News analysis

  • China encourages foreign lenders, but doesn't say how

    28 Mar 2007

    The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) has said that it will continue encouraging foreign banks to set up branches in China

  • Freshfields packs innovation into Chinese IPO

    28 Mar 2007

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Goldman Sachs as underwriters on the initial public offering and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing by China Agri-Industries Holdings

  • SEC liberalizes foreign issuer deregistration

    28 Mar 2007

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted long-awaited rules that make it easier for foreign issuers to avoid US reporting obligations

  • Brown's halal budget: London to overtake Dubai

    22 Mar 2007

    London could become the world's next centre for Islamic financing, experts predict

  • European defaults double

    22 Mar 2007

    The European default rate for corporate bond and loan issuers rose "substantially" in 2006, according to rating agency Moody's

  • Foreign lenders get Beijing blessing

    21 Mar 2007

    Four foreign banks have finally won regulatory approvals to incorporate in China, becoming the first to offer yuan-denominated services, and expand their operations to retail banking

  • Lovells leads Irish paper chase

    21 Mar 2007

    Lovells was lead international counsel on the Smurfit Kappa IPO – the largest-ever primary offering in Ireland

  • Malaysian IPO opens the door to Hong Kong

    21 Mar 2007

    The listing of Samling Global, a Malaysian forest resource and wood products company, has raised HK$2.18 billion ($280 million). More importantly, it is hoped that the transaction will start a trend of smaller Asian countries listing in Hong Kong

  • Mizuho clears opacity over Japanese securitization

    21 Mar 2007

    Allen & Overy overcame an opaque Japanese Financial Supervisory Agency (FSA) when it advised Merrill Lynch in Mizuho Corporate Bank's portfolio of €2 billion asset-backed securities and collateralized debt obligation securities

  • Cross-border securitization first for Ukraine

    15 Mar 2007

    Privatbank, Ukraine's largest bank, has successfully closed the country's first ever cross-border securitization deal

  • Saudi leverages phone calls in Islamic first

    15 Mar 2007

    Mohammed Al-Sheikh and White & Case continued this week to break boundaries in Islamic finance; announcing yesterday their latest shariah-compliant instrument

  • Ford's innovative reorganization continues

    14 Mar 2007

    Ford Motors has sold its Aston Martin sports car division to a consortium of investors, as part of its record-breaking reorganization and securitization

  • Saudi sukuk issues go international

    14 Mar 2007

    The issuance of Saudi Arabia's first international sukuk was announced this week by one of the kingdom's largest real estate developers, Dar Al-Arkan

  • Red chips wait for Chinese clarification

    07 Mar 2007

    Red chip companies are poised to list on the Chinese mainland exchange, but are waiting for clarification from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)