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  • Byte Me: the cryptocurrency monkey’s paw

    One of the fondest hopes of the cryptocurrency true believers looks set to come true this year. Real decentralised value transfer systems could be on their way both to retail and institutional banking. But, in a cruelly ironic twist, they will be delivered by the blackest names in individual privacy and financial libertarianism.

    • 14 Mar 2019
  • 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

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 132,387.73 545 8.30%
2 Citi 123,981.47 487 7.78%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 105,093.26 413 6.59%
4 Barclays 99,545.40 383 6.24%
5 HSBC 81,053.20 424 5.08%

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 11,525.35 30 7.25%
2 BNP Paribas 8,422.96 46 5.30%
3 UniCredit 8,389.55 43 5.28%
4 Deutsche Bank 8,298.69 30 5.22%
5 Commerzbank Group 7,837.68 40 4.93%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Morgan Stanley 4,425.28 19 11.23%
2 Goldman Sachs 4,006.06 15 10.16%
3 Citi 3,527.84 22 8.95%
4 JPMorgan 2,809.08 19 7.13%
5 UBS 2,241.39 12 5.69%