SocGen's new model business

In 2004, the Société Générale Group created a new division, Global Investment Management and Services (GIMS) to seek out synergies between asset management, private banking and securities services.

FIG Watch: The man who makes Barclays fluent in finance

In the first of a regular new column featuring heads of funding at leading financial institutions, Barclays’ new treasurer talks to Alex Chambers about the early days of his new role and how its demands differs from his experience as an investment banker.

Moody’s grants GMAC stay of execution

Moody’s says that it intends to keep GMAC’s senior unsecured Ba1 rating under review for the time being, breaking its rule of resolving ratings within three months of announcing a review.

Debt is not a dirty word

Japanese companies are now creditworthy and the banks are recapitalized but neither side seems keen to enter into loan transactions.

Turkey hits the big time

With negotiations for Turkey’s entry to the EU under way – albeit with a long lead-in time – completed privatizations, foreign direct investment and domestic deal-making are growing apace despite continuing bureaucratic hold-ups.

Funds get activist in Japan

Behind Japan’s headline economic restructuring, a gradual but fundamental shift in Japan’s corporate ownership is taking place.

A new generation embraces M&A

Japan’s recent M&A boom is set to accelerate, driven by aggressive upstart companies, foreign and domestic private equity buyers and hungry overseas corporations.

New deals, old questions for China's bank investments

Few financial issues in Asia are debated as hotly as the state of China’s banking system and the billions continually poured into mainland lenders by foreign financial institutions and lenders as the banking market is slowly opened up.