2019

Can European banks strike back?

European bank shares have sunk to levels not seen since 2008, and even some of the region’s bank CEOs admit it is hard to make a compelling investment case for them. Euromoney speaks to the people at the top about their potential to re-emerge as global leaders.

WeWork, fake wealth and the stunning fall of the private equity capital market

The failure of the We Company IPO and the poor performance of Uber and Lyft suggest that investment banks have lost their ability to price IPOs. But it also raises deeper questions. Were the elevated paper valuations of private companies a fantasy of wealth creation that could never be realized? Is the new private equity capital market, which seemed to be maturing into institutional-grade infrastructure in the last 18 months, broken?

Private equity

Private equity: The inside story of Equis and its partners’ $800 million bounty

Private equity: The inside story of Equis and its partners’ $800 million bounty

When renewables private equity group Equis Energy was sold to GIP for $5 billion – $3.7 billion of it equity – investors walked away with well over double their initial investment. The founders of Equis made around $800 million. But why was more than $500 million of the proceeds ringfenced into a vehicle called Equis Renewables, in which the underlying investors did not participate, while the general partners got it all? The story of how those assets got there casts a light on the curious inner workings of modern private equity.

Investment banking

Lazard gears up for the next M&A cycle

Lazard gears up for the next M&A cycle

The winners in M&A advisory are supposed to be the firms with the best-connected and most-knowledgeable industry experts to advise chief executives, but Lazard’s CEO wants more data scientists to help advisers upgrade their tools for predicting how shareholders will respond to takeover deals.

Banking

Partnerships offer European banks a way forward

European banks don’t have a continental market, right? Wrong. Even if they cannot do full-blown mergers, the cross-border consolidation of specific business lines offers a way of gaining some of the economies of scale that US and Chinese banks enjoy.

Airline-style alliances in banking look set to take off

The Trade Club Alliance, a new 14-bank partnership to match SME exporters and importers, reflects greater willingness among banks – especially in Europe – to work together against low-cost newcomers, while relinquishing their own global ambitions.

Gorman can't wait to have less capital

Morgan Stanley's third quarter earnings were mostly strong, but CEO James Gorman is looking forward to the day when regulatory focus shifts from leverage to capital

Capital markets

Columns

Western Europe

Greek banks ride a wave of optimism

Greek banks ride a wave of optimism

This year’s dovish turn in global monetary policy is difficult for most eurozone lenders, but it’s propping up Greek banks, spurring demand for NPL sales; but if these banks return to normality and grow their loan books, negative rates could still end up causing them pain.

Latin America

Can credit pop Brazil’s fintechs?

As the number of financial technology startups in Brazil balloons, there is a growing sense that the pin to puncture their growth is one critical area of operation: credit. Full service in the digital age is a serious, long-term challenge for new entrants and traditional players.

Middle East

Comment

Front End

Private banking

Asia private banking debate: How to build a model for a growing Asia

Asia private banking debate: How to build a model for a growing Asia

Asian private wealth is distinct from elsewhere in the world and must be served with a different model. Entrepreneurial wealth, changing digital delivery channels and gradual engagement with socially responsible investment all present challenges and opportunities for private banks in the region.