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Economics, Policy & Regulation

Germany: Siemens CEO Wields Ax

NEWSMAKERS By Gilly Wright After just over a couple of months as Siemens new CEO, Joe Kaeser has announced he...


Gibraltar: A Rock In A Hard Place

MILESTONES By Gilly Wright The ongoing spat between Spain and Britain over Gibraltar (a British-dependent territory that borders with Spain at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula) has drawn attention to the continued lack of commitment to ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Mexico: Pea Nieto’s Energy Reform

NEWSMAKERS By Gilly Wright The proposal by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to reform Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil and gas monopoly, could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s troubled economy. The proposal, which requires a constitutional ...


UK: BoE Appointee Has EU Influence

NEWSMAKERS By Gilly Wright The surprise appointment of Sir Jon Cunliffe as deputy governor of the Bank of England shows how seriously the UK takes challenges to its financial sector. From November, Cunliffe will be responsible for ...


Newsmakers: Program Of Reform Brings Pain And Gain

NEWSMAKERS: LATVIA By Gilly Wright Praised by both the EU and the IMF for passing painful austerity measures, Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis will soon be rewarded by seeing his country become the 18th member of the eurozone. ...


Newsmakers: Can Letta Save Italy From Austerity?

NEWSMAKERS: ITALY By Gilly Wright “Italy is dying from austerity alone. Growth policies cannot wait,” announced Italy’s new premier, Enrico Letta, in his first keynote speech. Can Letta pass reforms with weak coalition partners? Saying that priorities would ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Milestones: Is Slovenia Next In Line For A Bailout?

MILESTONES: SLOVENIA By Gilly Wright While the new Slovenian government dismisses Cyprus comparisons, it could soon be facing the same fate, as €1 billion ($1.3 billion) of government debt comes up for renewal in June. Photo Credits: SLOVENIA: ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Milestones: ORIX Paves The Way For More Asia-Europe Deals

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Gilly Wright Japanese financial group ORIX’s acquisition of a 90.1% share of Dutch asset management company Robeco from Rabobank for $2.6 billion is both the largest Japanese outbound deal so far this year and a reflection of ...


Newsmaker: Heins Aims To Resurrect Moribund BlackBerry

NEWSMAKER CANADA By Gilly Wright Not one to do anything by halves, BlackBerry’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, has overseen the launch of a new operating system called BlackBerry 10 and its first non-keyboard smartphone, the Z10. Heins hopes to shape ...