Tis the season to be cash rich

In a fit of generosity, I’d asked a couple of broker pals over for dinner. TaiTai was fussing over the chef, who was fussing over dinner. The organic salmon we’d flown in from Scotland hadn’t arrived and the Taittinger was corked.

  • By Virginia Furness
  • 28 Feb 2014
Email a colleague
Request a PDF

With disaster impending, I decided I needed to be as far removed as possible. What could be better than a few sharpeners down at the club?

Settling down to my third whisky I noticed the place was unusually quiet. I panicked. Was there some sort of capital markets calamity I had missed? Then it dawned on me — bonus season. Ah, that is the one week when everyone in the business polishes their shoes and straightens their ties. Your boss suddenly becomes your best friend and you are the most earnest, hardest working man in the place.

As a young man I used to spend most of the year dreaming of that day — the parties, the cars, the girls (long before TaiTai, of course). And boy did I know how to have a good time. It helped that we got our bonuses in cash — none of this deferred nonsense that passes for an incentive these days. 

The Wolf of Wall Street? Bah, Leo has nothing on me, the Hound of Hong Kong.


  • By Virginia Furness
  • 28 Feb 2014

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 19.83
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.01
3 CITIC Securities 11.86
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 10.78
5 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.70

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 15,468.65 70 7.93%
2 Morgan Stanley 13,461.05 57 6.90%
3 Citi 13,241.69 81 6.79%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 10,197.61 35 5.23%
5 UBS 10,009.11 64 5.13%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 19,907.38 166 7.51%
2 Citi 19,532.86 124 7.37%
3 JPMorgan 12,894.66 75 4.87%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 12,162.96 75 4.59%
5 Goldman Sachs 10,929.25 52 4.12%

Asian polls & awards

  • GlobalRMB's best bank for securities services: Standard Chartered

    Securities services was one of the most competitive award categories GlobalRMB had to decide this year. Our awards criteria demanded the near-impossible from participating banks: to beat the competition in the fast-changing China access scheme, while at the same time demonstrating a broad client base and the ability to be at the cutting edge of innovation.

  • China DCM Best Bank Awards: ABS, CNH, G3 and Panda bonds

    In GlobalRMB's Best Bank Awards for China DCM, Standard Chartered wins for ABS and CNH, HSBC takes home the G3 Bond House Award, and Bank of China gets kudos as the Best House for Panda bond issuers.

  • Now open! GlobalCapital Asia Capital Market Awards 2018

    GlobalCapital Asia is pleased to invite pitches for our annual capital markets and investment banking awards, rewarding the most impressive transactions and investment banks of 2018.

  • SRI Award Winners 2018 revealed

    GlobalCapital announced the winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018 in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening. This year’s two sovereign debut green finance issues, from Indonesia and Belgium, won Deals of the Year in their regions, and there were double laurels for Danone, in both the bond and loan markets.

  • The results are in! GlobalRMB announces award winners

    GlobalRMB is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural awards, honouring those banks, companies and individuals that have made the biggest contribution to bridging the gap between China and the rest of the world.