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  • Getting your hands dirty is for the young

    I’ve been lucky to spend the years after my retirement never too far from my local, swilling drinks at Captain’s Bar with some good company. But the new crop of bankers retiring these days doesn’t seem content becoming a Hong Kong relic.

    • 30 Nov 2017
  • When the client really is king

    China's big-shot technology companies rule the world, as Tencent made clear when it broke through the $500bn valuation mark this week. But more importantly, these firms aren’t afraid to let their bankers know it.

    • 23 Nov 2017
  • Moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips

    I spend a lot of my time bemoaning how hard bankers have it today, as shrinking bonus pools and ever-increasing compliance chip away at the joys of investment banking. But every once in a while, a friend will show me that it can still provide some perks.

    • 16 Nov 2017
  • When a midnight run pays off

    Asia's banking landscape is more competitive than ever, with firms fighting for the smallest of scraps from clients. Companies too are taking full advantage, unashamedly making bankers jump through hoops to do their bidding.

    • 09 Nov 2017
  • Beware! Bond sprees cause confusion

    Busy seasons get the best of all of us. The sleep deprivation, the late nights of mixing caffeine and booze, and the camaraderie we bankers feel working to exhaustion as part of a team is something I dearly miss.

    • 02 Nov 2017