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By James Crayton, Gwendoline Davies To survive – even thrive – in uncertain times and in a challenging market, retailers need to be open-minded to opportunities for improving efficiency and targeting growth. One option that many high street names are choosing in the current market is the joint venture. Retail joint ventures – practical considerations […]

Debt capital markets 2019

By David Lopez, Adam E Fleisher, Julian Cardona 1. What types of debt securities offerings are typical, and how active is the market? The most common debt securities offerings in the Portuguese market consist of bonds, notes, covered bonds, commercial paper and certificates of deposit. In general, debt securities in Portugal are issued by corporates […]

Busy lenders’ round-up – April 2019

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