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  • Magic at the house of Morgan

    As Jamie Dimon signs on for another five years at the top of JP Morgan, what’s the secret sauce at the world’s top investment bank?

    • 30 Jan 2018
  • Dimon promotes lieutenants, plans five more years

    Jamie Dimon, chief executive and chairman of JP Morgan, will be running the firm for at least the next five years, ending speculation that he will retire or run for office.

    • 30 Jan 2018
  • Goldman’s Weber to spearhead Middle East debt push

    Martin Weber, a Goldman Sachs managing director, is moving to Dubai to run the bank’s MENA financing group, with more hires planned to follow in the region.

    • 25 Jan 2018
  • Japanese banks eye Middle East investment banking prize

    Japanese banks have a spring in their step in the Middle East as they roll out expansion plans, but, asks David Rothnie, can they take on more established Western rivals?

    • 25 Jan 2018
  • Steinhoff saga shows the strain on banking industry's new love

    Banks across the Street have sought to woo shareholders with business models that celebrate the holy matrimony between Steady Eddie wealth management and (supposedly) reformed wild child investment banking. But the repercussions on bank earnings from the demise of South African retailer Steinhoff are a reminder that the course of true love never did run smooth.

    • 23 Jan 2018
  • Morgan Stanley escapes Steinhoff but others succumb

    All of the US banks that reported results this week booked losses related to troubled South African retailer Steinhoff, other than Morgan Stanley — despite the close relationship between the bank and the firm, which saw it handed a plumb gloco role on the IPO of its African retail arm in September.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Mizuho leads Saudi push with senior hire

    Mizuho Bank has hired a senior banker to run its Saudi office as it looks to develop its business in financing and advisory work.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Houlihan Lokey eyes global prize after Quayle Munro acquisition

    Houlihan Lokey's international expansion won't end with its latest acquisition as it eyes a bigger global offering, writes David Rothnie.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Big name Barclays MDs at risk in investment bank cull

    Barclays rolled out sweeping cuts to its investment bank on Wednesday, with around 100 jobs gone across the business, including several managing directors in the EMEA primary bonds business.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Green and social to drive revamped DZ Bank in DCM

    DZ Bank has overhauled its debt capital markets operation and plans to use its sustainable finance credentials to push for more international business, especially in SSAs and covered bonds.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • BNPP hires heavy hitters amid CIB revamp

    BNP Paribas has hired two senior bankers and folded its corporate clients, financing and advisory (CCFA) units and corporate trade and treasury services (CTTS) units into a single new division, as it looks to expand its offering to corporate clients.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • BNP Paribas places UK at heart of European ambitions

    The recruitment of the former head of European M&A at Barclays is a statement of intent from BNP Paribas, which has serious aspirations for its UK business. Expect some trademark caution though, writes David Rothnie.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • Regional Capital Markets Awards Part IV: Investment Bank

    In the last instalment of our 2017 awards, we present the full write-ups of the winners of Best Asian Investment Bank and Best Investment Bank.

    • 10 Jan 2018
  • Year-end prompted string of synthetic securitizations

    Banks lined up to close capital relief securitizations at the end of last year, protecting portfolios of leveraged loans, commercial property and project finance.

    • 08 Jan 2018
  • Regional Capital Markets Awards Part II: Equities

    In the second instalment of our 2017 awards, we present the full write-ups of the winners for Best Follow-On/Accelerated Bookbuild, Best Equity-Linked Deal, Best IPO, Best ECM Deal and Best ECM House.

    • 08 Jan 2018
  • Theme for 2018: Capital markets brace for blockchain breakthrough

    When the shadowy figure known as Satoshi Nakamoto launched bitcoin in 2009, few predicted that the technology underpinning it would, in a few short years, be hailed as an invention as important as the internet. Capital markets are on the front line for disruption, writes Lewis McLellan.

    • 03 Jan 2018
  • Theme for 2018: Banks stumble through Brexit fog to new plans, in London or not

    Banks and other financial firms operate in complex lattices of regulation. But for any firm based in the UK and operating internationally, Brexit means they have no idea what regulations will apply, come March 2019. They cannot afford to do nothing, yet do not know what to plan for. As Nigel Owen reports, the response has been to plan for every scenario, including relocation from London.

    • 03 Jan 2018
  • Theme for 2018: Are European banks ready to go back on the offensive?

    2017 saw some serious capital raising by European banks. Four European globally systemic banks, in four monster rights issues, raised more than €30bn — partly to deal with non-performing loans and partly to reclaim their places in global investment banking and capital markets. Even banks that did not turn to the equity markets sought to conserve capital — but is 2018 the year when belts will start to be loosened again? Owen Sanderson reports.

    • 03 Jan 2018
  • Citi’s Drury wins ‘inch by inch’ fight for ECM supremacy

    Citi finished 2017 in its highest ever position in the EMEA league tables, leading from the front in ECM. David Rothnie asks whether it can topple JP Morgan.

    • 03 Jan 2018