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Cover Story : Stop Party People

PARTY ON! PRIVATE EQUITY Private equity has had a tough year. It was hounded by legislators for its methods during the first half of 2007. And in the second half it was hit by the credit crunch. Can its astonishing ...

Features

Features : Building A Stronger Supply Chain

FOCUS / SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Having good financial and physical supply chain infrastructure can mean the difference between competitive advantage and faster available cash versus reactive management and stops and bottlenecks in accounts receivable. "A successful supply chain infrastructure considers ...

Features : Buyout Or Sellout?

FOCUS / CANADA FOR SALE The buyout boom of Canadian companies is stirring intense controversy and throwing a harsh spotlight on the role of corporate executives. As the selloff of Canada’s biggest and best-known companies reaches record levels, politicians, labor ...

Features : Clear Path

SECTOR REPORT / TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT Large corporations are leaping at the chance to connect directly to the banks’ financial messaging network. Some of the banks are not so keen, though. Afew years ago, many companies had probably never ...

Features : Growth Pains

COUNTRY REPORT / CHINA China’s continuing economic expansion may be a bumpy ride, but the country’s prospects still look remarkably good. Reach for the skies: China’s newfound wealth is reflected in its grand plans for Shanghai and beyond, yet questions ...

Features : Growth Pains

COUNTRY REPORT / CHINA China’s continuing economic expansion may be a bumpy ride, but the country’s prospects still look remarkably good. Reach for the skies: China’s newfound wealth is reflected in its grand plans for Shanghai and beyond, yet questions ...

Features : Shariah-Compliant Corporate Finance Forges Ahead

ISLAMIC INVESTMENT BANKING Investor demand, banks’ creativity and deep pools of liquidity in the Middle East are driving strong growth in the development of Islamic investment banking products. Hassoune:“Investors and entrepreneurs must hare the risks and rewards of a given ...

Features : The Business Of Growth

SPONSORED ROUNDTABLE As they expand their own businesses, clients are demanding increasingly sophisticated services from their global custodians. GLOBAL FINANCE: How has the recent market volatility affected global custodians? JAY MARTIN , senior vice president, global custody regional product executive, ...

Features : World’s Best Derivatives Providers 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY / BEST DERIVATIVES PROVIDERS The fourth annual Global Finance awards for the World’s Best Derivatives Providers comes at a time when derivatives are in the mainstream news as never before. The US subprime mortgage crisis has spawned a ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Features : Growth Pains

COUNTRY REPORT / CHINA China’s continuing economic expansion may be a bumpy ride, but the country’s prospects still look remarkably good. Reach for the skies: China’s newfound wealth is reflected in its grand plans for Shanghai and beyond, yet questions ...

Features : Growth Pains

COUNTRY REPORT / CHINA China’s continuing economic expansion may be a bumpy ride, but the country’s prospects still look remarkably good. Reach for the skies: China’s newfound wealth is reflected in its grand plans for Shanghai and beyond, yet questions ...

Features : The Business Of Growth

SPONSORED ROUNDTABLE As they expand their own businesses, clients are demanding increasingly sophisticated services from their global custodians. GLOBAL FINANCE: How has the recent market volatility affected global custodians? JAY MARTIN , senior vice president, global custody regional product executive, ...

Emerging Markets : Bankers Still Bullish On Brazil

Gol: Planning share buyback Investment banks say the recent US Fed rate cut, coupled with strong domestic fundamentals, bodes well for Brazilian capital market investors. “Fed easing since mid-August has opened up a new leg of the bull market in ...

Emerging Markets : Foreign Telecommunications Companies Embark

INDIA India calling: Global telecom firms muscle in on a fast-growing market. Following the recent acquisition of Indian telecom company Hutchinson Essar by Vodafone Group in May 2007 for $11 billion, Russian telecom company Sistema’s acquisition of a 10% stake ...

Emerging Markets : Pension Funds Like Local-Currency Debt

NEWS California’s San Bernardino County’s employees’ retirement plan awarded a $125 million mandate in October to London-based Ashmore Investment Management for investment in emerging market local-currency debt. “All our central bank clients and the majority of our pension fund clients ...

Emerging Markets : Putin Unveils His Power Play

RUSSIA Putin’s deft maneuvering will almost certainly see him retaining power In the second political bombshell in three weeks—following the surprise mid-September appointment of the obscure Victor Zubkov to replace prime minister Mikhail Fradkov—Russian president Vladimir Putin in early October ...

Emerging Markets : Study Says Dr Programs Boost Share Prices Of EM

DR NEWS Companies based in emerging market countries enjoy higher domestic share prices and improved home-market liquidity one year after opening a DR program, according to a study released in October by UK-based Oxford Metrica, an independent research firm. Companies ...

Emerging Markets : Warren Buffett Bangs The Gong

COMPANY TO WATCH: PETRO CHINA/CHINA Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, who is one of America’s most successful investors, could be sending a message about China’s red-hot stock market by cashing in most of his chips in PetroChina, which explores ...

The World's Best Derivatives Providers

Features : World’s Best Derivatives Providers 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY / BEST DERIVATIVES PROVIDERS The fourth annual Global Finance awards for the World’s Best Derivatives Providers comes at a time when derivatives are in the mainstream news as never before. The US subprime mortgage crisis has spawned a ...

Milestones

Milestones : $100 Billion Bank Fund Buys Time For Treasury

UNITED STATES Hank Paulson: Eager for Uncle Sam to avoid bailing out major American banks. The United States Treasury in effect told the big American banks last month to clean up their own mess and not to look to the ...

Milestones : Challenges Grow In Run-Up To New Payment Rules

EUROPE Europe's payments landscape is set to change dramatically with market reforms. Banks and companies in other parts of the world are watching with interest as the deadline for radical transformation of the UK and Europe’s cross-border payments landscape draws ...

Milestones : Venezuela’s Monetary Experiment

VENEZUELA Rodrigo Cabezas: New currency will help fight inflation. Venezuela is gearing up for the introduction of a new currency to replace the bolivar, in circulation since 1879, in a move the Hugo Chávez administration hopes will help curb inflation. ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : China Unleashes Ipos To Soak Up Liquidity

GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS China has approved a series of major IPOs in recent weeks in an attempt to cool its soaring stock markets by flooding them with a growing supply of new issues. The country’s main Shanghai index has more than ...

Corporate Finance : Us High-yield Market Coming Back To Life

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS / CORPORATE DEBT The high-yield bond market in the United States has revived, thanks in part to the Federal Reserve’s half-point interest rate cut on September 18, with some companies able to double the size of planned ...

Corporate Finance : Weak Dollar Unlikely To Reach Crisis Stage

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS / FOREIGN EXCHANGE The dollar tumbled to a record low against a basket of leading currencies known as the dollar index at the end of September and likely will fall further, but no dollar crisis or rescue ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : Offshoring Industry Faces New Opponent: Its Clients

UNITED KINGDOM/UNITED STATES Divett: Offshoring IT involves hidden costs. Offshoring information technology services is an emotive subject that incites mixed responses from most companies. Although Wall Street financial firms were among the early adopters of outsourcing, sending their back-office IT ...

Newsmakers : US Shouldn’t Take Its Aaa Rating For Granted

UNITED STATES Nikola Swann: External imbalances put the dollar at risk of ratings downgrade. Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Nikola Swann says the dollar’s preeminent role in the world cannot be taken for granted. The greenback is still the predominant ...