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  • Three is the magic number for BofA

    Three is the magic number for BofA

    Bank of America hopes that a new management team built on a culture of intensity will enable it to meet its top three goal in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, writes David Rothnie.

  • ESG aspirations go mainstream as IBs emerge from Covid

    ESG aspirations go mainstream as IBs emerge from Covid

    The Covid-19 outbreak has spurred at least one change for the better. Five banks have established dedicated ESG teams since the start of the pandemic to meet demand from clients committed to being more conscientious, writes David Rothnie.

  • BNPP’s big investment bank test lies ahead

    BNPP’s big investment bank test lies ahead

    BNP Paribas has provided €40bn of loans to corporate clients in the eye of the Covid-19 storm, amid claims that rivals are retrenching. David Rothnie asks if balance sheet support will result in bigger corporate finance fees.

  • M&A shows resilience but still far from resurgent

    A $5bn take-private of Spanish telecoms operator MasMovil is the first sign of the return of M&A deal-making. But as bankers work frantically behind the scenes to rebuild the market, the big, integrated houses look set to dominate, writes David Rothnie.

  • Citi flashes European credentials in Covid-19 crisis

    Citi flashes European credentials in Covid-19 crisis

    Citigroup is determined to emerge as a winner from the Covid-19 crisis and conquer the summit of global investment banking, in the face of any pull to concentrate more on home markets, writes David Rothnie.

  • Deutsche regains Germany crown in time of crisis

    Deutsche regains Germany crown in time of crisis

    Deutsche Bank has regained its number one spot in its home market, but it was its traditional investment banking business that shone rather than investments made as part of the firm’s new Germany-focused strategy, writes David Rothnie.

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