M&A Peeping over the parapet - After a decade of stagnation, Japan's companies have a window of opportunity to start acquiring internationally if they want to avoid falling into obscurity.
Deals of the year - Asia - Nissan's pioneering acquisition of 50% of China's third-largest automobile manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, is the first western-style acquisition in China.
Middle East - National Bank of Kuwait advances through technology. Samba gets ready for regional expansion. Lebanon's banks continue to struggle.