The rise of the super regionals

A new breed of global emerging-market investment bank is being built from the rubble of the old, bulge-bracket model. And this is shaking up the banking industry.

Steve Metcalfe had been out of the investment banking market for three years when the call came in. Dividing his time between London and Hong Kong he had a portfolio of business interests a film production company with Mark Hamill he of Luke Skywalker fame, a wine brokerage and an oil company in Thailand. But in September this year he decided to go back into the markets. Not to one of the bulge bracket global investment banks where he had learnt his trade but to a newly energised Samsung Securities.

“It is great to be back in the business,” he said. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm here.”
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