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  • 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
  • Beggars can’t be choosers

    I have often said the glamour that was once associated with banking has faded away and the recent antics of a good friend only illustrate my point.

    • 22 Sep 2016
  • Some people never change

    A few months ago a banker I know from back in the day decided to brave a category 8 typhoon for a free drink in Wan Chai. The storm had nothing on this week’s super typhoon, but it was a tad rainy.

    • 15 Sep 2016
  • It’s hard to get a break in HK

    Going for meetings in Hong Kong is stressful enough, but as I recently learned, it is not just traffic that one has to watch out for.

    • 08 Sep 2016
  • ‘Til death or a bad memory do us part

    My beloved wife Tai Tai often complains, quite unreasonably I think, about how under appreciated she feels. But a recent gaffe by an acquaintance of mine had her, for once, thanking her lucky stars that she married me back in the day when bankers actually paid some attention to their better halves.

    • 01 Sep 2016
  • When it pays to save money at any cost

    Issuers are known for a lot of things — their savviness with deals, their eccentricities and sometimes their penny pinching tendencies.

    • 25 Aug 2016
  • To do or not to do is the question

    The older I get, the more I realise that there’s absolutely no pleasing some of us — be it retired chaps like me or the young’uns still in the game.

    • 18 Aug 2016
  • When it’s better to act your age

    I’m not much for technology but one senior banker friend always stresses how important it is for us oldies to live young if we want to understand our juniors better.

    • 11 Aug 2016
  • Typhoon triumphs in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong finally saw the first big typhoon of the summer this week. Naturally it was an anti-climax like every other year, but that did not stop it disrupting the city — although some people fared better than others.

    • 04 Aug 2016
  • When access all areas is far from fun

    Call me old-fashioned, or just plain old, but I have a hard time understanding the modern obsession with phones. And I cannot help but feel sorry for those who just can’t free themselves from the shackles of technology — even when they want to.

    • 28 Jul 2016
  • No cure for summer time blues

    Ah, summer. A time for relaxation and retreats to seaside holiday resorts for some quality time with the missus.

    • 21 Jul 2016
  • Off for the summer, see you in 2050

    As someone who made his fortune in good old-fashioned banking, more and more I find that I’m losing touch with all the new-fangled technologies that keep popping up.

    • 14 Jul 2016

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 17 Oct 2016
1 JPMorgan 310,048.18 1328 8.75%
2 Citi 285,934.48 1059 8.07%
3 Barclays 258,057.88 833 7.29%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 248,459.06 911 7.01%
5 HSBC 218,245.86 884 6.16%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Oct 2016
1 JPMorgan 29,669.98 55 6.95%
2 UniCredit 28,692.62 136 6.73%
3 BNP Paribas 28,431.90 139 6.66%
4 HSBC 22,935.49 112 5.38%
5 ING 18,645.88 118 4.37%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Oct 2016
1 JPMorgan 14,593.71 79 10.38%
2 Goldman Sachs 11,713.19 63 8.33%
3 Morgan Stanley 9,435.23 48 6.71%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,019.27 40 6.41%
5 UBS 8,763.73 42 6.23%