Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Saudi Arabia's minister of finance and national economy since 1996, has steered the economy through a difficult period.
National Bank of Kazakhstan's governor, Grigori Marchenko, won't say it, but he has been the main influence behind his country's widely acclaimed economic success story.
Country risk index: East Asia continues to lead the growth pack, but offers significant risk; Turkey is - once again - at a turning point; and Africa continues to be unsettled, but with less risk of inter-country contagion.
These awards form a benchmark for high-quality products and services across all areas of commercial and investment banking, and on top of the global categories, they span over 80 individual countries.
Things are so tough in investment banking that major institutions are prepared to let award-winning credit analysts decamp to the buy side.
Oil prices have helped cushion the effects of slack global growth for many energy exporters.
Bear markets breed their own types of deals - balance sheet repair, restructuring, liability management, monetization of illiquid assets, securitization, opportunistic acquisitions.