• European corporates come knocking

    European corporates come knocking

    European corporate issuers have found themselves dragged into the euro crisis by dint of geographic association. But are they now looking to tap Asian local currency markets to diversify funding sources and please the rating agencies?

  • BoA Merrill hires Yacenda and Thiriet

    BoA Merrill hires Yacenda and Thiriet

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch continues to hire from Deutsche Bank, appointing Richard Yacenda as its new COO in Asia. Meanwhile, Olivier Thiriet joins from Credit Suisse to be the new head of Asia-Pacific equities.

  • Nomura outlines fixed income ambitions

    Nomura outlines fixed income ambitions

    Steve Ashley, the head of global markets at Nomura in London, outlines the firm’s strategy for competing in fixed income, the move away from basic market share discussions and how Asia needs to be more than just a source of capital.

  • Investor Dialogue: John Yakas

    Investor Dialogue: John Yakas

    The manager of Polar Capital’s Asian financials fund talks about the North-South divide, the withdrawal of European competition and problems becoming superregional.

  • Is the smart money heading to Greece?

    Is the smart money heading to Greece?

    As Greece passes its latest austerity budget and raises money in the bond markets, are direct investors from Asia looking at the country again? The head of the country’s largest investment holding company says they are.

  • Bank chairmen talk pay

    At the BBA annual conference, the chairmen of HSBC, Standard Chartered, Barclays, RBS and Lloyds give their views on where banking industry pay is going.

  • Banks prosper in war-torn Syria

    Bankers everywhere feel they are operating in a tough environment, but those working in Syria have perhaps the most difficult working environment on the planet. Even so, they are still making money.

  • Reasons to be cheerful – Gangnam Style!

    Reasons to be cheerful – Gangnam Style!

    Away from the headlines, burning flags and layoffs, animal spirits are returning. Deals are coming thick and fast as Asian companies gallop into new markets.

  • Does Europe even matter to Asian companies?

    Does Europe even matter to Asian companies?

    Statistics show that what happens in Europe has little bearing on the financial performance of Asian companies. But perhaps now is the time to change that.

  • London's future: The City changes course

    London's future: The City changes course

    A growing litany of scandals is challenging London's position as never before. With capital fast building up in Asia itself, what role does The City have in the future?

  • RBS’s Hourican discusses Moody's downgrade and Asian strategy

    RBS’s Hourican discusses Moody's downgrade and Asian strategy

    In an exclusive interview, John Hourican, CEO of RBS’s markets and international banking division, gives his reaction to Friday’s downgrade by Moody’s, discusses the bank’s strategy in Asia and explains what needs to happen to make banking fun again.

  • HSBC's Flint outlines conflicts at heart of banking

    In a revealing speech, Douglas Flint, group chairman of HSBC and the new chairman of the IIF, outlines the regulatory and political conflicts that bedevil the world of banking and finance.

  • China’s banks are “misunderstood”

    China’s banks are “misunderstood”

    According to Gustav Rhenman, a portfolio manager at East Capital, China’s banks are much stronger than people think and are backed by political levers that will ensure good performance, despite the threat to profitability from the recent interest rate cut.

  • HKEx's LME bid raises hackles in London

    HKEx's LME bid raises hackles in London

    At its heart, HKEx’s successful bid for the London Metal Exchange (LME) demonstrates Asia’s ability to take long-term strategic positions, while the West scrabbles around for short-term infusions of cash.

  • IPOs create value, really

    IPOs create value, really

    Companies that undertake an IPO grow faster and outperform their already listed rivals, according to a recent study, which is good news for stressed ECM bankers trying to persuade reluctant companies to come to market.

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