Bigger role seen for financial centres like Mumbai in India and Sao Paulo in Brazil

by Dave


With developed economies struggling and emerging markets thriving, more and more financial deals are being cut well away from the traditional centres.

Rising trade between emerging economies, cross-border mergers, acquisitions by Indian and Chinese companies and moves by developing world businesses to raise capital in each other’s markets will spur growth of financial centres in the fastest growing economies, according to industry experts who addressed the Reuters Emerging Markets Summit in Sao Paulo last week. For the bankers clustering in cities like Sao Paulo and Mumbai, the intra-emerging markets movement of funds represents an alluring chance to make money.

“We see flows between Africa and India, India and China, India and Korea being much bigger,” said Neeraj Swaroop, CEO of Standard Chartered’s India business. “Not just big companies but also small- and medium-sized companies are making outbound investments. For banks like Standard Chartered, these are immense opportunities to pursue.”

Stephen Jennings, CEO of Renaissance Capital, a Moscow-based investment bank, told the Reuters Summit “In our M&A practice, 80 percent of our deals don’t have a Western face. And the same thing will happen with financial flows.

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