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Roundtable: Taiwan

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH   By Andrea Fiano   At a roundtable in Taipei, Global Finance brought together key figures in Taiwan's banking and finance industry to discuss how new cross-strait trade opportunities will support this export-driven economy.   Andrea ...

Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

ASIAN PEARLS   By Denise Bedell   Three pearls of Southeast Asia are beginning to glow with their own unique luminescence. Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines are increasingly on the radar of international investors and corporations.   Red Hook, Brooklyn, ...

Roundtable: Philippines

UPWARD TRAJECTORY   Moderated By Denise Bedell   At a roundtable in Makati City, Manila, Global Finance brought together key banking and corporate figures in the Philippines to discuss how they are responding to the challenges they face in attracting ...

Award Winners

Awards: Best Investment Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY AND AWARDS— REDEFINING SUCCESS   By Michael Shari   Global investment banks and strong local banks make the list in our annual awards.   For an investment bank, success has long been defined as staying true to one’s ...

Best Investment Banks 2012: Global Awards

By Michael Shari GLOBAL AWARDS BEST INVESTMENT BANK Goldman Sachs In a year when success in investment banking was defined by survival, Goldman Sachs gained market share by devising extraordinarily creative solutions for its clients in raising capital across asset ...

Best Investment Banks 2012: Regional Awards

By Michael Shari REGIONAL AWARDS - NORTH AMERICA BEST INVESTMENT BANK Goldman Sachs Goldman Sachs has built what KBW’s Cannon calls “the powerhouse brand” on Wall Street by constantly structuring complex deals that combine its three core businesses—equity, debt and ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN MINING TO GET VENTURE CAPITAL INCENTIVES   By Antonio Guerrero   South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan will grant a major venture capital incentive for SME mining companies.   South Africa: Investing in small mining operations South African finance ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDING GETS THE GREEN LIGHT   By Antonio Guerrero   The Brazilian government will invest $35.4 billion to increase sugar cane production for the booming ethanol industry.   Bumper crop: Brazil ramps up cane field production The Brazilian government has ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

STABILITY, NOT REFORM, IS LIKELY ON THE MENU   By Thomas Clouse   Premier Wen Jiabao lowers the annual growth target to 7.5% and promotes social services and wage growth.   In his final opening address to China’s annual congress, premier ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

PRIVATIZATION PROGRAM FAILS TO MEET TARGETS   By Aaron Chaze   The Indian government pushed to meet targeted privatizations for the 2011–2012 fiscal year.   Powering up India’s thermal power plants The Indian government gave a final—and less-than-successful—push to meet ...

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, ...

Global Salon

Salon: Dean Baker - Fostering Growth

FOSTERING GROWTH By Alberto Riva   Global Finance sat down with economist Dean Baker, co-director and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, and author of several books, including The End of Loser Liberalism: Making ...

Supplements

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 ...

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 ...

Milestones

Could Cooperatives Change The World?

MILESTONES: GLOBAL   By Paula Green   Would the global economic crisis have been so severe if cooperative banks—which create value for their members as they achieve profits—ruled the financial world?   And would the European Union and many of their banks ...

Corporate Finance

Newsmakers

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, ...

Nigerian Candidate Breaks The World Bank Mold

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Luca Ventura   When Robert Zoellick announced in February that he would leave the World Bank in June, at the expiration of his five-year term as president, initial speculation over his possible successor revolved around the usual ...

Reding Lobbies For Board Member Quotas

NEWSMAKERS: EUROPE   By Valentina Pasquali   In the European Union, women comprise 60% of university graduates but only about 12% of corporate board members.   Reding: Tackling red-hot issues such as gender parity The European Commission has decided to take action ...

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Custody & Investors’ Services Guide

CUSTODY AND INVESTORS' SERVICES: SPONSORED BUYER'S GUIDE   BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES     CUSTODY ASSETS: 2011: $5,854 billion (December 2011) 2010: $6,205 billion RATINGS: Moody's: Aa3; S&P: AA-; Fitch: A+   CLIENT PROFILE: By location: Our network is one ...