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Cover: Will Japan Regain Its Greatness?

WILL JAPAN REGAIN ITS GREATNESS? By Michael Shari Business is trying to resurrect Asia's economic miracle a year and a half after the Tohoku tragedy. Tokyo is enjoying a long-deserved renaissance. Young professionals are converging from all across the Japanese ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Financial Reporting Still Plagued By Delays

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Valentina Pasquali Companies worldwide are making big changes to their reporting processes—seeking relief from the high costs associated with missed regulatory deadlines and poor-quality data. They are investing more and more in their financial reporting systems, according ...

FX: Euro Tumbles, EU Debt Crisis Grows

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The European debt crisis remains the key focus of foreign exchange market participants, as the slowdown in the global economy increases pressure on central banks and government officials to take action to ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

FEELING THE EFFECTS OF ECONOMIC CONTAGION By Antonio Guerrero The Africa Finance Corp, a multilateral finance institution based in Nigeria, says it has a pipeline of sub-Saharan investment projects worth $3 billion over the next year. The AFC has already ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

TIME-OUT FOR BRAZIL'S GROWTH BOOM By Antonio Guerrero Brazil's growth explosion could be ending. The Brazilian central bank in June cut the official growth target from 3.5% to 2.5% for 2012, after first-quarter GDP expansion was a meager 0.2%. Brazil's ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

CHINESE EXPORTS DEFY EXPECTATIONS By Thomas Clouse China has given its banks more freedom to determine their own interest rates by declaring in June that banks could offer lenders rates as low as 80% of the official rate and depositors ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

GOVERNMENT TO SELL OFF STAKES, REDUCE DEFICIT By Aaron Chaze The administration announced renewed efforts to sell stakes in government-run companies in order to reduce the fiscal deficit. It plans to raise INR300 billion ($5.4 billion) by selling stakes in ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PRIVATIZATION PLAN COULD STUMBLE BEFORE LEAVING THE GATE By Kim Iskyan In early June, Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, agreed to buy DenizBank of Turkey from French-Belgian lender Dexia, for $3.5 billion. The deal marked Sberbank's second-largest transaction in recent years ...

GCC Regional Report: Seeking More-Inclusive Growth

SEEKING MORE-INCLUSIVE GROWTH By Gordon Platt After strong economic growth in 2011, the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council are spreading the wealth by putting a priority on non-oil job creation and social welfare. Photo Credit : PHILIP LANGE ...

Risk Management: Liability Insurance

A NEW REALITY By Al Modugno Corporate liability risk is increasing as jurisdictions around the world adopt liability laws that mimic the stringent framework in the US. Just over two decades ago, the European Commission began the process of harmonizing ...

Global Salon

Global Salon: Jan Stuart, Credit Suisse

NO MORE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS By Paula Green Global Finance sat down with Jan Stuart, managing director, head of energy commodity research, fixed income, at Credit Suisse in New York, to get his perspective on the global economy and oil markets. ...

The World's Best Supply Chain Finance Providers

Awards: Supply Chain Finance 2012

BUILDING BLOCKS By Anita Hawser and Paula Green The winners of this year's awards come from a wide array of bank and nonbank backgrounds. They offer unique financing solutions and are helping buyers and suppliers connect as never before. Supply ...

Awards: World's Best Subcustodians 2012

NEW HORIZONS By Gordon Platt With every new regulation that hits global trust and custody banks, a new service is born for subcustodians. Keeping up is expensive and challenging, but nonetheless it is a good time to be in subcustody. ...

Best Supply Chain Finance Providers 2012: Global Winners

By Anita Hawser and Paula Green BEST SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE PROVIDER—BANK Citi With trade and supplier finance capabilities in more than 80 countries, few providers can match Citi's extensive geographical footprint. It provides different forms of supplier finance (receivables financing, ...

Best Supply Chain Finance Providers 2012: Regional Winners

By Anita Hawser NORTH AMERICA Citi Citi is the leading provider of export-credit-agency–backed transactions, and in 2011 in conjunction with the US Export-Import Bank it launched its second ECA–guaranteed supply chain financing with participation of up to $1 billion to ...

Winners’ Circle: Supply Chain Finance

LEADING THE PACK By Kathryn Tully Global Finance evaluates the Best of the Best Supply Chain Finance Providers in The Winners' Circle: an ongoing look at the top awards winners over the magazine's 25-year history, launched as part of our ...

Milestones

Financial Reporting Still Plagued By Delays

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Valentina Pasquali Companies worldwide are making big changes to their reporting processes—seeking relief from the high costs associated with missed regulatory deadlines and poor-quality data. They are investing more and more in their financial reporting systems, according ...

Small Firms Take On Big Four Accountants’ Fee Model

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES By Paula Green US tech firms, including Google And Twitter, are taking advantage of a new model for accounting and tax services. A stripped-down, low-cost solution is gaining in popularity among Silicon Valley tech firms weary of ...

Corporate Finance

Debt: Inmet Mining Funds Panama Project

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Inmet Mining, a global mining company based in Toronto, placed $1.5 billion of senior notes in the US high-yield debt market to fund a copper-mining project in Panama, in which it holds ...

FX: Euro Tumbles, EU Debt Crisis Grows

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The European debt crisis remains the key focus of foreign exchange market participants, as the slowdown in the global economy increases pressure on central banks and government officials to take action to ...

M&A: Marubeni Buys US Grain Supplier

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Japanese trading company Marubeni placed a large bet that China's demand for imported corn will continue to grow. Marubeni will buy US grain merchant Gavilon for $5.6 billion, including $2 billion ...

Newsmakers

Alfa Group Oligarch Leaves TNK-BP Chair

NEWSMAKERS: RUSSIA By Kim Iskyan Mikhail Fridman has overcome a lot of hurdles since his humble beginnings as a window-cleaning entrepreneur in Russia, just as the Soviet Union was unraveling. Fridman faces his most difficult maneuver yet Photo Credit : ...

Former FDIC Head Launches Her Latest Crusade

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES By Luca Ventura Sheila Bair is determined to turn up the heat on regulators and accelerate financial reforms. Bair: protecting the US economy from the next crisis Photo Credit : ALBERT H. TEICH/ Shutterstock.com In her latest ...

Indigenization Minister Targets Foreign Banks

NEWSMAKERS: ZIMBABWE By Valentina Pasquali After targeting the lucrative mining sector, Zimbabwe's indigenization minister Saviour Kasukuwere is now ramping up pressure on foreign banks operating in the country to hand over 51% of their shareholdings to indigenous Zimbabweans as part ...

New Central Bank Head Unlikely To Appease ECB

NEWSMAKERS: SPAIN By Vanessa Drucker The government of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy revealed its character in early June, when it appointed Luis María Linde to become chief of the country's central bank and help restore its reputation. Linde shakes ...

Back Page

Back Page: Polls And Stats

BUYING STABILITY Break-even Brent oil prices ($ per barrel): the price that must be maintained for oil revenues to equilibrate annual budgets in oil-producing countries. "Oil-producing countries face rising expenses due to higher social pressure in the aftermath of the ...

Additional Stories

Country Report: Nigeria

TIME FOR CHANGE By Antonio Guerrero Nigeria holds great promise with its massive oil reserves, but endemic corruption, unfettered militant attacks on pipelines and lack of regulatory clarity could halt progress in its tracks. When the Nigerian government three years ...

Country Report: Portugal

PRIME TARGET By Vanessa Drucker Portugal is being held up as a model of reform in meeting its fiscal restructuring targets, but it faces a drag on growth from financial sector deleveraging. Meanwhile, Portuguese firms have become prime targets for ...

Equity: Strong IPO For Malaysia’s Felda

STRONG IPO FOR MALAYSIA'S FELDA By Gordon Platt Malaysian palm-oil producer Felda Global Ventures priced its $3.1 billion initial public offering near the top of its indicative range on June 13, amid strong demand from investors, who are bullish on ...

GCC regional report: Crafting A New Future

OMAN: CRAFTING A NEW FUTURE By Gordon Platt Keenly aware that its vital oil resources are dwindling, Oman has embarked on a major economic diversification program. Oman's economy has grown steadily in recent years, helped by rising oil income—owing to ...

GCC Regional Report: New Shopping List

NEW SHOPPING LIST By Justin Keay GCC sovereign wealth funds and banks are still selectively buying low-value assets in Europe, but higher-growth markets are increasingly on their radar. When the global financial crisis first hit back in 2008, Gulf sovereign ...

Winners’ Circle: Subcustodians

REIGNING SUPREME By Kathryn Tully Global Finance evaluates the Best of the Best Subcustodians in The Winners' Circle: An ongoing look at the top awards winners over the magazine's 25-year history, launched as part of our 25th Anniversary in 2012. ...

World's Best Subcustodians 2012: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt NORTH AMERICA Citi Lee Waite, global head of direct custody and clearing, Citi Citi's Global Transaction Services division has the largest proprietary custody network in the world, covering 61 markets and 98.5% of global market capitalization. Lee ...