2012

DRs: Facebook Adds 25 More Underwriters

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt Facebook prepares for its initial public offering that it hopes could raise $10 billion. Facebook added 25 new underwriters to its original group of six, as it prepared for its ...

Middle East 2012: Economies In Transition

SHIFTING SANDS By Gordon Platt Extraordinary changes are occurring in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings. New economic models—and new opportunities for foreign investors—are developing. But the potential for great reward comes with great risk. ...

EM News: Investment To Support China’s GDP Growth

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt Monetary and fiscal policies in China will ease further to support investment in infrastructure, public housing and water resource projects, says HSBC. In addition, Beijing should and will likely deregulate sectors, including utilities, ...

FX: EU Debt Still Commands Center Stage

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The foreign exchange market continues to be rattled by Europe's debt crisis, analysts say the issue is far from settled. The foreign exchange market continues to be rattled by Europe's debt crisis, ...

M&A: Africa Key Target For Mining M&A

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt More than 2,600 mergers and acquisitions worth $149 billion were announced in the global mining industry last year. They represented an increase of 33% from 2010, making 2011 the busiest year ...

Feinberg Departs After BP Oil Spill Settlement

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES By Gordon Platt Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston-bred lawyer who oversaw the process of paying out billions of dollars to victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was relieved of his duties last month, ...

Company to Watch: BR MALLS / Brazil

BRAZILIAN MALL OPERATOR RINGS UP SALES GAIN By Gordon Platt Brazil’s retail sales rose more than expected in December—climbing 6.7% from a year earlier and suggesting that domestic consumption will remain strong despite global market conditions. BR Malls, the largest ...

Middle East 2012: Doha Dreams

FAITH IN THE DOLLAR PEG By Gordon Platt Global Finance sits down with Qatar’s central bank governor, sheikh Abdullah Bin Saud Al-Thani. The pegged-exchange-rate regime is working well, according to Al-Thani, and the resilient financial sector will help Doha to ...

Debt: Corporate Bonds Break Records

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Issuance of high-grade US corporate bonds soared to $99 billion in February. Issuance of high-grade corporate bonds in the US market soared to a monthly record high of $99 billion in February, ...

M&A: Xstrata Investors Balk At Merger

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Mining company Xstrata's merger with commodities dealer Glencore may not go ahead unless the terms are improved for shareholders. The $90 billion deal, billed as a "merger of equals," is expected ...

EM News: Equity Funds Attract Big Inflows

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt Investors dumped money market funds in January and shifted into higher-yielding equity funds, according to EPFR Global. "The emerging-markets equity funds we track have had their best start in six years," says Brad ...

DRs: Awaiting Facebook, IPOs Revive

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt The US market for initial public offerings is off to a strong start in 2012, with anticipation building ahead of the expected $5 billion Facebook IPO, which will be the ...

Company To Watch: Zambeef Products / Zambia

EXPANDING PRODUCT LINES AT ZAMBEEF By Gordon Platt Zambeef Products of Zambia is one of the largest agribusinesses in Africa, with more than 4,000 employees. In June 2011, it became the first Zambian company to list on the London Stock ...

DR News: Bancolombia Sells Follow-On ADRs

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt Bancolombia sold $267 million in ADRs in January in a follow-on offering to its domestic sale of $614 million in preferred shares. The bank said proceeds would go to lending and financing, ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

SAUDI ARABIAN BOURSE ALLOWS FOREIGN CROSS-LISTINGS By Gordon Platt The Saudi Arabian stock exchange, known as the Tadawul, has taken a major step toward becoming a regional exchange. Islamic bloc wins control in Kuwaiti parliament The Capital Market Authority (CMA) ...

Debt: Low Rates, Economy Boost Issuance

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Easing monetary conditions and economic stabilization have increased demand for higher-risk assets, despite worries about Europe's debt. The Federal Reserve has pledged that the federal funds rate will remain exceptionally low at ...

Middle East Investment Banking

CLOUDY OUTLOOK By Gordon Platt The global economic slowdown and regional political turmoil are casting a pall over investment banking in the Middle East. As there's no change in sight, bankers in the region may be in for another challenging ...

FX: Sudden Currency Moves And Hedging

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro's surprising rise early this year, even as the European Central Bank flooded the market with liquidity, caught many market participants by surprise. Net short positions in the euro hit a ...

New Year, New Fed With Rates Forecasts And Clear Targets

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES By Gordon Platt The Federal Reserve has found a new way to communicate its intentions to the markets. It will publish forecasts for the federal funds rate, the key short-term interest rate under its direct control. Fed ...

Best Trade Finance Banks 2012: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt BEST TRADE FINANCE BANKS 2012: REGIONAL WINNERS AMERICAS Citi Citi's trade finance business set records across the board in 2011, as all of the pieces seemed to fall in place for the bank. "We were in the ...

DR News: Thai Firms Build Exposure With Unsponsored ADRs

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt BNY Mellon set up unsponsored American depositary receipt (ADR) programs for two Thailand-based companies in December, Thai Airways International, the national carrier of Thailand, and BEC World, a television broadcasting and media ...

FX: Dollar Looks Good Versus Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The Japanese yen will hold its own as a safe-haven currency in 2012, while the dollar will be less ugly than the euro, analysts forecast. Based on relative economic growth and expected ...

Company To Watch: Yandex / Russia

'RUSSIAN GOOGLE' BUYS SOFTWARE FIRM TO BOOST MOBILE OFFERINGS By Gordon Platt Yandex, the leading Internet search engine in Russia, with a 63% market share, purchased SPB Software last November to increase its mobile services. Yandex has also teamed up ...

Country Report: Saudi Arabia

OPEN FOR BUSINESS By Gordon Platt Saudi Arabia is preparing to open its stock markets to foreign investment, and it has reinforced its financial management team in preparation for this and broader economic reforms. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil ...

Debt: Ford Motor Credit, GE

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Ford Motor Credit, the finance arm of the second-largest US automaker, and General Electric, the world's biggest maker of diesel locomotives and jet engines, were first out of the gate with big ...

Awards: Best Trade Finance Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY AND AWARDS: LIQUIDITY AND REGULATIONS SQUEEZE TRADE FINANCE By Gordon Platt The global economy is threatened by a shortage of financing for international trade, as banks reassess their business models. The availability and cost of trade financing could ...

EM News: New ‘Tigers’ Will Dominate Economic Growth

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt The BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India and China—now contribute more than half of the world's economic growth, while the broader emerging markets provide more than 70% of current global growth. Growth in the new ...

DRs: Depositary Receipt Pipeline Full

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt Depositary receipt investors pushed trading to a record high last year, demonstrating the continued popularity of DRs, despite challenging market conditions. While the amount of capital raised by corporate issuers was down ...

M&A: China Three Gorges Wins EDP Bid

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt China Three Gorges, a state-owned company that operates the world's largest hydropower project, bought a 21% stake in EDP, Portugal's largest company and utility. The Chinese company also purchased a 49% ...

Debt: Sprint Leads New Issuance Rebound

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt New-issuance volume in the US high-yield market rose sharply in November, led by a $4 billion, two-part offering from Sprint Nextel, the third-largest US mobile network operator. The Kansas company placed $3 ...

AT&T Won’t Hang Up On T-Mobile

MILESTONES: US/GERMANY By Gordon Platt Facing a $4 billion breakup fee, AT&T is working hard to make its proposed merger with T-Mobile a reality, despite regulatory stumbling blocks. Deal to create the largest US wireless carrier is in doubt When ...

DR News: Unsponsored ADR Market To Slow

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt New unsponsored American depositary receipt (ADR) program creation is likely to slow down in the short to medium term, according to a report by Celent, a Boston-based financial research and consulting firm. ...

DRs: New China Life Raises $1.9 Billion

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt New China Life Insurance raised $1.9 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong and Shanghai in December, but it was forced to price the issue at the bottom of an ...

Best Foreign Exchange Providers: Global Winner

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS: GLOBAL WINNER Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank has managed to stay on top of the FX world year after year. It has the biggest, most diversified and most profitable foreign exchange operation of any ...

Best Foreign Exchange Providers: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS: REGIONAL WINNERS NORTH AMERICA Citi Feig, Citi: We have invested in people and technology and are seeing our market share rise as a result As Citi prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in ...

Best Online Foreign Exchange Trading Systems

By Gordon Platt BEST ONLINE FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING SYSTEMS BANK SYSTEM State Street’s Currenex The Currenex foreign exchange trading platform uses patented technology to match orders and aggregate liquidity. Its high-speed, low-latency API (application programming interface) provides access to live, ...

Best Foreign Exchange Research & Analysis

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESEARCH & ANALYSIS RESEARCH BNY Mellon BNY Mellon, one of the largest foreign exchange dealers in the United States, offers support in virtually all currencies, with particular expertise in emerging markets. Derrick, BNY Mellon ...

Company To Watch: KGHM POLSKA MIEDŹ / Poland

POLISH COPPER, SILVER MINER ROLLS WITH THE PUNCHES By Gordon Platt After KGHM Polska Miedź reported that its third-quarter 2011 profits had tripled from the same period a year earlier, the Polish government immediately announced a significant increase in taxes ...

FX: Eurozone Plan Is A Start

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt Another EU summit ended in December with agreement on a new fiscal compact for the eurozone, but like previous efforts to rescue the common currency, the accord was less than comprehensive, and ...

M&A: Anglo American Controls De Beers

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, gained a long-coveted majority stake in diamond mining company De Beers, in one of two M&A deals that the British firm was ...

EM News: Mexican Exchange Woos High-Frequency Traders

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt The Bolsa Mexicana de Valores exchange in Mexico City says it will introduce faster trading technology by the middle of 2012 in an effort to attract more high-frequency traders. BMV says the new ...

Best Foreign Exchange Providers

ANNUAL SURVEY & AWARDS: FX PROVIDERS BET BIG ON TECHNOLOGY By Gordon Platt The most successful FX banks are boosting their IT spending and competing on price and service in an effort to maintain market share. As the foreign exchange ...

2011

Debt: Yields Bring In Investors

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt With market yields nearing 10%, investors rushed back into the high-yield corporate bond market in mid-October to take advantage of low prices and spreads to Treasury bonds of 900 basis points. “Spreads ...

Country Report: Turkey

EVADING A HARD LANDING By Gordon Platt Turkey’s widening trade and current account deficits are making some investors nervous, but government officials are confident they can keep the fast-growing economy from overheating if they apply the proper mix of fiscal ...

FX: Europe’s Debt Plan Missing Detail

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt Risk aversion appeared to be creeping back into the markets in early November, as the initial euphoria about the eurozone’s master plan to solve the debt crisis began to fade. Italy’s bond ...

EM News: BRIC Exchanges Announce Alliance

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt Stock exchanges in the BRIC countries, plus South Africa, plan to cross-list equity index derivatives as the first phase of a joint initiative announced at the annual meeting of the World Federation of ...

M&A: US Shale-Gas Boom Attracts FDI

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Foreign buyers accounted for 76% of the total value of US oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter of this year, with 22 deals valued at $37.3 billion, ...

EM Regional Review: Middle East

THE ARAB SPRING’S COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES By Gordon Platt Countries in the region are evaluating the economic outcome of social and political upheaval—both the opportunities and the challenges. Commercial International Bank, Egypt’s largest private sector bank, is proud to be ...