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  • Celebrating a bond before closing it

    There is little that can affect a veteran bond banker more than experiencing the joy of a debut issuer. Whether they’re happy with the funding costs, impressed by the deal size, or just basking in surprise that no-one took a closer look at their accounts, new issuers often bring a child-like innocence to the debt markets. Sometimes, however, they go too far.

    • 12 Oct 2017
  • The value of a well-timed tantrum

    The worst nightmare for bankers is an absurdly demanding client. But throw in a teenage tantrum and things go from bad to worse.

    • 28 Sep 2017
  • Working hard or hardly working?

    The banker lifestyle back in my day, and even now, is one of late nights and early mornings. I’m sceptical of any banker who I meet at the pub on a Friday night who isn’t bleary eyed from lack of sleep during the week. But long hours in the office don’t always mean a productive time at work.

    • 21 Sep 2017
  • When work gets in the way of toilet breaks

    Being a senior banker means a lot of boozy client lunches and non-stop travel in business class. But of course, before climbing up the banking ladder, we all have to go through the grind.

    • 14 Sep 2017
  • Giving Macau a helping hand

    Macau recently saw one of its worst typhoons in years. Being the charitable man that I am, I came up with a brilliant idea to stimulate the region’s economy and offset the storm’s devastating effects.

    • 07 Sep 2017
  • Gifts from a true banker

    Investment bankers are terribly ostentatious. Even in my retirement, I like new, shiny and expensive things, and luckily I have a deep enough wallet to afford them.

    • 31 Aug 2017
  • In a typhoon, the key is to look busy

    When a typhoon hit Hong Kong this week, junior bankers across the city scrambled to look frantically busy from the comfort of their sofas.

    • 24 Aug 2017
  • Leaving on a jet plane

    Ask bankers about what most irks them in the industry today and it won't be long before they utter the word "compliance". Whenever I hear such complaints I like to trot out the following story from a very different time.

    • 17 Aug 2017
  • Getting them while they’re young

    I’m often surprised at the lengths to which banks will go these days to hire newbies.

    • 10 Aug 2017
  • An unplanned pregnancy is sobering

    It’s just too bad that not everyone has the social smarts and wherewithal of a well-educated person like me. Because, as I heard on my latest visit to Captain’s Bar, one unfortunate friend recently suffered a social flub which left her speechless.

    • 03 Aug 2017
  • Time for a dog gone weekend

    Weekends are when we all get a chance to let loose. Dinner parties, bleary-eyed catch-ups, long Sunday lunches with fellow old hands. But the younger generation appear to be taking a rather more sedate approach to their time off work.

    • 27 Jul 2017
  • Halcyon days: diary of an angry liver

    The week started as they all do, with promises to exercise, to live healthily, to consume at least one vegetable that isn’t deep-fried. But although I awoke Monday with the will of Apollo, I soon found myself overwhelmed by Bacchus.

    • 20 Jul 2017
  • When work becomes play

    As the mythical summer lull approaches the Asian market, bankers are naturally planning their getaways. But for a lucky few, workdays can often look like holidays in all but name.

    • 13 Jul 2017
  • A game of hide and seek in the office

    There is no better time than the summer to take a trip down memory lane and revisit old haunts in London, especially as it provides the perfect backdrop for catching up with friends over a few drinks.

    • 06 Jul 2017
  • Keep friends close, bankers closer

    The Asia expat world is small, and in Hong Kong it is even smaller. Small enough that you often bump into someone you know at the supermarket. So it is not surprising that often people just want to enjoy some anonymity.

    • 29 Jun 2017

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 352,540.12 1323 9.09%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 315,574.44 1093 8.13%
3 JPMorgan 314,826.88 1433 8.11%
4 Goldman Sachs 234,193.07 776 6.04%
5 Barclays 226,473.92 879 5.84%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 34,312.86 161 6.59%
2 Deutsche Bank 34,194.98 116 6.57%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 31,113.25 94 5.98%
4 BNP Paribas 27,479.75 167 5.28%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 23,982.83 136 4.61%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 19,536.02 78 8.91%
2 Morgan Stanley 16,323.54 83 7.44%
3 Citi 15,667.80 92 7.14%
4 UBS 15,208.47 58 6.94%
5 Goldman Sachs 13,487.36 72 6.15%