Captain: Martin Egan, BNP Paribas
Since joining BNP Paribas in June 2001 as global head of investment grade syndicate, Martin Egan?s role has expanded to include securitisation, high yield and emerging markets.
Egan brought to BNP Paribas valuable relationships with issuers such as Freddie Mac, Toyota Motor Credit Corp, GMAC and KfW that he had built up during his 8-1/2 year stay at Credit Suisse First Boston.
His brief when joining BNP Paribas was to get its euro business back on track and under his leadership, the bank has consolidated its franchise in the euro market, ranking number one in the corporate market, and in the top five in agencies and financials. The next focus was to expand the firms? dollar and sterling business, in which it has made progress this year.
Egan has been in the business since the age of 18 ? he is now 40 ? but still remembers the buzz he felt when sitting in JP Morgan?s trading floor in Angel Court. From that moment, he knew that he wanted a career in banking.
Egan also features in the Borrowers? Frequent Issuer Syndicate Dream Team, the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team and the Peers? Corporate Bond Syndicate Dream Team.
John Fleming, Credit Suisse First Boston
John Fleming?s biography can be found in the Peers? Frequent Issuer Syndicate Dream Team, as captain, as well in the Borrowers? Frequent Issuer Syndicate Dream Team. He is also a member of the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team.
Rob Joliffe, RBS
In July 2002, Royal Bank of Scotland fired the first shot in its capital markets expansion campaign by taking Rob Joliffe from Goldman Sachs.
After stints at Merrill and CSFB, Joliffe spent nine years in sales and syndicate, and was head of primary markets at Barclays Capital for a year before joining Goldman Sachs? Frankfurt office.
Having joined as co-head of fixed income, he became head of fixed income in Frankfurt before returning to London in 1998 as head of syndicate.
In 2001, Joliffe took over European financial institutions coverage in DCM.
He has been RBS? head of primary markets and origination since 2002.
He is a passionate Welsh rugby fan.
Derek Mills, Deutsche Bank
Mills?s biography can be found in the Peers? FIG Syndicate Dream Team, of which he is captain.
Sean Park, Dresdner KleinwortWasserstein
Sean Park began his career at CCF in Paris in 1990 as an M&A analyst but moved on to the trading floor within the year.
Park joined BNP Paribas in 1993, the syndicate desk in 1996, and moved to London in 1997 to become the firm?s European head of syndicate.
In 2000, he joined Dresdner to become the global head of debt syndicate, helping to rebuild the firm into what it is today.
He was a driver in bringing technology to the industry as one of the first to use an electronic bookbuilding system, the assumed standard today.
Park loves skiing and has begun teaching his children the art. His wife recently gave birth to their third child.
Hope Pascucci, Deutsche Bank
Pascucci?s biography can be found in the Peers? European Bond Origination Dream Team, of which she is captain, and in the Peers? Global Bond Origination Dream Team.
Paul Richards, Merrill Lynch
With the exception of a year at Goldman Sachs, Paul Richards is a Merrill Lynch lifer. He started work there in 1986 in the back office and today he is global head of debt syndicate based in London. Merrill Lynch has regained its status as a major player in the debt business having established footprints in the corporate, FIG and supranational, sovereign and agency businesses.
Merrill?s appointment as global co-ordinator on the Network Rail £6bn-£7bn financing is a highpoint of 2004 for Richards, but the firm?s grip on the bank capital market and continued success in the supra/sovereign/agency market, is equally satisfying. He can also be found in the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team, of which he is captain.
Michael Ridley, JP Morgan
Michael Ridley has spent much of his 25 year career in capital markets and syndicate. He started out in 1978 for the Republic National Bank of Dallas, spending seven years at the firm, five of those in Dallas. He held a variety of senior positions at Westpac, culminating in his role as head of syndicate and trading.
From 1992 to 1998, Ridley worked in capital markets and then frequent borrowers/syndicate for Salomon Brothers. He had a brief stint in emerging markets and high yield, and then joined Chase.
After the merger in 2000, he became co-head of capital markets, then head of syndicate in 2002. Married to fellow banker Elif Soydas (qv), Ridley has three children.
Geert Vinken, Barclays Capital
Vinken?s biography can be found in the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team.
Paul White, ABN Amro
Paul White, co-head of ABN Amro?s global syndicate, began his career aged 16 as a back office clerk at Morgan Grenfell.
He spent two years at Crédit Lyonnas as a Gilt and Eurosterling trader, joining Japanese bank IBJ in London at 19.
He stayed at IBJ for six years, moving to ABN Amro in Amsterdam in 1996. He returned to London after six months to work on the syndicate desk.
White is an avid Chelsea football club fan, racehorse owner and father of baby son Samuel Thomas.
White is also a member of the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team and the Peers? Frequent Borrower Syndicate Dream Team.
Paul Young, Citigroup
Young?s biography can be found in the Peers? Global Bond Syndicate Dream Team.