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Corporate Capital Shops Abroad

Corporate Capital Shops Abroad

Cash-rich corporations are once again seeking to expand through acquisitions, often looking abroad for synergies, and that’s driving the global M&A market.

Special Report: Risk & Insurance

Special Report: Risk & Insurance

Antiglobalization and rising nationalism are increasing political risks for multinational corporations, yet insurance policies don’t provide the needed coverage.

Payments Get Real

Payments Get Real

Corporate and banking entities are seeking faster, more secure payment systems, and experiments in the payments space are coming to fruition.  

Award Winners

Cross Border Deals Drive M&A

Cross Border Deals Drive M&A

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for best investment banks for M&A (mergers and acquisitions).

Focused For Advantage

Focused For Advantage

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for best boutique investment banks. 

Low Rates, High Volume

Low Rates, High Volume

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for the world’s best investment banks for debt. 

Bullish On Stocks Again

Bullish On Stocks Again

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for best investment banks for equities 

Bumper Year Expected

Bumper Year Expected

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for the world’s best investment banks for derivatives. 

Back To Customer Service

Back To Customer Service

Details on the winners of Global Finance Magazine’s 2017 awards for best US regional investment banks. 

Global Salon

Q&A: Louis Pastina On Transformational Tech

Q&A: Louis Pastina On Transformational Tech

Louis Pastina, who leads technology at consultancy Global Markets Advisory Group and previously served in technology and regulatory leadership roles at the New York Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange (GMAG), visited Global Finance to discuss dramatic changes in financial technology.

Middle East: Annual Supplement

Middle East Drive To Diversify

Middle East Drive To Diversify

The need for economic diversification has never been greater, as governments around the Gulf look to shore up oil-depleted revenues and boost job prospects for their fast-growing populations.

Sovereign Bond Caravan Lopes Along

Sovereign Bond Caravan Lopes Along

Sovereigns continue to lead debt issuance in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with further major issuances planned for this year, as countries look to plug deficits.

A New Economic Reality: Oil And Gas

A New Economic Reality: Oil And Gas

Is Lebanon about to become the Middle East’s next oil and gas producer? After years of political deadlock, the government is about to reopen bids for offshore hydrocarbon exploration.

Fear And Loathing On The Road To PPP

Fear And Loathing On The Road To PPP

The Middle East is fertile ground for public-private partnerships, especially for infrastructure investment, but legal and economic conditions remain an obstacle, and governments are skeptical about PPP benefits for long-term projects. 

Gulf Real Estate: From Hi-Rises To REITs

Gulf Real Estate: From Hi-Rises To REITs

The real estate investment market in the Middle East is exhibiting a resurgence and signs of maturity, with real estate investment trusts growing in popularity as an alternative source of capital. 

Lebanese Banks Stand Tall Amid Uncertainty

Lebanese Banks Stand Tall Amid Uncertainty

The Lebanese economy was hit hard in recent years, mainly by spillover from Syria’s crisis. However, the financial sector has proven resilient and domestic political stability offers renewed prospects for growth.   

Middle East Banks Seek Growth Externally

Middle East Banks Seek Growth Externally

Middle Eastern banks are looking for merger and acquisition opportunities to help them bolster their balance sheets and expand into new product areas and markets. 

Q&A with Saad Azhari, Blom Bank

Q&A with Saad Azhari, Blom Bank

Regional political and economic uncertainty has not impeded Lebanese banks’ expansion into countries such as Jordan, Egypt, and even Iraq, says BLOM Bank’s chairman and general manager.

Q&A with Freddie Baz, Bank Audi

Q&A with Freddie Baz, Bank Audi

Doing business in Egypt and Turkey is not for the fainthearted. Bank Audi’s vice chairman and group strategy director says success in these markets is about being able to absorb short-term shocks.
 

Middle East’s Best Companies Hold On

Global Finance magazine’s 2017 list of the Best-Performing Companies In The Middle East shows some changes at the top of the rankings, with Israel gaining position while oil-producing countries struggle with low oil prices.

Country Report

Kenya: Primed For Growth

Kenya: Primed For Growth

Sudan–Ethiopia Transport Corridor), consisting of a large port, a railway, oil pipelines, highways, international airports and cities, is a massive undertaking. Kenya has created a positive environment for foreign direct investment (FDI), as it looks to appeal to foreign multinationals. ...

Milestones

Trade Pact Sails Forward

Trade Pact Sails Forward

Ratified by more than 110 of 164 member countries, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has gone into force, launching “a new phase for trade facilitation reforms all over the world,” according to the WTO.

Corporate Finance

Corporate Capital Shops Abroad

Corporate Capital Shops Abroad

Cash-rich corporations are once again seeking to expand through acquisitions, often looking abroad for synergies, and that’s driving the global M&A market.

Newsmakers

Corporate Finance & Capital

More Rules, More Fines, More On Balance

More Rules, More Fines, More On Balance

Lenders have paid more than $300 billion in fines since the 2008 financial crisis; the growing regulations are slowly forcing stronger balance sheets.  

Food Giants Fund Start-Ups To Co-Opt Competition

Food Giants Fund Start-Ups To Co-Opt Competition

Multinational food conglomerates are launching funding operations to invest in—or buy outright—startups with a natural or healthful focus, to capture the credibility of these craft brands.

Sovereign Funds Go Local

Sovereign Funds Go Local

Political pressure is on sovereign wealth funds to use investment to support local communities and infrastructure. 

Regional Report

Private Equity Gets Back Into Brazil

A positive macroeconomic outlook and a sharp decline asset prices are once again making Brazilian investments attractive for large international private equity firms, which are cautiously returning after three years of economic crisis.