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.

  • By Taipan
  • 30 Nov 2017
Email a colleague
Request a PDF

This chap I know is from New Zealand, a country with more sheep than people, but has spent at least two decades in Hong Kong as a banker. Recently, he became somewhat of a celebrity in his little town back home after buying a decrepit but once-grand manor.

That place doesn’t see a lot of investment though it has plenty of cultivable land. So the sum spent by my friend on the mansion was enough to earn him a spot in the local newspaper. A lifetime in banking had taught my buddy to think ahead so he had actually snapped up the property at an astonishingly good price.

But the guy had bigger ambitions. You see, he’s now retiring from banking to move back to New Zealand, to restore the house and do some organic farming.  

Now, I was never one to potter around in a garden or raise livestock, but this chap seems to have it all figured out, and is even planning on exporting his farm’s products once it’s up and running.

If his run as a banker is any indication, his venture is likely to be a money-spinner — though I’d never understand how one can live in the middle of nowhere with no quick and easy access to a fine bar. Oh well, to each his own!  

  • By Taipan
  • 30 Nov 2017

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 14.44
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 11.65
3 Bank of China (BOC) 10.33
4 CITIC Securities 8.41
5 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 7.17

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 1,075.14 2 13.79%
2 CITIC Securities 952.42 4 12.22%
3 Bank of China 754.84 3 9.68%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 721.75 3 9.26%
5 Guotai Junan Securities Co Ltd 668.93 3 8.58%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 2,199.70 15 11.32%
2 Citi 1,809.79 16 9.31%
3 JPMorgan 1,192.62 8 6.14%
4 UBS 1,022.45 9 5.26%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 1,009.43 7 5.19%

Asian polls & awards

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Investment banks

    In the fourth and final instalment of GlobalCapital Asia’s capital markets awards announcements, find out the Best Asian Investment Bank and the Best Investment Bank in the region for 2018.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Bonds

    In part three of our results announcements, we reveal the winning bond deals across a variety of categories. In addition, we also name the Best G3 Bond House, Best Local Currency Bond House, Best High Yield Bond House and the debut winner of the Best House for SRI Financing.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Equities

    In part two of our results announcements, we reveal the winning equity deals and banks, including the Best Follow-on/Accelerated Bookbuild, Best Equity-Linked Deal, Best IPO, Best ECM Deal and Best ECM House.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Loans

    GlobalCapital Asia has spent the last two months talking to banks and their clients in a bid to determine the most impressive capital markets transactions and advisers across Asia ex-Japan in 2018. We are pleased to begin our awards announcements in the loan market.

  • GlobalRMB awards: Most impressive issuers, best law firm

    In this third part of the GlobalRMB awards, we present our reasons for choosing the best issuers in the FIG, corporate and SSA categories — and praise the strong performance of one well-known foreign law firm.