August-September 2020

A region bustling with tech held back by red tape

Central and Eastern Europe is ripe for a fintech boom with internal interest and external investment lining up, but a mish-mash of regulatory standards makes it difficult for plucky start-up companies to implement region-spanning plans.

In profile: GoBubble's chief marketing officer John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a financial markets fintech veteran, leading global marketing at foreign exchange trading platform Traiana, which was sold to ICAP for US$247mn over a decade ago. Now, personal tragedy and a keen desire to help others has seen him move away from finance and into education technology with the child-focused digital community platform GoBubble.

Shipping staying afloat as trade plunges

The total economic cost of the coronavirus pandemic will take years to be fully realised, but one multi-industry spanning sector that acutely felt the effects is global trade. With trade volumes expected to see a double-digit percentage decline by the end of the year, numerous industries have taken a big revenue hit and will need ample access to finance to survive.

Appointments | Unicredit & BCS

Jana Hecker has become UniCredit’s global head of equity capital markets and Alexei Bolshakov has left Citi to join Russian brokerage BCS Global Markets where he will act as global head of equities.