• Flying high in the year of the pig

    In his latest Clawback column, Philippe Espinasse takes a look at the Hong Kong stock exchange’s new three year plan and its desire to be a global listing hub.

    • 08 Mar 2019
  • Stabilisation profits: sharing is caring

    Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse turns his attention to one of the ECM world’s best-guarded secrets: the profits banks can make from stabilisation.

    • 13 Feb 2019
  • The Hong Kong paradox

    IPOs worldwide have been derailed by geopolitical developments — except, it seems, in Hong Kong. Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse investigates.

    • 15 Jan 2019
  • HK to board out dodgy directors (well, almost)

    In this year’s last Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse has his say on corporate governance standards in Hong Kong-listed companies.

    • 28 Nov 2018
  • 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

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




Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 18.86
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.39
3 China Merchants Bank Co 14.21
4 China Merchants Securities Co 8.85
5 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 5.90

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $bn No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 16.76 84 6.95%
2 China International Capital Corp Ltd 16.67 78 6.91%
3 Goldman Sachs 15.38 70 6.38%
4 UBS 14.59 105 6.05%
5 Morgan Stanley 14.27 76 5.92%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $bn No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 34.78 304 8.23%
2 Citi 26.50 186 6.27%
3 Standard Chartered Bank 19.10 193 4.52%
4 JPMorgan 18.77 139 4.44%
5 BofA Securities 16.13 116 3.81%

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