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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Upfront

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  • Libor pains

    Of all the regulatory challenges facing the syndicated loan market, the replacement of Libor as the base rate for deal pricing could prove to be the most difficult.

  • Deal or no deal

    There’s no doubt about it: Europe has too many banks. At the last count, there were more than 3,000 European banking institutions.

  • Xiaomi’s reboot

    What a relief. Xiaomi’s first week as a listed company has drawn a line under the recent run of shaky IPOs from China’s technology sector – but it could have been very different.

  • Running out of money

    Loan bankers love to think that they are made of sterner stuff than the fickle folk of the bond market.

  • Sticking plaster

    The emerging markets are not in crisis and the fundamentals – measured by growth rates or external balances – are in much better shape in many countries than in, say, the US or the UK.

  • Xiaomi the way to go home

    When it comes to Chinese equities, two wrongs sometimes do make a right.

  • Crest of a wave

    AT&T is set to go down in the record books after a court judge finally approved – some 20 months after the deal was first announced – the telecoms giant’s acquisition of Time Warner’s media empire.

  • Syndicate, or cartel?

    “To permit antitrust actions such as this threatens serious securities-related harm … there is a serious risk that antitrust courts, with different nonexpert judges and different nonexpert juries, will produce inconsistent results.”

  • Gloom and doom

    The European sovereign debt crisis, which claimed the scalp of at least one bank and brought countless others close to the edge seven years ago, was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Policymakers, seeing the carnage wrought by the crisis, pledged to make the system safer.

  • Led astray

    At a time when regulators are clamping down on questionable behaviour, it’s amazing what goes on under everyone’s noses in certain markets. And nowhere more so than in the Gulf.