Readers expect busy months ahead, particularly in ECM

FinanceAsia readers say equity issuance in Asia will likely keep investment banks busy through to Christmas, but uncertainty abounds with debt and M&A not too far behind.
AIA's IPO is one of many deals expected to keep bankers busy in the coming months.
AIA's IPO is one of many deals expected to keep bankers busy in the coming months.

Our web poll last week asked readers to predict which investment banking teams will be the busiest during the rest of the year. Predictably, they chose equity capital markets ECM, though the voting was closer than might have been expected.

So far this year, according to Dealogic, equity offers have generated almost three times more fees than debt capital markets and MA combined. In all, Asia ex-Japan equity capital markets activity has generated $3 billion in fees, compared to $865 million from MA and just $282 million from debt capital markets.

However, our voting hardly reflected this dominance. Most respondents said equity deals will continue to dominate, but both debt...

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