• ’Tis the season for forced jollity

    As winter creeps up on us, it is time to celebrate that cherished time of year when people come together in a spirit of love, fraternity, and violent rivalry. Yes, it is awards season.

    • 19 Oct 2017
  • Celebrating a bond before closing it

    There is little that can affect a veteran bond banker more than experiencing the joy of a debut issuer. Whether they’re happy with the funding costs, impressed by the deal size, or just basking in surprise that no-one took a closer look at their accounts, new issuers often bring a child-like innocence to the debt markets. Sometimes, however, they go too far.

    • 12 Oct 2017
  • The value of a well-timed tantrum

    The worst nightmare for bankers is an absurdly demanding client. But throw in a teenage tantrum and things go from bad to worse.

    • 28 Sep 2017
  • Working hard or hardly working?

    The banker lifestyle back in my day, and even now, is one of late nights and early mornings. I’m sceptical of any banker who I meet at the pub on a Friday night who isn’t bleary eyed from lack of sleep during the week. But long hours in the office don’t always mean a productive time at work.

    • 21 Sep 2017
  • When work gets in the way of toilet breaks

    Being a senior banker means a lot of boozy client lunches and non-stop travel in business class. But of course, before climbing up the banking ladder, we all have to go through the grind.

    • 14 Sep 2017
  • Giving Macau a helping hand

    Macau recently saw one of its worst typhoons in years. Being the charitable man that I am, I came up with a brilliant idea to stimulate the region’s economy and offset the storm’s devastating effects.

    • 07 Sep 2017
  • Gifts from a true banker

    Investment bankers are terribly ostentatious. Even in my retirement, I like new, shiny and expensive things, and luckily I have a deep enough wallet to afford them.

    • 31 Aug 2017
  • In a typhoon, the key is to look busy

    When a typhoon hit Hong Kong this week, junior bankers across the city scrambled to look frantically busy from the comfort of their sofas.

    • 24 Aug 2017
  • Leaving on a jet plane

    Ask bankers about what most irks them in the industry today and it won't be long before they utter the word "compliance". Whenever I hear such complaints I like to trot out the following story from a very different time.

    • 17 Aug 2017
  • Getting them while they’re young

    I’m often surprised at the lengths to which banks will go these days to hire newbies.

    • 10 Aug 2017

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 28.15
2 CITIC Securities 21.52
3 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.93
4 China Merchants Bank Co 9.38
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 7.73

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 11,427.98 67 5.85%
2 Goldman Sachs 9,298.39 45 4.76%
3 UBS 9,294.44 70 4.76%
4 China Securities Co Ltd 9,276.15 41 4.75%
5 China International Capital Corp Ltd 9,131.08 44 4.68%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 28,421.28 190 8.22%
2 Citi 25,455.77 157 7.36%
3 JPMorgan 21,282.04 124 6.15%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 18,072.67 94 5.23%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 14,573.61 109 4.21%

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