FinanceAsia’s editorial team is currently busy running from bank to bank listening to pitches for this year’s awards, so last week we asked our readers which race they thought would be closest -- the one for our debt, equity or M&A award?
The overwhelming answer was Best Equities House, which perhaps reflects the high level of activity on the region’s stock exchanges this year. But the picture that is emerging from our meetings is of a tight race across the board.
Dealogic’s rankings back this up. The market share of the top three banks in the equities table spans just 1.9 percentage points, but the races for bonds and M&A are even closer by this measure, with a span of 1.3 points and 1.6 points, respectively.
Overall, 55% of respondents picked equities, while 21% went for bond house and 24% picked M&A.
Photo provided by AFP.