• A muted approach to meetings

    The end of the year awards season can be tense for everyone. It's hard to enjoy the lengthy meetings, endless pitches and repeat questions about the same deals over and over. So if a banker can take the meetings a little less seriously, it makes for a very refreshing change.

    • 07 Dec 2017
  • 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.

    • 30 Nov 2017
  • When the client really is king

    China's big-shot technology companies rule the world, as Tencent made clear when it broke through the $500bn valuation mark this week. But more importantly, these firms aren’t afraid to let their bankers know it.

    • 23 Nov 2017
  • Moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips

    I spend a lot of my time bemoaning how hard bankers have it today, as shrinking bonus pools and ever-increasing compliance chip away at the joys of investment banking. But every once in a while, a friend will show me that it can still provide some perks.

    • 16 Nov 2017
  • When a midnight run pays off

    Asia's banking landscape is more competitive than ever, with firms fighting for the smallest of scraps from clients. Companies too are taking full advantage, unashamedly making bankers jump through hoops to do their bidding.

    • 09 Nov 2017
  • Beware! Bond sprees cause confusion

    Busy seasons get the best of all of us. The sleep deprivation, the late nights of mixing caffeine and booze, and the camaraderie we bankers feel working to exhaustion as part of a team is something I dearly miss.

    • 02 Nov 2017
  • Dulce et decorum est pro patria party

    Investment bankers like to brag how they work for their clients, but what my decades of experience in the industry have taught me is that they, just like every other human being, actually work for themselves.

    • 26 Oct 2017
  • ’Tis the season for forced jollity

    As winter creeps up on us, it is time to celebrate that cherished time of year when people come together in a spirit of love, fraternity, and violent rivalry. Yes, it is awards season.

    • 19 Oct 2017
  • Celebrating a bond before closing it

    There is little that can affect a veteran bond banker more than experiencing the joy of a debut issuer. Whether they’re happy with the funding costs, impressed by the deal size, or just basking in surprise that no-one took a closer look at their accounts, new issuers often bring a child-like innocence to the debt markets. Sometimes, however, they go too far.

    • 12 Oct 2017
  • The value of a well-timed tantrum

    The worst nightmare for bankers is an absurdly demanding client. But throw in a teenage tantrum and things go from bad to worse.

    • 28 Sep 2017

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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 %
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  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 16,270.37 85 6.32%
2 UBS 14,128.60 88 5.49%
3 Goldman Sachs 11,744.37 58 4.56%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 11,422.00 55 4.44%
5 Morgan Stanley 10,900.56 58 4.23%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 35,178.30 245 8.08%
2 Citi 34,267.00 196 7.87%
3 JPMorgan 26,001.66 142 5.97%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 21,496.54 111 4.93%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 19,923.39 139 4.57%

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