• When you're not the only old fart in the room

    I may be a mature, wise gentleman the majority of the time, but I admit that even I have my moments of childish fun.

    • 12.00 PM
  • Taipan reflects: Hong Kong is burning

    Over my many years in Hong Kong, I have seen a lot. I've watched the city go from being a British colony to become part of China. I've seen a real estate boom and luxury shopping replace old local stores. I've seen protests and political turmoil. But all that has little prepared me for what has happened here this week.

    • 14 Nov 2019
  • Ell’ on Earth

    What is Ellen DeGeneres up to nowadays? Taipan wouldn't usually care much about the answer to this question but he found out this week while calling a loans banker.

    • 07 Nov 2019
  • Living life on the edge: a trip to Seoul

    It's no secret that tensions between North and South Korea are always simmering. But it is still a bit shocking to be confronted with the possibility that a potential disaster is right on your doorstep.

    • 31 Oct 2019
  • An old-fashioned night on the tiles: it still hurts

    Bankers and journalists often complain about how much things have changed in Hong Kong, with long lunches and even longer nights making way for rigid meetings, PowerPoint presentations and low-fat lattes. Taipan was reminded of the old ways this week ─ and his head is still throbbing.

    • 24 Oct 2019
  • Saving face: Banker balloons after food mishap

    When life gives you lemons, stay cool and ask life what else it has got.

    • 17 Oct 2019
  • Mind your language or face the music

    It’s tough being a banker these days, and not just because the mouth-watering pay cheques and bonuses that came with the job have been gradually drying up.

    • 10 Oct 2019
  • What to do when a job description goes south

    An evening at Captain’s Bar always provides me with an endless source of gossip, anecdotes and entertainment. This week proved as reliable as ever, when I took up my perch with my usual glass of whisky.

    • 03 Oct 2019
  • How to do awards dinners (and what follows)

    Awards season is almost upon us, with preparations well under way for glitzy ceremonies at Asia’s finest hotels.

    • 26 Sep 2019
  • The chore of a site visit for a failed loan

    Site visits for loan deals are often a bit of a bore. Unless the site was a brewery or distillery where we could sample the product, myself and my peers usually sent minions on the tour instead.

    • 19 Sep 2019

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 27.09
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 12.86
3 China Merchants Bank Co 11.85
4 China Merchants Securities Co 9.09
5 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 5.51

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $b No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 China International Capital Corp Ltd 15.81 73 7.34%
2 CITIC Securities 15.74 76 7.30%
3 Goldman Sachs 14.71 61 6.83%
4 UBS 13.28 92 6.16%
5 Morgan Stanley 12.71 67 5.90%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $b No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 32.56 289 8.26%
2 Citi 25.59 178 6.49%
3 JPMorgan 18.24 136 4.63%
4 Standard Chartered Bank 18.16 184 4.61%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 15.32 112 3.89%

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