All articles by Claire Hack

Claire Hack

The refrain in Spain

Despite continued economic stagnation leading to higher default rates and business contraction in some sectors, a smaller pool of competitors is allowing those lessors who remain in Spain to capitalise on continued demand, writes Claire Hack

Northern highlights – The Nordics

Claire Hack investigates the issues facing the leasing industry in Scandinavia and its neighbours in the Baltic states

Polish economy halts leasing growth

After strong growth in 2010 and 2011, the Polish leasing juggernaut found itself in the slow lane in 2012. Claire Hack talks to the industry about its hopes and fears for 2013

Safe harbour

Thanks to comparatively low national debt, low inflation and a banking sector perceived as “safe and stable”, the muscular Australian leasing industry has largely avoided fallout from the European crisis. Smaller neighbour New Zealand, however, is feeling the pain of reliance on export, Claire Hack and Grant Collinson discover.

Italy: The changing landscape

In response to the straitened conditions across Europe, leasing firms in Italy are opting for customer quality over portfolio quantity, discovers Claire Hack.

Country profile: Allez France

Claire Hack investigates the health of the French leasing market, examining the legal and economic factors influences at work and the opinions of industry insiders

Taking the bull by the horns

The bailout of Spanish banks by the eurozone countries, which has been estimated initially at 100bn but could end up totalling 300bn, will not have a direct impact on the countrys leasing industry.

Financing the giant of European leasing

As the eurozone crisis has played out in news reports across the continent, Germany has been positioned as the immutable strongman of the economic area Yet, as Leasing Life investigates the state of German leasing, we discover the economy is not without its challenges.

Benelux countries laid low

The leasing market in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg continues, like most of Europe, to suffer, at least to a certain extent, under the pall of the eurozone crisis Investment has fallen, volatility reigns, and although some leasing companies may be yet to feel the full effects of the continuing maelstrom, it has undoubtedly cast a long shadow over the industry.

Italians ready for a battle

As uncertainty continues to reign over the success of economic stimulus packages worldwide, Claire Hack talks to Sebastiano Musso, deputy general manager and head of the Italian market at UniCredit Leasing, about the impact of the macroeconomic situation on the leasing market in the country.