Balance Sheet Battles Brains

Balance Sheet Battles Brains

Europe

by Dan Shirai and James CrombieThe collapse of Bear Stearns heralds a thorough shakeup of the global investment banking industry, which will have to retrench and refocus to survive. A beneficiary of this process is LatAm, through a rush to develop meaningful presence in key growth markets. However, pure investment banks must rethink their approach to emerging markets if they are going to beat commercial bank competition – both local and international – which has formidable balance sheet and longstanding relationships with the rising corporate second tier. The investment banks are caught in a dilemma of maintaining profitability through sticking to a niche while also doing sufficien

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