Topping the league

Compiling league tables is a dirty job, but sometimes the results can reveal a lot about the market. Just take a look at the performance of bookrunners for ex-Japan Asia equity deals.

League tables are an integral part of investment banking and the securities business - as much in Asia as anywhere else in the world. Banks pride themselves on top table positions and many a young analyst has worked well into the night trying to figure out ways to compile data so their bank comes top. The variety and number of league tables that are cited shows how important some people believe these tables are for winning new mandates and securing the new Porsche when bonus time comes.

But sometimes the league tables can show deeper trends in the overall market. In the following table, I have listed investment banks according to the average performance...

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