SymbioCity conference in Kenya

On the 20th and 21st November I attended a conference organised by the Swedish Trade Council in Nairobi and spoke about project finance on the second day. The conference was held at the Laico Regency Hotel, it was very well organised and attended and the talks very interesting. Mr Björn Häggmark, the Chargé d’Affaires at… Continue reading SymbioCity conference in Kenya

Innovation in Retail Payments

The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) recently published a report called ”Innovations in retail payments”. Based on a fact-finding exercise among 30 central banks, 122 innovations were identified and categorised. From that exercise, five major trends were derived: In view of the considerable number of new developments, the market is dynamic. However, only… Continue reading Innovation in Retail Payments

The Black Monday–25 years later

“History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” – Mark Twain Today 25 years ago, on Monday 19 October 1987, stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The total loss of wealth on just the American stock markets over the following five day period was approximately… Continue reading The Black Monday–25 years later

The Trichet understanding

Today in the Financial Times there is a very interesting interview with Jean-Claude Trichet, the former President of the European Central Bank. In the interview Jean-Claude Trichet recalls his eight years running the ECB and explains his own understanding of the current crises. According to Trichet, we are currently in the third episode of the… Continue reading The Trichet understanding

The Consequences of Frequent Trading

On a recent flight from Zurich to Nairobi, I met with Mike Jones, Managing Director of Argent Advisors Inc. based in Ruston, Louisiana. As I studied financial economics at the SSE and used to work with investments, I keep a keen interest in the subject. Therefore I enjoyed to talk with Mike about investment strategies… Continue reading The Consequences of Frequent Trading

Brownfield & Newbuilders in Kurdistan – the State of the Region

Few things unite people from different parts of the world as much as the continuous quest for better living conditions and wealth. In Kurdistan, with strong economic development, the wealth is within reach for almost everyone especially the middle age and younger population that has dreams about the future. There is a clear vision stated… Continue reading Brownfield & Newbuilders in Kurdistan – the State of the Region

The Launching of a European Hub for M-commerce

We have said it before: Successful place managers must open up their places for demo-activities. The demo dimension has become an attraction factor. Companies and innovators need to verify their theories and achievements. They need to do that in a business climate where the time factor is vital. They need to save time in their… Continue reading The Launching of a European Hub for M-commerce

Lessons From a Great Company

1) Introduction When it comes to travelling,I prefer to do so at night. By taking airplanes in the evening or during the night I gain two benefits. The first one is that I get to see sunsets and then the the starry sky above the clouds, which I love to see. The second is, I… Continue reading Lessons From a Great Company

Compliance and Ethics in Investment Banking

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was an American industrialist, being the  founder of the iron and steel industry in the United States. He was also a philanthropist. At the age of 33, when he had an annual income of $50,000, Carnegie wrote himself a note, “Beyond this never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend… Continue reading Compliance and Ethics in Investment Banking

Private Equity World Africa 2012

Between the 19th and the 21st March I attended the Private Equity World Africa 2012 conference at One Whitehall Place in London. I was amazed at the turn out to the event. The room that the conference was held in was packed and only five years ago it would not have been viable to arrange… Continue reading Private Equity World Africa 2012