Societe Generale CIB has appointed Jose Enrique Concejo as global head of its financial institution group (FIG), and the new man in charge tells EMEA Finance that widespread optimism is finally making a return to the banking sector.
Nigeria has become the first sovereign in Africa to issue a green bond, and hopes are growing that other countries will dip their toe into the region’s nascent market.
Bahrain has issued a defiant response to the downgrades of its sovereign debt by a leading credit ratings agency and the decision by the International Monetary Fund to forecast a slowdown in economic growth.
Emaar Development priced the largest initial public offering the Dubai exchange has hosted for three years, but some are warning that the global equity markets are being driven by investors’ fear of missing out rather than faith in strong fundamentals.
Off-grid power and captive energy projects are taking up some of the slack as big infrastructure deals stall, says Standard Bank.
The World Bank’s private investment arm signed a US$500m deal with Eastspring Investments in July.
Venture capital and private equity firm BlackFin Capital Partners has completed a more than €100mn first closing for a European business technology fund, with the fund’s founding partner telling EMEA Finance that the aim is to become a leading investor on the continent.