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.

  • By Taipan
  • 14 Sep 2017
Email a colleague
Request a PDF

My least favourite part of the job was the endless conference calls. But with time and experience, I had made peace with it, finding the mute function on the phone my best friend.

For example, when I had late evening calls being led by someone else, I could be found at the pub with my mobile on mute. That tactic has caught on now with even some of the more junior analysts, who are brave enough to dial in and then get on with their lives.

But sometimes things can go really badly, as a young chap I know found recently. This guy had been chained to his seat all day, slaving away to put the finishing touches on an important pitch. So much so that, come the time of the 15-people conference call — hosting his entire team, his boss, his boss’s boss as well as the client — the guy found himself desperate for a toilet break.

Being green, he was petrified to put his headset down and go do his business, for fear of being put on the spot for a life-or-death comment.

So instead, he took the headset with him, but ended up making a rookie mistake — of not checking his phone was on mute.

The poor guy broadcast his men’s room experience to everyone on the call. But while the client was nice enough not to comment, the team was sent a notice from the top a few days later — banning headsets from leaving employees’ seats. 

  • By Taipan
  • 14 Sep 2017

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 28.62
2 CITIC Securities 21.06
3 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.72
4 China Merchants Bank Co 9.18
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 7.56

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 16,398.71 87 6.20%
2 UBS 14,468.05 89 5.47%
3 Morgan Stanley 12,696.27 63 4.80%
4 Goldman Sachs 11,964.67 61 4.53%
5 China International Capital Corp Ltd 11,605.84 57 4.39%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 35,355.30 248 7.98%
2 Citi 34,549.67 198 7.80%
3 JPMorgan 26,213.80 145 5.92%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 21,812.93 113 4.92%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 18,550.38 140 4.19%

Asian polls & awards