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  • RBC looks for another lift after 10 year build

    RBC looks for another lift after 10 year build

    RBC Capital Markets’ expansion in European investment banking came in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. A decade on, the coronavirus pandemic has presented it with a very different set of challenges.

  • HSBC wants to take mid-market push beyond UK

    HSBC wants to take mid-market push beyond UK

    HSBC might be in the middle of a big restructuring, but that isn’t stopping plans to develop mid-market M&A efforts in France, Germany and Asia as well as the UK, writes David Rothnie. The bank has also bolstered its teams covering specific sectors.

  • Okuda starts efficiency drive at Nomura

    Okuda starts efficiency drive at Nomura

    Nomura has cut jobs in its investment banking business in Europe over the summer, following losses in leveraged finance, as its new chief executive eyes up other regions for growth, writes David Rothnie.

  • What’s next for Société Générale and Natixis?

    What’s next for Société Générale and Natixis?

    Société Générale and Natixis have purged their senior ranks following second-quarter losses and to prepare for strategic revamps, but David Rothnie thinks the future will remain challenging for both.

  • Boutique wheel of fortune spins into another crisis

    Boutique wheel of fortune spins into another crisis

    Independent firms were the big winners of the 2008 financial meltdown. But they will find the Covid-19 crisis tougher to navigate, as they grapple with a unique set of challenges, writes David Rothnie.

  • Boekhout lays out corporate client strategy at Commerz

    Boekhout lays out corporate client strategy at Commerz

    The double whammy of coronavirus and a crisis at the top of the bank makes the most testing of times for the new head of Commerzbank’s corporate clients division to make his mark. But Roland Boekhout has a broad vision for the firm’s corporate and investment bank and ideas for how to implement it, writes David Rothnie.

  • HSBC looks to crack ECM conundrum

    HSBC looks to crack ECM conundrum

    HSBC’s global head of equity capital markets is under no illusions about the challenges the bank faces, but says HSBC’s restructuring is not one of them. David Rothnie reports.

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