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  • Your country needs you, investment bankers

    Your country needs you, investment bankers

    The 2008 financial crisis forged a generation of investment bankers well versed in advising governments — and with many having returned to banking, they are likely to be in demand again. But history suggests banks will not be earning lucrative fees, writes David Rothnie.

  • Debt advisers called up for liquidity battle

    Debt advisers called up for liquidity battle

    Firms across Europe are clamouring for crisis funding but while debt advisory bankers have joined the frontline in finding solutions some admit they may struggle to cope with the sheer scale of the challenge, writes David Rothnie.

  • Pandemic threatens M&A pipeline

    Pandemic threatens M&A pipeline

    The coronavirus will depress mergers and acquisitions activity, hurt advisory revenues and change the emphasis of deal-making in 2020, writes David Rothnie.

  • JP Morgan seeks solution for deal-making big dogs

    JP Morgan seeks solution for deal-making big dogs

    JP Morgan’s latest high-level reshuffle has put a crack team of dealmakers at the top of the firm, and opened room for new leaders to come up. But keeping senior bankers happy can be difficult, writes David Rothnie.

  • HSBC’s restructuring: is it enough though?

    HSBC’s restructuring: is it enough though?

    HSBC’s corporate finance staff have survived its restructuring largely unscathed, but the more ambitious among them will see the bank’s plans as a missed opportunity, writes David Rothnie. And with no answer yet on the identity of the next full-time CEO, the uncertainty is not over.

  • Goldman’s growth plan faces Europe test

    Goldman’s growth plan faces Europe test

    As Goldman Sachs hunts for incremental gains in its investment banking division, it need look no further than its European franchise, where it continues to trail JP Morgan, writes David Rothnie.

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