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  • Byte Me: Jamie Dimon’s big mouth speaks truth

    Jamie Dimon, long known to be among the mouthiest of the titans of investment banking and the loudest bitcoin sceptic of all, now presides over the first ever cryptocurrency from a major bank.

    • 14 Feb 2019
  • Byte Me: the dangerous road to AI in credit

    A few years ago, artificial intelligence was only the hipster’s choice for ‘most important tech innovation in finance’. But AI is fast supplanting blockchain as The Next Big Thing in capital markets. There is a theory that cool things are no longer cool once finance types start to like them. So, in that spirit here’s ByteMe’s guide to the perils of an AI dystopia.

    • 24 Jan 2019
  • Byte Me: the crypto reckoning

    It was never going to last. Bitcoin has ended its three month holiday from volatility and begun to crash once more. The cryptocurrency market is looking for a new floor.

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Byte Me: bitcoin turns 10

    Bitcoin has its birthday on Halloween. Make of that what you will. The shadowy phantom (or cabal of phantoms) known as Satoshi Nakamoto published the bitcoin whitepaper 10 years ago.

    • 01 Nov 2018
  • Byte Me: stablecoins buck and break

    Stablecoins are a curiosity unique to the cryptocurrency market and, despite the placid sounding name, have been embroiled in some of the hairiest controversies in the market. And they aren’t even stable.

    • 18 Oct 2018
  • Byte Me: CFTC’s bitcoin mania

    If you were to accost a capital markets professional in the street and ask them to give examples of commodities, they might name oil, gold, copper, or, if they are also a film buff, frozen orange juice concentrate. Bitcoin might not make that list, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is trying to change attitudes to increase its remit over cryptocurrencies.

    • 04 Oct 2018
  • Byte Me: the big boys keep wading in

    Cryptocurrencies have not had a great year. Total market capitalisation of the sector is down 75% from the highs of January, falling roughly in line with what the bears predicted. But that hasn’t seemed to slow institutions’ attempts to get involved.

    • 20 Sep 2018
  • Byte Me: tokenising the world

    When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. For hardcore blockchain enthusiasts there is no end to the list of things that can be tokenised, although capital markets bankers might feel the process is less revolutionary than the techies seem to think.

    • 06 Sep 2018
  • Byte Me: petro is a stinker

    Venezuela's petro seems destined to hang around like a bad smell rather than drifting into obscurity, as it deserves to. The country's president Nicolás Maduro has made it the basis of his country’s economy. It is an utter farce.

    • 23 Aug 2018
  • Byte Me: Crypto flying right?

    Surprising exactly no one, big beast exchange ICE has joined its peers and entered the cryptocurrency market in earnest. More than eight months after competitors Cboe and CME launched cash-settled bitcoin futures contracts, this month ICE revealed Bakkt, a “global platform and ecosystem for digital assets”.

    • 08 Aug 2018

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 58,137.72 186 8.23%
2 JPMorgan 57,032.77 202 8.08%
3 Barclays 49,551.65 159 7.02%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 42,095.04 147 5.96%
5 Deutsche Bank 38,217.89 137 5.41%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,045.16 4 18.58%
2 BNP Paribas 1,742.18 7 5.36%
3 Credit Agricole CIB 1,539.94 8 4.73%
4 MUFG 1,257.24 4 3.87%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 1,165.08 6 3.58%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 UBS 998.25 3 13.49%
2 Citi 693.55 2 9.37%
3 Morgan Stanley 572.72 3 7.74%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 509.34 3 6.88%
5 Jefferies LLC 409.89 4 5.54%