• Company often loves misery

    The world of banking can be rather funny, as my friend recently found out when faced with an unusual situation. After months of fruitless efforts, he finally had a big loan on his hands but had no way to show it off without coming off as insensitive.

    • 23 Feb 2017
  • One banker’s treasure is another’s trash

    We bankers love to whinge about our bonuses, or what we see as a lack thereof. But when a young friend of mine told me he felt sorry for some chaps at banks that weren’t getting any bonuses this year, I couldn’t help but laugh.

    • 16 Feb 2017
  • When poker lands you in hot water

    An old chum of mine decided to host a round of poker for his banker colleagues in his apartment last week, deciding to ring in the New Year with a spot of gambling.

    • 09 Feb 2017
  • An idle mind is the perfect workshop

    One thing my contemporaries in banking can never be accused of is lacking optimism. And sometimes, the tactics they deploy to stay positive amid dwindling deal flow surprises even me.

    • 26 Jan 2017
  • Milk of human kindness

    Banks these days go to great lengths to support new mothers, doing everything from extending vacation time to shaming managers who fire pregnant employees.

    • 19 Jan 2017
  • Always look on the bright side

    In these dark days for banking, everyone is constantly looking out for a silver lining.

    • 12 Jan 2017
  • Ringing in the New Year on mute

    I think the French got it right when they recently decided that employees should be able to ignore work emails after hours.

    • 05 Jan 2017
  • Three cheers for a New Year

    When I was younger, I had many aspirations to establish myself as a worldly gentleman. By retirement, I thought I had accomplished them all. But a recent night out showed me I’m not quite there yet.

    • 15 Dec 2016
  • Going on a bender? Not a problem

    It’s well known that bankers can be a boozy lot, be it when they are schmoozing clients or when simply letting off steam after pulling an all-nighter. But fund managers are no better, if one friend’s firm is anything to go by — it almost seems to encourage such behaviour.

    • 08 Dec 2016
  • Swipe right to invest, or left to ignore

    I’ve long been suspicious of how much time bankers these days spend on their phones, but I’ve always given them the benefit of the doubt. It’s a 24-seven world now, after all. But a recent episode made me think I may have given bankers too much credit.

    • 01 Dec 2016

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 18.01
2 Everbright Securities 16.95
3 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 10.59
4 HSBC 6.99
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 6.36

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 22 Feb 2017
1 China International Capital Corp Ltd 3,764.17 7 11.54%
2 CITIC Securities 2,885.95 10 8.84%
3 Haitong Securities Ltd 2,766.73 16 8.48%
4 Goldman Sachs 2,591.61 5 7.94%
5 China Securities Co Ltd 2,120.55 13 6.50%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 22 Feb 2017
1 HSBC 5,558.78 30 9.86%
2 Citi 5,005.39 21 8.88%
3 JPMorgan 4,564.51 23 8.09%
4 Morgan Stanley 4,198.24 15 7.44%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 3,028.46 14 5.37%

Asian polls & awards

  • Photos of the GlobalCapital Asia New Year Drinks and Awards Reception

    GlobalCapital Asia held a New Year drinks and awards reception at Le Bistro Winebeast in Hong Kong on February 15, 2017. Below is a selection of the best photos from the night. Our thanks to all who attended.

  • 2016 Best Country Deals: Results

    GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney are pleased to announce the results of our Best Country Deals, recognising the standout transactions in Asia. Our thanks to everybody who took time to pitch.

  • 2016 China Deals and Investment Bank of the Year: Results

    GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney are pleased to announce the results of our annual awards, recognising the best banks and transactions in China. Thanks to everyone who took time to pitch and our congratulations to the winners.

  • 2016 Australia Deals and Investment Bank of the Year: Results

    GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney are pleased to announce the results of our annual awards, recognising the best banks and transactions in Australia. Our thanks to everybody who took time to pitch.

  • Asiamoney Best Brands in Finance Poll

    Asiamoney is delighted to announce the launch of the Asiamoney Best Brands in Finance Poll. We want to hear what you, our readers, think makes a top brand among financial market participants in Asia-Pacific — and which companies have the very strongest brands in the markets you know best.