Infrastructure: Energy finance runs out of steam

Europe’s commitment to environment-friendly energy projects is being undermined by financing constraints springing from the economic downturn, the sovereign debt crisis and a capital-strapped banking system.

Santander: Doubling up on Poland

Santander’s 2010 acquisition of a 70% stake in Poland’s Bank Zachodni put it in a strong position in Europe’s most resilient economy.

LatAm adheres to downward global trend

Declining sentiment toward 13 of the 20 LatAm sovereigns – among them Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela – has negatively affected Latin America’s risk profile in spite of domestic improvements in Peru and Uruguay.

MENA region: Focus shifts to Syrian crisis

Economists’ continued concerns about the political and economic health of the region has seen it lose 0.9 points this year, with Syria’s implosion the largest score driver.

Awards for Excellence 2012: Banker of the Year

For his highly successful tenure as head of the leading emerging markets bank, as well as his thoughtful interventions on the future of the industry, Peter Sands must rank as one of the best bankers of his generation.