Africa eyes moment of free-trade transformation

Africa eyes moment of free-trade transformation

The continent is implementing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to boost intra-regional trade, economic growth and industrialization, but can 54 countries overcome so many obstacles and ratify the agreement?

African IPOs: A drought or a deluge?

African IPOs: A drought or a deluge?

Bankers believe that Vivo Energy’s dual listing in May has opened the taps on the IPO pipeline in Africa, but with primary equity markets suffering globally, is the continent really an exception?

Banking: Mutual interests bind the Middle East to Asia

Banking: Mutual interests bind the Middle East to Asia

Developments in the Gulf’s markets are increasingly being driven by the presence of Asian – and especially Chinese – banks, so no wonder rival financial centres in the region are competing for a bigger slice of the pie.

Asia private equity: Hillhouse Capital’s box of tricks

Asia private equity: Hillhouse Capital’s box of tricks

It is worth over $50 billion and its deals are among the most important and influential in Asia, it is at the vanguard of Chinese private equity and yet it talks to nobody, but market participants in Asia and beyond need to understand it.

Are CLO managers getting away with murder?

Are CLO managers getting away with murder?

The amount of dry powder that private equity firms now have means they are sometimes putting even more than 50% equity into deals – it’s a huge cushion that is contributing to reckless lending behaviour in the debt markets.

Investment banking: Is the mega-deal M&A party over?

Investment banking: Is the mega-deal M&A party over?

A string of jumbo strategic corporate deals made 2018 one of the busiest years ever in M&A, but falling equity markets, slowing economies, rising debt costs and geopolitical uncertainties have now dimmed the outlook severely.

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Donald Trump: special focus

Donald Trump: special focus

What has the first year of Trump's presidency meant for banking and financial markets? Unsurprisingly, things haven't gone as expected.

SME financing: special focus

SME financing: special focus

The vexed battle to finance small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continues amid risk aversion, economic weakness, new regulations and banks’ balance-sheet repair.

Iran sanctions: special focus

Iran sanctions: special focus

Euromoney investigates how the relaxation of western sanctions on Iran – dubbed the world’s most lucrative closed economy – will jump-start trade and capital flows from Europe to the Gulf, and plots a vision for the country's banking system and economic transformation, more generally.