• Battle for China’s coffee: Luckin’s limping

    Luckin Coffee is brewing excitement in the US equity market after it confirmed plans for an IPO this week and filed a draft prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But while the Chinese coffee chain is being hailed as a major competitor to Starbucks, there is reason to think that assessment carries a lot of froth.

    • 25 Apr 2019
  • Capital markets need an Extinction Rebellion

    Sustainable finance is bubbling with exciting new initiatives. But making people feel good is not enough. Activity needs to produce results, and so far there is more noise than movement. The tone is far too sedate — it needs some hard core activism to break the torpor.

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Sellers should come first in China's struggling CDR market

    China has announced a series of tax incentives to help boost demand for the non-existent Chinese Depository Receipt (CDR) market. But the authorities have it backwards, investors are available, finding a willing issuer is the problem.

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Panda diplomacy: extinction threatens if deals are gestures

    China has in the past used panda bears for political gestures, loaning the rare creatures to countries with which it wants to forge ties. The bond market named after them looks similarly endangered, while deals priced there are also nothing more than international relations votives.

    • 09 Apr 2019
  • China bond index inclusion a ‘gesture’ – but a big one

    Global investors lauded the inclusion of Chinese bonds in Bloomberg Barclays’ flagship index this week as the start of a new era, but onshore bankers said it was only a gesture. Perhaps they are both right. The move will force global investors into the unknown and could redraw the map for global bond investment.

    • 02 Apr 2019
  • Light green bonds throw no shade on the dark green market

    China seems ready to cut coal from what is acceptable to fund under its green bond standards, caving to the demands of sustainable investing experts. This about-face is a big and positive move for global green financing efforts, but raises questions about global green standards and how the market frames discussions about what is ‘green’.

    • 26 Mar 2019
  • Higher standards best for Asia’s bond markets long-term

    Last week’s tap of a KWG Group Holdings dollar bond triggered a debate between bankers about what makes for good market practice. The issuer may be an established and reputable one, but the tap was priced with the borrower still in an earnings blackout. If this sort of timing were to take hold, the Asian issuers as a whole will struggle to build a globally diversified investor base.

    • 26 Mar 2019

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  • Hand-wringing capitalists aren’t putting their money where their mouth is

    Ray Dalio’s missive on reforming capitalism proposes making the US more egalitarian: this might be needed to avoid slowing the economy and even to avert a collapse in the economic system itself. But investors such as Dalio are not so keen on putting capital into the one region in the world where capitalism and equality have found an easier marriage.

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Labels matter more than details in bank capital

    If the architects behind the complicated world of bank resolution and prudential capital regulation have proved one thing, it is that the devil is not always in the detail. Sometimes labels matter more.

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • The magic of momentum won't rescue all IPOs

    As Uber prepares to ride a wave of hype to a valuation that could be $100bn at IPO, potential buyers should make sure they're not relying on market momentum alone to carry these loss-making juggernauts higher.

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Ukraine — the time is now

    A softening in Ukrainian bond spreads may prompt the country's debt management officials to drag their feet over issuing its next public bond. It would be better for them to get moving.

    • 23 Apr 2019

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 26.40
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 20.00
3 China Securities 13.33
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 12.00
5 Bank of China (BOC) 11.33

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 6,126.98 28 8.97%
2 Goldman Sachs 5,994.79 21 8.78%
3 Morgan Stanley 4,359.35 28 6.38%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 3,925.11 17 5.75%
5 UBS 3,727.37 21 5.46%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 12,820.23 113 8.54%
2 JPMorgan 9,032.10 54 6.01%
3 Citi 8,900.47 66 5.93%
4 Credit Suisse 5,896.22 44 3.93%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 5,747.27 53 3.83%

Asian polls & awards

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Investment banks

    In the fourth and final instalment of GlobalCapital Asia’s capital markets awards announcements, find out the Best Asian Investment Bank and the Best Investment Bank in the region for 2018.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Bonds

    In part three of our results announcements, we reveal the winning bond deals across a variety of categories. In addition, we also name the Best G3 Bond House, Best Local Currency Bond House, Best High Yield Bond House and the debut winner of the Best House for SRI Financing.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Equities

    In part two of our results announcements, we reveal the winning equity deals and banks, including the Best Follow-on/Accelerated Bookbuild, Best Equity-Linked Deal, Best IPO, Best ECM Deal and Best ECM House.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Loans

    GlobalCapital Asia has spent the last two months talking to banks and their clients in a bid to determine the most impressive capital markets transactions and advisers across Asia ex-Japan in 2018. We are pleased to begin our awards announcements in the loan market.

  • 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.