December-January 2020

Cover Story: Big green ambitions

South Africa has an ambitious plan to build more than 22 GW of renewables-focused energy capacity between now and 2030, but there is plenty of apprehension in the country as some major hurdles to getting financing in place need to be cleared.

Loans powering through a muted 2019

This has been a sluggish year for lending across the entire CEEMEA region, with the market hit by macroeconomic uncertainty and a dearth of jumbo deals. EMEA Finance reviews the syndicated loan market with some of the region’s leading bankers.

Getting Georgia’s energy market crystal clear

While Georgia has long made use of hydropower, many of its water resources remain untapped. As the private sector begins to invest in this sector – along with other renewables – the country is taking strides towards energy reforms.

Long a fixture, but still lacking mass appeal

Islamic banking has been in Britain for almost four decades, making the country the leading Western and non-Muslim hub. As these mostly retail focused Islamic banks mature, they are looking to expand their product range and offers to the UK’s large and growing Muslim populations’ interest in services beyond the vanilla bank account. 

The rise and rise of Chinese DRs

Chinese Depositary Receipts are becoming a major force in the DR world, leading to an increasing number of European jurisdictions setting up the framework to facilitate new routes to listing companies in what some estimate to be a US$1 trillion dollar market.

Appointments | Unicredit

Cédric Derras, the new head of CIB for MEA, will support a mix of European and GCC clients, as the bank works to strengthen its international network.

Appointments | Absa

Armed with two decades’ experience at South Africa’s central bank, Mminele is hoping to reverse Absa’s fortunes at a challenging time.

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