Citi bullish on Asia in 2014

Nadir Mahmud, head of markets for Asia-Pacific, and David Ratliff, head of investor sales & relationship management, Asia-Pacific, said greater top-line growth would help to offset fee compression.

The year is new, bond and equity markets are off to a positive start, and investment banks are awash with hopes, fears and resolutions for the next 12 months. Among them is Citi.

On Wednesday senior Citi bankers Nadir Mahmud, head of markets for Asia-Pacific, and David Ratliff, head of investor sales relationship management, Asia-Pacific, outlined their thoughts for 2014 to a small group of reporters at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong.

Initial public offerings had a mixed 2013 in Asia, making a slow start but picking up towards the end of the year. The clamour to be involved on the deals was intense, leading...

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