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  • No fighting the rumours

    Bankers are a gossipy bunch. Whether it is a stock tip or a juicy titbit about a rival banker, we love to wallow in all the information.

    • 18 May 2017
  • Banking and good karma

    It is not uncommon to see bank bosses show their nasty side if their subordinates suddenly decide to leave.

    • 11 May 2017
  • Banking in fifty shades of grey

    I remember the days when deal pitch books were hard work but simple. We spent our time slaving away on the preparation, focusing purely on the substance of our message. But technology has ruined bankers now, making them far too reliant on the appearance of their perfectly crafted presentation slides.

    • 27 Apr 2017
  • When work takes your breath away

    I can’t deny that investment banking is a young man’s game. The long hours, late nights and hard partying will knock out anyone not in the prime of their lives. But even the young bucks can struggle when tackling some banking challenges.

    • 20 Apr 2017
  • Sevens revelry is just the job

    The annual Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament is infamous for being the city's premier weekend of debauchery. Drinks flow and tongues wag, but the matches and related events also offer great opportunities to see and be seen.

    • 12 Apr 2017
  • Point the way to a perfect pitch

    As we bankers know, issuers in Asia can be a strange lot. But my friends' recent run-in with one particular family-owned business in southeast Asia had me in stitches.

    • 06 Apr 2017
  • Some udder nonsense

    Tightening bank budgets may mean cutting back on business trips, but sometimes making those trips is the only way to get the full picture.

    • 30 Mar 2017
  • The importance of a few zeros

    Trading a currency on screen, day in and day out, is not the same as understanding it in real life, as one forex banker just found out to his cost in Tokyo.

    • 23 Mar 2017
  • How to play it cool when the heat's on

    Hong Kong’s expat bankers have perfected the art of a post-party client meeting. And they are now showing the rest of the world how, as a young friend of mine just proved on a business trip to Sydney.

    • 16 Mar 2017
  • Playing hooky has its pitfalls

    I am a man of simple pleasures these days, happy to sit in my local with a pint of ale watching football — or if I’m catching up with some chums, a glass of whisky.

    • 09 Mar 2017
  • A very costly language barrier

    Crime doesn’t pay — this mantra ought to be drilled into the minds of bankers by now. But as I found to my amusement this week, loose morals in finance are far from a thing of the past.

    • 02 Mar 2017
  • 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

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 13 Mar 2017
1 JPMorgan 94,925.33 384 8.39%
2 Citi 87,531.58 331 7.74%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 84,341.49 288 7.46%
4 Barclays 75,288.19 241 6.66%
5 Goldman Sachs 68,504.71 208 6.06%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 16 May 2017
1 Deutsche Bank 19,381.65 47 8.82%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 18,968.25 36 8.63%
3 HSBC 18,103.95 50 8.24%
4 BNP Paribas 8,911.57 55 4.05%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 8,885.00 54 4.04%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 16 May 2017
1 JPMorgan 8,369.56 33 8.53%
2 UBS 8,282.28 33 8.44%
3 Citi 6,605.58 44 6.74%
4 Goldman Sachs 6,444.85 31 6.57%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,215.31 24 6.34%