• The elephants’ graveyard

    Thirty-first of December was not only the last day of a decidedly subdued year, but also the deadline by which Credit Suisse bankers in London were allegedly asked to return the mobile phones issued to them by their employer. This is only the latest nail in the coffin of a profession once seen more as a lifestyle, but which has now become (almost) like any other, writes our columnist Clawback.

    • 04 Jan 2017
  • He who pays the piper calls the tune

    Or so the saying goes. Not in China, it seems. Breaking the news that a bulge bracket firm in Hong Kong is suing a Chinese SOE client for non-payment of fees, our columnist Clawback says doing business in China is now little more than a league table exercise.

    • 08 Dec 2016
  • Sometimes it’s hard to be a sponsor

    Hong Kong’s IPO sponsors are in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons as Standard Chartered and UBS face investigations by the city’s regulator. As a former IPO banker and joint author of the study manual for sponsors, our columnist Clawback is perfectly placed to delve into the pitfalls for banks.

    • 02 Nov 2016
  • The juggernaut

    The speed at which Chinese financial firms have made a significant dent in the investment banking profits of bulge bracket banks has even surprised Clawback.

    • 04 Oct 2016
  • Cornerstone summer party

    Clawback turns his focus to cornerstones. Once a useful tool for creating demand, the process has morphed into a kind of insurance policy for IPOs, writes Philippe Espinasse.

    • 06 Sep 2016
  • Doing away with Hong Kong’s free float rule

    This month, a recent announcement by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) in relation to one of its listing rules caught the attention of columnist Philippe Espinasse, who has put the regulation under the microscope.

    • 03 Aug 2016
  • Small steps on a long journey

    Just a few weeks apart, announcements were recently made by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX) and Singapore’s SGX respectively about changes to front line regulatory functions they perform. The approaches under these proposals couldn’t have been more different, writes Philippe Espinasse.

    • 20 Jul 2016
  • DKYC – Don’t Know Your Customer

    Part science, part art, part mystery: our columnist takes a closer look at the process of allocating deals to investors.

    • 13 Jun 2016
  • From the Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom

    As the $100bn-plus IPO of Saudi Aramco nears its launch, the UK’s Telegraph has most recently hinted at a three-way foreign listing, conducted across London, New York and Hong Kong. Columnist Philippe Espinasse looks at the practicalities and advantages (as well as disadvantages) for the oil behemoth of listing in Asia.

    • 10 May 2016
  • Pay for play in the PRC

    Having left investment banking a while ago, I’m baffled by the increasingly arcane and complex rules that now plague the business — the Chinese Mainland being a particular case in point, writes Philippe Espinasse.

    • 11 Apr 2016

Clawback archive


Former ECM banker Philippe Espinasse dissects Asia's equity capital markets




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
  • 18 Jan 2017
1 Haitong Securities Ltd 1,602.34 9 13.94%
2 CITIC Securities 1,474.17 4 12.82%
3 China Securities Co Ltd 1,440.03 7 12.53%
4 Bank of China 1,188.86 5 10.34%
5 Guotai Junan Securities Co Ltd 689.79 3 6.00%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Jan 2017
1 Citi 2,440.79 8 6.09%
2 HSBC 1,887.35 9 4.71%
3 JPMorgan 1,754.71 7 4.38%
4 Goldman Sachs 1,692.30 4 4.22%
5 Morgan Stanley 1,418.69 3 3.54%

Asian polls & awards

  • China Private Banking Awards 2017

    China’s private banking industry is growing in leaps and bounds. High- and ultra-high-net-worth mainland customers are increasingly mobile, demanding best-in-class service from their financial providers. Banks are adapting to the changing world, rolling out innovative and sophisticated services to their high-end clientele. In recognition of China’s advances in the field, Asiamoney is proud to announce the winners of its awards for best mainland private banks for 2016.

  • Corporate Governance Poll 2016: Time to get serious

    Asia has taken its time in improving corporate governance standards, with experts agreeing on the need for broader action. But Taiwan and Hong Kong firms seem to be moving in the right direction, as shown in the results of this year's Asiamoney Corporate Governance poll. Paolo Danese reports.

  • Best Managed Company Awards 2016: Asia’s finest stand out

    Asiamoney is pleased to present its choices for Asia’s Best Managed Companies in 2016. In a year marked by political and economic upheaval, the region’s best firms and executives impressed on through a combination of factors including financial performance, innovation and strategic execution.

  • Brokers Poll 2016: The right call

    Analysts in Asia are used to dealing with dynamic and unpredictable markets but the events of this year provided a real test of mettle. Against a backdrop of global political upheaval and worsening economic outlook at home, the winners of Asiamoney’s 2016 Brokers Poll have proved they have what it takes to impress their clients.

  • Brokers Poll 2016: HSBC and CLSA take the crown as Asia’s best

    Asia’s brokerages have needed to stay nimble in the face of volatile markets and changing regulation that has tested their industry. HSBC and CLSA are well placed to meet the challenge after coming out top in the Asiamoney Brokers Poll. Peter McGill reports.