• Hong Kong ECM: apply Sod’s law

    Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse says the latest proposals by Hong Kong’s Law Society could spell bad news for international securities lawyers in the city.

    • 31 Oct 2018
  • Kill or cure

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is looking to boost governance of listed companies through a new proposal, but is this in the best interest of shareholders? Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse has his say.

    • 04 Oct 2018
  • Licence? What licence?

    In the latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse turns his focus to hiring practices in the region's equity capital markets.

    • 04 Sep 2018
  • IPOs — swipe left

    As Asian exchanges increasingly embrace the US model for new listings — the introduction of variable voting rights being a case in point — disintermediated IPOs may perhaps soon be the next fad, writes Clawback.

    • 02 Aug 2018
  • The end of cornerstones?

    Cornerstone investors used to be the trusted, fail-safe, mechanism that ensured the success of Hong Kong IPOs. Not anymore, writes Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse.

    • 05 Jul 2018
  • Crazy rich Asian (primary markets)

    For all the talk of a deluge of tech IPOs soon hitting the Asian (and especially Hong Kong) markets, the performance of new listings and investor appetite there both remain decidedly subdued, writes Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse.

    • 11 Jun 2018
  • Suit yourself no more

    In his latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse takes a closer look at the Hong Kong bourse’s guidelines on the suitability of IPO candidates.

    • 03 May 2018
  • The joke is on you

    As the introduction of weighted voting rights (WVR) and pre-revenue companies’ listings get nearer in Hong Kong, Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse sees an opportune time for a quick take on the types of companies that the exchange — which is probably the most volatile of the world’s major primary markets — readily allows.

    • 03 Apr 2018
  • Biotech chapter unlikely to float cornerstones’ boat

    In the new Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse analyses the impact of Hong Kong’s new rules around cornerstone investors in biotechnology companies.

    • 06 Mar 2018
  • The price is (not always) right

    In the latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse takes a closer look at two new IPO guidance letters released by the Hong Kong bourse.

    • 05 Feb 2018

Clawback archive


Former ECM banker Philippe Espinasse dissects Asia's equity capital markets




Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 16.70
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.38
3 CITIC Securities 10.44
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 9.08
5 China CITIC Bank Corp 8.17

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 16,522.26 78 7.52%
2 Morgan Stanley 14,160.31 66 6.45%
3 Citi 14,074.12 91 6.41%
4 UBS 12,552.50 77 5.72%
5 China International Capital Corp Ltd 11,025.08 44 5.02%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 22,776.11 197 7.46%
2 Citi 22,317.38 148 7.31%
3 JPMorgan 14,738.77 90 4.83%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,099.48 83 4.29%
5 BNP Paribas 11,893.43 89 3.90%

Asian polls & awards

  • 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.

  • GlobalRMB awards: Person of the year, most impressive innovation

    In the final article on our GlobalRMB awards, we talk about the key innovation of the year and highlight the individual that has made the greatest contribution to the development of China’s cross-border capital markets.

  • GlobalRMB awards: Best bank for securities services

    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.

  • GlobalRMB awards: Best for 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.