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  • Boutique wheel of fortune spins into another crisis

    Boutique wheel of fortune spins into another crisis

    Independent firms were the big winners of the 2008 financial meltdown. But they will find the Covid-19 crisis tougher to navigate, as they grapple with a unique set of challenges, writes David Rothnie.

  • Boekhout lays out corporate client strategy at Commerz

    Boekhout lays out corporate client strategy at Commerz

    The double whammy of coronavirus and a crisis at the top of the bank makes the most testing of times for the new head of Commerzbank’s corporate clients division to make his mark. But Roland Boekhout has a broad vision for the firm’s corporate and investment bank and ideas for how to implement it, writes David Rothnie.

  • HSBC looks to crack ECM conundrum

    HSBC looks to crack ECM conundrum

    HSBC’s global head of equity capital markets is under no illusions about the challenges the bank faces, but says HSBC’s restructuring is not one of them. David Rothnie reports.

  • Three is the magic number for BofA

    Three is the magic number for BofA

    Bank of America hopes that a new management team built on a culture of intensity will enable it to meet its top three goal in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, writes David Rothnie.

  • ESG aspirations go mainstream as IBs emerge from Covid

    ESG aspirations go mainstream as IBs emerge from Covid

    The Covid-19 outbreak has spurred at least one change for the better. Five banks have established dedicated ESG teams since the start of the pandemic to meet demand from clients committed to being more conscientious, writes David Rothnie.

  • BNPP’s big investment bank test lies ahead

    BNPP’s big investment bank test lies ahead

    BNP Paribas has provided €40bn of loans to corporate clients in the eye of the Covid-19 storm, amid claims that rivals are retrenching. David Rothnie asks if balance sheet support will result in bigger corporate finance fees.

  • M&A shows resilience but still far from resurgent

    A $5bn take-private of Spanish telecoms operator MasMovil is the first sign of the return of M&A deal-making. But as bankers work frantically behind the scenes to rebuild the market, the big, integrated houses look set to dominate, writes David Rothnie.

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