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  • 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
  • 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

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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
  • 14 Mar 2017
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 10,650.87 23 11.13%
2 Deutsche Bank 8,169.49 17 8.53%
3 HSBC 6,243.46 23 6.52%
4 Citi 4,355.35 13 4.55%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 4,273.37 17 4.46%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 21 Mar 2017
1 JPMorgan 5,440.56 17 10.74%
2 Deutsche Bank 4,468.97 23 8.82%
3 UBS 3,742.72 17 7.39%
4 Citi 3,393.89 23 6.70%
5 Goldman Sachs 3,360.93 18 6.63%