The hunt for Mukhtar Ablyazov: Banker, criminal, fugitive, victim?

What is the truth about Mukhtar Ablyazov? Is the former head of Kazakh bank BTA a fraudster on a par with Madoff and Stanford, as prosecutors from Russia and Ukraine to England and France claim? Or is he the persecuted victim of his home country’s political elite? One thing is for sure: the hunt for Ablyazov, and billions of dollars in assets he is alleged to have illegally appropriated, is one of the great sagas of our time.

Netherlands: Tight funding for a minority

An above EU average number of SMEs do not require funding beyond their own sources; the smaller number that do are facing above EU average difficulty in getting bank loans.

The Nordics: A market apart

Financing for SMEs in the Nordic region is readily available and growing, driven by well-capitalized and domestic-focused banks.

Spain: ICO fills the gap

The development bank has increased its capacity to lend and broadened the range of its corporate borrowers.