Summit Notebook

Islamic finance just one more crisis victim?

April 13, 2009

It’s not just traditional western banks that are hurting — the recession is hitting Islamic finance hard, too.

Is Dubai real estate downturn reason for sukuk slump?

April 9, 2009

This week we had the opportunity to speak with Mohsin Khan, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the former head of the Middle East department at the International Monetary Fund, ahead of the 2009 Reuters Islamic Banking and Finance Summit. I asked him why he thought that the once red-hot market for Islamic bonds had slowed to a trickle. Khan says some of the largest issuers of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, were real estate developers and the reason corporations are reluctant to buy or issue sukuk these days is due in large part to the continuing decline in the value of real estate in Dubai. Click below to listen:
Kahn on sukuk issues from Reuters TV on Vimeo.

Could Islamic banking consolidation bring more uniformity?

April 9, 2009

Mohsin Khan, former head of the Middle East department at the International Monetary Fund, says the Islamic banking industry could benefit from consolidation by reducing the number of sharia boards, or groups of Islamic scholars, that each bank employs in the Middle East to decide whether or not investments comply with Islamic law. I spoke with Khan earlier this week ahead of the 2009 Reuters Islamic Banking and Finance Summit that kicks-off on April 13th in Dubai, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur and London. Click here to listen:
Kahn on consolidation from Reuters TV on Vimeo.

Audio – For best M&A results? Don’t forget the fish and the booze!

March 11, 2009

There is an entire industry out there about what to do to make a merger a success. Many of us know bankers or lawyers who work for weeks and hours on end just to make sure their deals are perfectly done with all the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted.

Investors hoarding gold?

March 11, 2009

This week we’ve brought you interviews with some of the world’s best-known mining and steel companies. One thing that we’ve heard over and over again is: gold is king. Industry watchers say thinking of gold as an investment is not a bad idea. Check out Conway Gittens’ story:

Audio – Kinross in the ‘Sweet Spot’

March 11, 2009

In the M&A world, this is where you want to be.

Kinross Gold’s CEO Tye Burt said at the Reuters Global Mining and Steel Summit on Wednesday that as far as mergers and acquisitions go, his company is in a pretty good place — there are more deals hitting his desk, sellers are getting more motivated and Kinross, the third-largest of the Canadian gold miners, has the cash to do a little shopping.

Welcome to the 2009 Reuters Global Mining Summit

March 9, 2009

Prices for copper, zinc and aluminum have plummeted in the last four months as the global economic downturn cut demand from China and other developing countries who needed metals and steel to build up their infrastructure.

Video – Steelmakers forge survival plan

March 9, 2009

As a global recession hits just about every industry, steelmakers too have felt the brunt, logging dramatic declines in demand.