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  • New Panda bond framework: a missed opportunity

    China’s impending Panda bond framework offered the country a chance to sort out a messy approval process that deters all but the most dedicated issuers. Instead, the country doubled-down on chaos.

    • 28 Aug 2018
  • In China, there is a lesson in stocks for bond index providers

    Bond index providers are racing to include Chinese bonds in their benchmarks. But before taking the leap, they should study a recent decision on A-share inclusion — and the sceptical response it got from investors.

    • 01 Aug 2018
  • Regulation ad hominem on Xiaomi is a bad omen

    The decision of China’s exchanges to bar mainland investors from dual-class stocks may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but it is the darkest moment for China's market reform path since the infamous summer of 2015.

    • 17 Jul 2018
  • President Xi shows how to make stalling look like reform

    Chinese president Xi Jinping delivered the message everybody wanted to hear: despite the trade spat with the US, China will keep opening up its markets to foreign firms. But the speech was light on substance. The remarks feel like more of China’s vintage ‘stall and delay’ strategy rather than the much-touted ‘new era’. That could backfire, especially since Donald Trump seems hell-bent on making his aggressive trade policy towards China a reality.

    • 16 Apr 2018
  • Panda bonds aren’t fit for purpose. Time to cut the red tape.

    Panda bond issuance has so far been dominated by overseas-incorporated Chinese names. That bolsters volumes, but it does little to help the market fulfil its role of boosting RMB internationalisation. Policymakers have the chance to fix it — but only if they are bold enough to let markets play a bigger role.

    • 07 Feb 2018
  • Dim sum bonds: here today, gone tomorrow

    China’s offshore renminbi bond market has made a strong start to the year, with two foreign issuers already selling dim sum notes. The signs for a robust 2018 are there but the market’s return to form will be contingent on more than just issuer interest.

    • 16 Jan 2018
  • Belt and Road Pandas finally come of age

    DCM bankers often market Panda bonds as Belt and Road bonds, even when they have little to do with China’s landmark infrastructure plan. But in recent weeks, issuers with genuine needs for funding Belt and Road projects have started to tap the market. The change could open up a new frontier for RMB internationalisation.

    • 09 Jan 2018
  • Backtracking on reforms not an option for China

    Foreign ownership reform in the Chinese financial sector is not only a landmark in the country’s opening up, but also a strategic move to rebalance US-China trade. But recent guidelines curtailing banking sector liberalisation appear to be a case of one step forward, two steps back for China. Now more than ever, Beijing must not let its caution around financial risk take over and undo its strategy.

    • 28 Nov 2017
  • The bold and the beautiful

    The hubbub over China’s five-yearly Party Congress is now behind us and the country’s regulators are ready to get back to business. In that vein, unusually forceful comments from Zhou Xiaochuan, outgoing governor of the People's Bank of China, on the urgency of deleveraging are more than welcome.

    • 14 Nov 2017
  • China reforms: Banks are right to be cautious

    China’s extraordinary liberalisation of its financial markets last week, which cleared the way for foreign ownership of a range of financial institutions, has only found mild enthusiasm among foreign banks so far. They can be forgiven for not immediately breaking out the champagne.

    • 14 Nov 2017
  • Dim sum is best served hot

    Recent deals are breathing life into a dim sum bond market that has faced a drought in supply. And with market conditions turning in the sell side’s favour, more issuers should syphon off this renminbi funding stream.

    • 24 Oct 2017
  • Time to let the barbarians through the gate

    Xi Jinping's first term has seen a series of concrete steps taken towards opening up the country's capital markets. With the five-yearly Party Congress starting this week, it is now time for China's leadership to take the leap from granting access to giving global investors real influence on the market.

    • 17 Oct 2017
  • Don’t be surprised by renminbi weakness

    China watchers have struggled to come to terms with the renminbi’s weakness during most of September. But while China’s leaders can sometimes be hard to analyse, the monetary authorities have been pretty clear about their currency policy — and they mean it.

    • 16 Oct 2017
  • Chinese absence an opportunity, and a test, for Asia bonds

    Chinese issuers and investors are likely to be largely absent from the dollar bond market for the next few weeks, as the country prepares for a crucial meeting of Communist Party officials. The slowdown will be a good chance for issuers from elsewhere in the region to tap the market — and demonstrate whether Asia’s bond market can remain standing without Chinese liquidity.

    • 10 Oct 2017
  • Oil, RMB and the petrodollar’s demise

    The goal of making the RMB a global commodities currency is not a job for those looking for quick successes. But recent moves from Russia and the Middle East have laid further bricks on the road to glory for China.

    • 12 Sep 2017
  • Hong Kong needs to get IPO Connect right

    China’s A-share market has one of the largest pools of domestic investors in the world. So it’s no surprise Hong Kong’s exchange is desperate to link its primary IPO market with the mainland. While there could be plenty of benefits, the city’s regulator should think long and hard before opening itself up to a potentially uncontrollable flood of money.

    • 05 Sep 2017
  • The East is Red

    In the latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse puts cash trading numbers in Hong Kong under the microscope to some rather interesting results.

    • 04 Sep 2017
  • IMF tells it like it is on China’s liberalisation delays

    Chinese authorities are once again voicing their desire to get back on track with the reform agenda. But Bond Connect aside, there is not much evidence the powers that be are delivering on that promise — as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rightly makes clear in its China country report.

    • 15 Aug 2017
  • Panda bonds boom — but where are the long-term investors?

    The Panda bond market is having its best run of the year in terms of issuance volume and number of deals sealed. But a closer look at the market shows a distinct lack of long-term investors — a real risk at the heart of the Chinese financial system.

    • 27 Jul 2017
  • China’s emerging super-regulator: a bold, dangerous step

    China made a clear step towards creating a financial super-regulator last week, when it created a new oversight commission within the central bank. The mega-merger of China’s many competing regulators is a good idea – but it is also fraught with risks.

    • 19 Jul 2017
  • RMBi critics are using the wrong metrics

    China’s renminbi internationalisation (RMBi) strategy has seen a clear shift from pushing for the currency’s usage abroad to bringing investors into the onshore market. It is time to take a more nuanced view of renminbi internationalisation.

    • 12 Jul 2017
  • Bond Connect: Be careful what you wish for

    China’s move to open up its domestic bond market to more foreign investment is being rightly applauded. But investors should be wary of the risks in a market that still has serious problems with governance and disclosure.

    • 04 Jul 2017
  • RMBi: Small weightings make a big difference

    The entry of A-shares into MSCI’s emerging market index was quickly dismissed by China bears as a non-event, given the tiny weighting Chinese equities will have in the index. But sceptics should learn from history that small weightings often make a big difference to RMB internationalisation — and MSCI’s A-share inclusion might just be an example of that.

    • 29 Jun 2017
  • China bulls and bears: embrace the inevitable

    MSCI’s decision on June 21 to include A-shares in its Emerging Markets Index has, once again, unleashed furious debate between those seeing it as another case of global institutions bending the rules to appease China and those always viewing the China glass as half full. But neither view has much to offer in explaining the Mainland’s growing integration in global financial markets.

    • 23 Jun 2017
  • Belt & Braces for Belt & Road issuers

    In the latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse turns his focus to the listing of infrastructure project companies in Hong Kong, saying that IPOs of Belt and Road issuers could be a big challenge.

    • 05 May 2017
  • MSCI: Between BlackRock and a hard place

    With the world’s largest asset manager saying it backs the inclusion of A-shares in MSCI indices, the result now looks inevitable. However, the result is likely to be high on symbolism and little else and highlights the challenge for firms as they balance the demand for China exposure with the need to keep their integrity intact.

    • 24 Apr 2017
  • Firms should get their foot in the door of foreign FTZ listings

    The Shanghai free-trade zone offers a side door into China’s A-share market for international companies, but the arduous process means so far it has received little attention. But with regulators planning to make the process easier, international companies should start paying attention.

    • 03 Apr 2017
  • The RMB needs a little less conversation

    Swift’s decision not to publish its monthly RMB tracker with any additional commentary about the long term prospects of the renminbi is refreshing. Other renminbi loyalists should follow suit, and stop trying to gloss over disappointing data.

    • 27 Feb 2017
  • RMB internationalisation is in transition, not reverse

    China has come in for a lot of criticism for introducing more capital controls since the start of the year in order to combat outflows. While such restrictions clearly do not fit under the headline of financial liberalisation, the market needs to understand that they are a necessary evil for China to have enough time to correct economic imbalances.

    • 13 Jan 2017
  • Dim sum’s gone cold, so now what?

    Offshore renminbi debt has struggled to gain traction this year, while the Panda bond market has shown encouraging development despite the absence of clear-cut rules. But if the Chinese regulators want to keep the RMB’s appeal as a long-term funding currency, they need to urgently make Panda issuance more user friendly.

    • 06 Dec 2016
  • China needs to stop making small talk

    The Chinese government is starting to sound like a broken record by repeating over and over again that there is nothing to fear from the continued depreciation of the renminbi. But with the currency hitting an eight-year low against the dollar, it’s time for Beijing to provide some genuine guidance before the markets stop listening for good.

    • 15 Nov 2016
  • HK is no longer RMB’s teacher’s pet, and that’s OK

    A mix of local politics and broader market developments may gradually strip Hong Kong of its role as the cutting edge centre for renminbi internationalisation. But that is probably a good development, at least as far as China’s longer-term strategy is concerned.

    • 04 Nov 2016
  • New York's unlikely renminbi gambit

    Home to the world’s largest capital market, the US has what it takes to redraw the global heat map of renminbi internationalisation (RMBi) now that it has been awarded a clearing bank and the world’s second largest RMB investment quota. Yet this potential could be squandered by the upcoming presidential elections unless market forces prevail.

    • 21 Oct 2016
  • Time to lay a clear path for Silk Road bonds

    Silk Road bonds are one of the latest gimmicks bankers are trying to promote with an event dedicated to the topic taking place in Hong Kong last week. While the concept of the bonds, linked directly to China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, is promising, proper guidelines need to be in place for the product to take off.

    • 12 Sep 2016
  • Renminbi 8/11: Less complacency, please

    It has been a brave new world for the renminbi since the People's Bank of China (PBoC) shook global markets with its surprise devaluation just over a year ago. But while there are signs that things have moved in the right direction, it seems a little early to trumpet the move as a policy success.

    • 15 Aug 2016
  • Even the Chinese find China bonds confusing

    The Brics New Development Bank (NDB) executed a landmark trade on July 18, making its capital markets debut with a Rmb3bn ($450m) bond in China. But when even the authorities have trouble knowing whether to classifying it as green or Panda debt, it is clear the need for unambiguous and official bond regulation is long overdue.

    • 21 Jul 2016
  • China-MSCI stalemate: who’ll blink first?

    Much of the debate around MSCI’s decision to not add A-shares has focused on China’s need to reduce its capital controls. But with Beijing unlikely to let go of the reins anytime soon and MSCI strident in its need for reform, the two sides have reached an impossible impasse unless a compromise can be made.

    • 17 Jun 2016
  • MSCI’s A-shares decision: the truth hurts

    China’s efforts to meet MSCI’s demands for index inclusion proved to no avail with the firm rejecting A-shares for a third time. No doubt Beijing is miffed, but MSCI has good reasons to hold off for now.

    • 15 Jun 2016
  • PBoC needs a master class in communication

    The announcement of a new RMB exchange index has rekindled debate about whether the People's Bank of China (PBoC) needs to review the way it communicates with global markets. The answer is a resounding yes.

    • 14 Dec 2015
  • The RMB and SDR: It's the report, stupid

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has not announced any delay to its decision on whether to include the renminbi in its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) facility. Is that clear enough for everyone?

    • 06 Aug 2015
  • SDR: Stop Delaying Renminbi

    China's currency stands a chance this year of being admitted into the select club of those backing the International Monetary Fund's special drawing rights. But at the moment it is not certain that the RMB will be deemed to have made the grade. It should be.

    • 12 May 2015

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 19.83
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.01
3 CITIC Securities 11.86
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 10.78
5 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.70

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 14,889.27 66 7.86%
2 Morgan Stanley 12,834.37 54 6.77%
3 Citi 12,128.00 77 6.40%
4 UBS 9,354.44 62 4.94%
5 China International Capital Corp Ltd 9,279.56 33 4.90%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 19,033.85 159 7.36%
2 Citi 19,000.89 119 7.35%
3 JPMorgan 12,589.46 73 4.87%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 11,854.05 73 4.59%
5 Goldman Sachs 10,460.58 48 4.05%

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  • 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.

  • SRI Award Winners 2018 revealed

    GlobalCapital announced the winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018 in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening. This year’s two sovereign debut green finance issues, from Indonesia and Belgium, won Deals of the Year in their regions, and there were double laurels for Danone, in both the bond and loan markets.

  • The results are in! GlobalRMB announces award winners

    GlobalRMB is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural awards, honouring those banks, companies and individuals that have made the biggest contribution to bridging the gap between China and the rest of the world.

  • GlobalCapital SRI Awards 2018: the nominations

    The nominations for GlobalCapital's Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018 have been revealed, as a result of our worldwide market poll, conducted in July.

  • GlobalCapital opens Green/SRI Bond and Loan Awards Poll 2018

    After a year of burgeoning growth and change in green, social and sustainability bond issuance, with huge acceleration in green loans, GlobalCapital today invites you to vote in its third Awards poll for this market.