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  • Rolls-Royce lands cash call after flight risk

    Rolls-Royce lands cash call after flight risk

    UK aerospace company Rolls-Royce managed a smooth landing for its mid-pandemic equity raise despite turbulence within its inner circle of advisers. It was a triumph for strong management, writes David Rothnie.

  • Tasty Spacs whet banks' appetites

    Tasty Spacs whet banks' appetites

    Despite a year of turmoil, many bankers have a spring in their step, writes David Rothnie. They are rushing to get involved in the boom in special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs).

  • Staley picks top allies for investment bank leadership

    A top-level reshuffle suggests that Barclays chief executive Jes Staley is not going anywhere, but raises fresh questions about whether the bank’s top-five ambitions are achievable, writes David Rothnie.

  • FIG ties bind tight as bank M&A returns

    FIG ties bind tight as bank M&A returns

    Domestic bank consolidation has returned to the top of the agenda, but for financial institutions bankers, unlocking the most lucrative relationships requires years of coverage and an ability to look beyond the quick fix of M&A, writes David Rothnie.

  • US big beasts dominate UK broking with different styles

    US big beasts dominate UK broking with different styles

    JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley’s positions at the top of the UK corporate broking rankings have undoubtedly helped their equity capital markets businesses, but Goldman Sachs stands out for its disruptive approach, writes David Rothnie.

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