2014

SAUDI INVESTMENT BANK NAMES FEMALE CEO

NCB Capital, a major Saudi Arabian investment bank, named Sarah Al-Suhaimi, an accomplished asset manager, as its new CEO. She is the first woman to head an investment bank in the kingdom. The Saudi government owns part of National Commercial Bank, which controls NCB Capital.

SANCTIONS THREATEN RUSSIAN DEALS

Mergers and acquisitions involving Russian companies, including Morgan Stanley’s planned sale of its global oil-trading unit to Rosneft, are threatened by Western sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Corporate Debt: Verizon’s Refi Redux

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Verizon Communications, which sold $49 billion of debt last September in the largest bond sale ever, has returned to the bond market repeatedly this year to take advantage of low interest rates to refinance ...

Qatar: Spotlight On Labor Reform

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT By Gordon Platt Occurring on the global stage, the World Cup 2022 is helping to highlight labor market reform in Qatar. At least 400 Nepalese construction workers have died in Qatar in the run-up to the ...

Middle East: The Price Of Progress

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT Visitors to the Middle East cannot help but be awed by the majestic skylines of the metropolises that have sprung from the desert sands along the Arabian Gulf. While oil wealth has paid for this development, ...

Middle East Thrives Amid Political Flux

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT By Gordon Platt The economies of the Middle East continue to prosper despite ongoing instability. In some cases, that instability is creating the greatest opportunities. However, any prospects for investing do come with a unique set ...

Mergers & Acquisitions: Cable Tv Industry Consolidates

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Comcast agreed in February to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that would combine the two largest cable operators in the US. The proposed offer apparently unplugged ...

Global M&A Falls To Lowest Since 2009

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt The value of global mergers and acquisitions has failed to pick up, despite low interest rates and an improving global economy. Worldwide M&A totaled $2.4 trillion in 2013, a decline of 6% from a ...

Central Banks Hold Key To FX Moves

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Central bank policies in the major economies will likely be the main guide for currency exchange rates this year, analysts say. Janet Yellen’s confirmation as the new head of the Federal Reserve points to ...

Dubai Gets World Expo Fever

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Gordon Platt The Dubai Financial Market was one of the best-performing equity markets in the world in 2013, with the general index nearly doubling. Confidence in the emirate was boosted by news that it won the ...

Equity: Capital Market Activity Rises

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt A total of $797 billion of equity capital was issued globally in 2013, up 27% from a year earlier, while underwriting fees rose 34%, according to Thomson Reuters. The volume of initial public offerings ...

World’s Best Trade Finance Banks

Jump To See Winners ANNUAL SURVEY: TRADE FINANCE BECOMES AN ASSET CLASS Global Finance presents its annual awards for the Best Trade Finance Institutions globally, regionally, and by country. The outlook for the trade finance business in 2014 is rosy, ...

Slashing Saudi Oil Reliance

COUNTRY REPORT By Gordon Platt The coming year could be crucial for Saudi Arabia, as the Middle Eastern powerhouse deals with a changing global landscape in terms of both its primary economic driver—oil—and its key international partnerships. Three years after ...

Emerging-Markets Debt Issuance Declines

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt The volume of emerging-markets corporate debt offerings declined 6.2% in 2013 from a year earlier, even as global high-yield debt issuance set new records, according to Thomson Reuters. Issuers in just three countries—Russia, India ...

Bullish US Investors In China Shop

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt As exchanges in London, Hong Kong and New York compete for the opportunity to host an expected $15 billion initial public offering by China’s e-commerce leader Alibaba, US investors are once again warming to ...

World’s Best Foreign Exchange Providers

ANNUAL SURVEY — STABILITY AMID CHANGE By Gordon Platt A global investigation into trading irregularities has not hampered growth or innovation in one of the world’s largest and most volatile markets—foreign exchange. The $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market is undergoing ...

Foreign Exchange: Dollar Days

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Despite the euro’s surprisingly strong showing in 2013, analysts expect the dollar to advance against most major currencies this year. The euro won’t be allowed to continue to appreciate, or it will harm Europe’s ...

Bonds: The Sell-Off Is On

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt A rebound in global manufacturing, as well as rising confidence in the sector, is forcing bond yields higher, with emerging markets bonds feeling the brunt of the sell-off. However, analysts do not expect a ...

Kuwait: Reshaping The Welfare State

COUNTRY REPORT By Gordon Platt Oil-rich Kuwait is finally making progress on implementing its multibillion-dollar development program and improving its business operating environment. Despite its aim to become a world-class financial and commercial center, the Arab Gulf country remains dependent ...

M&A: Steady As She Goes

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt The outlook for mergers and acquisitions in 2014 is generally positive in light of expectations for modest global economic growth, but a return to pre-crisis levels of M&A activity is not likely, analysts say. ...

2013

Corporate Debt Hits The Heights

CORPORATE FINANCE FOCUS By Gordon Platt Apple’s $17 billion corporate bond offering in April was the largest in history at the time, but it was dwarfed by Verizon’s $49 billion bond offering in September. Investment-grade US corporations sold more debt ...

Equity: Coming Out Party

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Led by growth companies in the technology and healthcare sectors, investor returns on initial public offerings were exceptionally strong in the third quarter, particularly in the US markets. Analysts expect the fourth quarter to ...

Foreign Exchange 2013: Who’s Who

Global Finance’s annual list of the most important players in forex. By Gordon Platt BMO Capital Markets CJ Gavsie Managing director and global head of foreign exchange products and China capital markets Gavsie is responsible for BMO’s global foreign exchange ...

M&A: China And The Good Earth

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt From a supergiant oil field in Kazakhstan to the world’s largest producer of potash fertilizer in Russia to an African iron mine, China has scooped up stakes in major resource and agricultural companies in ...