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  • 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
  • When you miss the forest for the trees

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I met with an old pal down at the American Bar this week for some mulled wine and holiday cheer.

    • 24 Nov 2016
  • Bankers tell the truth? That’s a likely story

    Trump, Brexit, giant sinkholes in Japan – there’s plenty happening in the world to make this year a tough one for anyone, including bankers. Clients, for their part, are taking the opportunity to squeeze every penny out of the banks that come knocking. But bankers are finding ways to make the most of a bad situation.

    • 17 Nov 2016
  • Putting my money where my mouth is

    I was a risk taker, back in the day, always on the lookout for money-making ventures. Now that I am retired, I am more conservative, but I made a big blunder on Tuesday after imbibing a Scotch or two at Captain’s Bar.

    • 10 Nov 2016
  • With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    A man of my intelligence really ought to have known better. I should have trusted my instincts when an acquaintance I hadn't heard from in years invited me, out of the blue, to a news conference his company was holding in the Island Shangri-La hotel last week.

    • 03 Nov 2016
  • Banking: not as easy as ABC

    It doesn’t surprise me anymore the extent to which standards at banks have fallen. I still remember an incident from earlier this year when I was invited to a Swiss private bank for tea, only to be served cheap supermarket grade tea in shabby looking cups.

    • 27 Oct 2016
  • Saudi Arabia ain’t got nothing on me

    I’ve always considered myself a gent of superior taste and class. While I’m not averse to hanging out with the hoi polloi, I think it is no exaggeration to say that I’m considered one of Hong Kong’s respected elder statesmen.

    • 20 Oct 2016
  • Let the chips fall where they may

    September has been my favourite month this year, as I managed to enjoy some peace and quiet at Captain’s Bar, thanks to all the young’uns working like mad to push out deals. And when I say young, I mean some are really, unbelievably, young — at least judging by their looks.

    • 12 Oct 2016
  • It’s as good as it gets in New York

    One of the perks of working for a global bank is the possibility of a transfer to an office in a different country. A friend of mine recently had the good fortune, so it seemed, to move to the US. But alas, events conspired against him.

    • 06 Oct 2016
  • Lives of the rich and famous

    What I would not give to be one of those guys who has a helicopter at his beck and call, a limousine and a personal assistant whose sole responsibility is to make life easy and organised.

    • 29 Sep 2016

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 23 Jan 2017
1 Citi 35,941.13 111 8.93%
2 Barclays 31,588.47 86 7.85%
3 JPMorgan 27,799.55 107 6.91%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 27,706.86 75 6.88%
5 HSBC 21,949.38 82 5.45%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Commerzbank Group 114.00 1 66.16%
2 CaixaBank 37.05 1 21.50%
3 UniCredit 10.62 1 6.17%
3 BNP Paribas 10.62 1 6.17%
Subtotal 172.30 3 100.00%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 17 Jan 2017
1 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 770.06 2 16.80%
2 Goldman Sachs 656.16 2 14.32%
3 JPMorgan 527.28 4 11.50%
4 Emirates NBD PJSC 408.38 1 8.91%
5 Deutsche Bank 321.53 3 7.01%