2013

Awards: World’s Best Subcustodians 2013

SAFETY FIRST By Gordon Platt Safeguarding client assets has never been more important in this era of global economic uncertainty —and even subcustodians are finding themselves increasingly in the spotlight as a result of sovereign and commercial pressures. With the ...

World’s Best Subcustodians 2013: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt NORTH AMERICA Citi Lee Waite: The rules of the game are not static Citi is the largest subcustodian in the US, the world’s biggest subcustody market. The bank also has the largest proprietary network in the industry, ...

M&A: US, China M&A Activity Heating Up

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Shanghui International, China’s biggest pork producer, agreed to pay $4.7 billion to acquire Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. If the deal succeeds, it should be the biggest takeover ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Europe

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt TOUGH TIMES CONTINUE IN EUROPE Europe remains mired in recession. Apart from Germany and the Nordics, major European economies are either flatlining or, as among the southern peripherals, contracting further ...

Debt: Saudi Sukuk Market Heats Up

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt A series of three major sukuk issues in Saudi Arabia in the first week of April demonstrated the growing depth of the debt capital markets in the kingdom, where corporations are diversifying ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt MOBILE BANKING STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AFRICA Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for mobile payments. Money transfers using mobile phones will exceed $200 billion in ...

FX: Cyprus Fallout Weighs On Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro slumped to a four-month low in the aftermath of the bailout of Cyprus, as market participants worried about the implications for other countries on the periphery of the eurozone. Although ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Middle East

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt CONSERVATIVE LENDING AND RECORD EARNINGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Many of the largest banks in the Middle East posted record earnings in 2012, as they continued to pursue conservative lending ...

Equity: NYSE, Mexican Exchange Top IPO Charts

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt The New York Stock Exchange and the Mexican Stock Exchange were the top exchanges for initial public offerings in the first quarter, according to research firm Renaissance Capital. The once-sleepy Mexican exchange ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Latin America

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt LOCAL BANKS INCREASE MARKET SHARE While European banks have dominated Latin America’s banking sector for more than a decade, their stronghold has recently weakened. Some have sold local assets to ...

M&A: Falling Yen Hits Overseas Buying

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt The falling yen is raining on Japan’s parade of overseas acquisitions, which had a record-breaking year in 2012, when the yen was rising. The first three months of 2013 constituted the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

CLIFFORD CHANCE TO OPEN SAUDI PARTNERSHIP By Gordon Platt Clifford Chance is the first global law firm to receive approval from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry to create a Saudi-foreign legal partnership in the kingdom. Photo Credits: SAUDI ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Asia

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt REGIONAL ECONOMY ON SOLID GROWTH PATH Asia’s regional economy continues to grow steadily, despite the tepid recovery in the United States and sovereign debt issues in Europe. The region’s banks, ...

Middle East 2013: UAE: Visions Of Splendor

VISIONS OF SPLENDOR By Gordon Platt Investor confidence has returned to the UAE, with the former debt-laden emirate of Dubai once again planning major infrastructure projects. Even a new financial center is planned for construction. Dubai continues to dream big, ...

Debt: Bond Market Rally Losing Steam

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Investors have piled into US treasury bonds in recent years to escape such financial scares as the eurozone debt crisis and slowing growth in China. Analysts warn that the bond rally is ...

Middle East 2013: Ethical Banking

THE ALLURE OF ETHICAL BANKING By Gordon Platt Islamic banks in the Gulf region are tapping into growing demand for ethical banking and are upping their game in structuring sukuk and wholesale banking services. Ethical banking services continue to be ...

Annual Supplement: Middle East 2013

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE Photo Credits: RITU MANOJ JETHANI/ Shutterstock.com Passengers arriving at Dubai International Airport on Emirates’ double-decker Airbus 380 aircraft taxi up to a new $3.2 billion dedicated terminal, Concourse A, which opened in February. After disembarking, travelers ...

M&A: Megamergers Raise Hope for More

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt With the stock market hitting record highs and confidence growing in the US economy, dealmaking has accelerated dramatically. A series of megamergers has unleashed a spirit of optimism about the prospects ...

Middle East 2013: Jordan’s Uphill Battle

BRIDGING THE GAPS By Gordon Platt Jordan has a difficult road ahead as it implements economic and political reforms as part of an IMF loan package and deals with the spillover from unrest in neighboring countries. Jordan’s economy is being ...

FX: Dollar In Long-Term Bull Trend

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The dollar has been in a long-term declining trend against the major currencies for nearly a decade, losing about 40% in value, but analysts say it is no longer weakening in periods ...

Middle East 2013: Seeking Unity On GCC

SEEKING UNITY By Gordon Platt GCC members continue to pay lip service to economic and political union, but experts say much more needs to be done on the military, security and development fronts before that can happen. Photo Credits: DR ...

Middle East 2013: Transition Economies

DEFYING EXPECTATIONS By Gordon Platt For many, the Arab Spring symbolizes years of painful economic and political reforms ahead. But financial institutions are upbeat about the region’s prospects, noting that markets such as Iraq and Libya continue to outperform. The ...

Equity: Rising Stock Market Fires Up IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt A rising tide lifts all ships, and the bull market in stocks is enabling a number of technology and housing-related companies, particularly in the US, to float initial public offerings. Total IPO ...

Equity: BRICs To Lead DRs In 2013

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt Companies based in emerging markets will continue to rely on depositary receipts as an important means of financing their growth in 2013, taking advantage of continued global investor interest in the fast-growing ...

Debt: Distressed Corp Deals Decline

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Distressed debt and bankruptcy restructurings completed in 2012 more than doubled from 2011 to $423 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Excluding Greece’s record $263 billion debt-exchange transaction, however, produces a very different ...

Middle East Investment Banking

SIGNS OF RESILIENCE By Gordon Platt In spite of poor global economic and investment conditions, Middle Eastern investment banking looks set for another solid year in 2013. The outlook for investment banking in the volatile Middle East region is surprisingly ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

DUBAI SEEKS ROLE AS CAPITAL OF ISLAMIC ECONOMY By Gordon Platt Dubai plans to become the capital of the Islamic economy by setting global standards. In addition to promoting Islamic finance and insurance, the emirate wants to arbitrate Islamic contracts ...

M&A: Energy, Resources Deals Heat Up

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Pipeline deals, shale-energy plays and natural resources transactions—often involving Asian buyers—provided an energetic start to mergers and acquisitions in 2013. The overall January deal totals for the Americas and Europe surpassed ...

FX: Economic Woes To Constrain Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro was the star of the major currencies in January, as it soared to a 14-month high against the dollar and a 33-month high against the Japanese yen. Its strength reflects ...

Trade Finance: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt GLOBAL WINNERS BEST TRADE FINANCE PROGRAM International Finance Corporation (IFC) IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, offers programs that focus on supporting trade in areas that have the greatest impact on the poor. Georgina Baker, ...

Equity: Global IPO Market Shrinks

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt Global initial public offerings declined 29% in 2012 to $117 billion, reflecting steep declines in IPO issuance in Hong Kong and China, according to Thomson Reuters. On an encouraging note, ...

M&A: Record Spin-Offs Boost Global M&A

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Thanks in large part to record levels of spin-offs and divestitures, global mergers and acquisitions achieved a 2% gain in 2012 to $2.6 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. Spin-offs and divestitures ...

FX: Central Banks Key To 2013 FX Moves

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt Central bank policies could create some interesting opportunities in the foreign exchange markets in 2013, despite what could be a slow-growth environment, analysts say. “We expect the newly elected Japanese government to ...

Awards: Trade Finance

EMBRACING THE MODERN ERA By Gordon Platt Global Finance presents the winners of its annual trade finance providers awards, incorporating the results of our first-ever trade finance readers’ survey. The ancient business of financing trade is now firmly positioned within ...

Trade Finance: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt REGIONAL WINNERS AMERICAS Citi With its extensive presence in the US, Canada and Latin America, Citi is the largest service provider for private-labeled letters of credit and open account transactions. The bank’s global footprint enables it to ...

Debt: Companies Rush To Issue Bonds

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Those investors reaching for higher yields in a low-interest-rate environment propelled bond markets around the world to new highs in 2012, but analysts don’t expect the party to continue forever. The Federal ...