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IPO sponsor fees hit new low as rivalry escalates

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Equity capital market participants were stunned this week when a US bank, thought to be Morgan Stanley, offered to charge nothing to be a sponsor of China Tower’s $10bn Hong Kong IPO — a highly unusual move even by the city’s ultra-competitive standards. But the aggression was not unique, as most banks asked for token fees in the hope of winning the mandate.

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