Blog Entries and Commentaries

Piyush Gupta as CEO of DBS….

The best thing that could be said about Piyush Gupta as the choice of CEO for Singapore’s DBS Bank is that they got a man who was within the range of skills and personalities they should have been looking at … Continue reading…

Running into Chuck Prince (former Citigroup…)

Peter (Hoflich, now the managing editor of The Asian Banker) and I were in Kuala Lumpur filming interviews for “The Banking Conversation”, our most recent online-video initiative, when we ran into none other than Chuck Prince, the … Continue reading…

Temasek in a teacup…

I ran into Roger Ferguson, the former vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve Banking System (Alan Greenspan’s no 2) at a conference in Beijing in recently. I had not seen him since he left Swiss Re and joined the $400billion TIAA-CREF, … Continue reading…

Postcard from Tibet

– My train trip to Tibet
– Thoughts on the future of Tibet as part of China.
Dear Mathew,
I am writing to you after the very successful completion of the 10th The Asian Banker Summit, which was held in Beijing. As you know, … Continue reading…

Bill Seidman, my friend, passed away

Lewis William Seidman, the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), set up during the US savings and loans crisis of the 1980s and the first chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation (the precursor of the textbook good-bank-bad-bank model) died … Continue reading…

Agricultural Bank of China IPO – a French partner? – and meetings with Chinese bank chairmans

One of the more satisfying opportunities in my career has been the access that I have had to some of the Big Four banks in China. My friendship with Mr Jiang Jianqing goes back to 2003 when I … Continue reading…