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  • Let's face it — pride comes before a fall

    We all know the power of client meetings. Those face-to-face encounters are what can make or break us investment bankers. But sometimes those 'breaks' are beyond our control.

    • 15 Mar 2018
  • For a good time, call the ministry of finance

    Finance is a pretty sexy industry, as we all know. Who would ever question the attraction of making money? My mates and I certainly never have — but one friend got a bit more than he bargained for when he innocently called Singapore’s ministry of finance the other day.

    • 08 Mar 2018
  • Dating token adds allure to crypto bubble

    Journalists are overwhelmed with press releases on a daily basis. Nowadays, comms managers tend to publicise anything and everything: the personal assistant of the deputy CEO moved to Singapore, the chairman’s dog fell over, blockchain blah blah something something proof of concept.

    • 01 Mar 2018
  • Give me a hand: A night of poker with old friends

    Are poker skills correlated with deep insights into the financial markets? I certainly hope not.

    • 20 Feb 2018
  • Banker turns wedding planner

    I’ve only ever had to organise one wedding — mine and Tai Tai’s. And even then, my main task was to show up sober and say the right name at the right time. So I never really understood the stress and worry that went into putting together a big shindig. Until this week.

    • 08 Feb 2018
  • The art of listening clearly

    How seriously should one take the so-called ‘Freudian slip’? Being a man with little time for psychology — and having a mother that could best be described as ‘sturdy’ — I’ve never put much stock in the ideas of that bewhiskered Austrian. But I did have to wonder this week when I poked my nose into a lunch organised by the Hong Kong stock exchange.

    • 01 Feb 2018
  • Don’t ask me, I’m just a junior

    It is not always easy for bankers to keep up with the minutiae of their latest bonds. But one would hope they might at least know the size of these deals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case in China’s debt market.

    • 25 Jan 2018
  • Mum's the word when bragging about bonuses

    It’s bonus season again and what has until recently been a time of either great triumph or great sorrow has turned out quite well in Hong Kong.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Pretending to understand your boss

    The new boss calls his team into a meeting room and delivers the speech he has spent his life preparing for. It is a moment of rhetorical genius, a rallying cry, a tour de force. Unfortunately, no one understands a word.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • Resolutions made, resolve still lacking

    At some point on Christmas Day, after I had polished off several plates of turkey with all the trimmings, six mince pies and half a Christmas pudding, I began to wonder whether or not I was living a healthy lifestyle. I decided that, yes, I probably was.

    • 04 Jan 2018
  • Coasting to retirement

    Back in my day, senior bankers knew the ins and outs of every trade that came across their desks. But it’s a whole different world now for those still in the industry.

    • 14 Dec 2017
  • A muted approach to meetings

    The end of the year awards season can be tense for everyone. It's hard to enjoy the lengthy meetings, endless pitches and repeat questions about the same deals over and over. So if a banker can take the meetings a little less seriously, it makes for a very refreshing change.

    • 07 Dec 2017
  • Getting your hands dirty is for the young

    I’ve been lucky to spend the years after my retirement never too far from my local, swilling drinks at Captain’s Bar with some good company. But the new crop of bankers retiring these days doesn’t seem content becoming a Hong Kong relic.

    • 30 Nov 2017
  • When the client really is king

    China's big-shot technology companies rule the world, as Tencent made clear when it broke through the $500bn valuation mark this week. But more importantly, these firms aren’t afraid to let their bankers know it.

    • 23 Nov 2017
  • Moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips

    I spend a lot of my time bemoaning how hard bankers have it today, as shrinking bonus pools and ever-increasing compliance chip away at the joys of investment banking. But every once in a while, a friend will show me that it can still provide some perks.

    • 16 Nov 2017

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Citi 94,984.75 352 8.11%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 91,388.48 264 7.80%
3 JPMorgan 85,989.76 355 7.34%
4 Barclays 75,861.83 231 6.48%
5 Goldman Sachs 63,392.84 171 5.41%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Deutsche Bank 11,282.84 20 9.25%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 10,109.80 20 8.29%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,894.16 18 8.11%
4 Citi 7,208.72 18 5.91%
5 BNP Paribas 6,855.32 27 5.62%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Goldman Sachs 4,258.05 18 13.42%
2 Deutsche Bank 2,404.90 13 7.58%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 1,933.40 11 6.09%
4 Credit Suisse 1,775.47 8 5.59%
5 JPMorgan 1,732.54 10 5.46%