The last big Latin opportunity

With acquisition opportunities elsewhere in Latin America now few and far ­between, global banks are increasingly turning their attention to the economically vibrant and rapidly integrating central American region.

Focus on Latin America

The region is buoyant and, aside from concerns about the political direction of a handful of countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, the future appears bright. Nowhere is the excitement greater than in the investment banking industry.

Kemal Kaya: A man on a mission

URBANE, INTELLIGENT, DYNAMIC and ambitious are just some of the qualities that characterize the up-and-coming generation of Turkish bankers who are driving the country’s banking sector towards a brighter, more prosperous future with all the power of the high-performance sports cars that adorn the car parks of the banking district in downtown Istanbul.

Real world beaters?

Brazil’s investment banks have always been strong competitors in their home market.

Front-running: Is Wall Street tipping off HFs?

The SEC has launched a probe into allegations that Wall Street firms might be tipping off certain customers, namely hedge funds, before large trades are made by mutual funds, a practice often referred to as "front-running".

Latin America: Boom times for investment banks

One of the main reasons why investment banks are focusing more of their efforts on alternative areas, such as principal finance, structured finance and real estate finance, is because these are high-margin products.

Turkey gets a foreign bank makeover

Turkey’s open-door approach to foreign investment is paying dividends, with international banks helping to boost balance sheets and widen the range of products and services in the sector.

Breaking the shackles: Run-off deals

The transfer of Equitas's liabilities to Berkshire Hathaway, as well as two other recent run-off deals, should bring big benefits to those that are now rid of troublesome liabilities.

Enforcement cooperation: A new age dawns

US Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Christopher Cox recently observed at an international regulatory meeting in London that "financial transactions are crossing national boundaries faster than ever before," and that "the world's exchanges are now beginning to combine their operations in order to more closely integrate the world's capital markets".