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  • Santander pins corporate finance strategy on ESG

    Santander pins corporate finance strategy on ESG

    Santander reckons it can harness the power of hydrogen to boost its standing in corporate and investment banking, building on its ESG credentials in similar way to how rivals built supremacy during the internet boom, writes David Rothnie.

  • Politics and Covid fail to dent UK fee pool optimism

    Politics and Covid fail to dent UK fee pool optimism

    Bankers are betting on a strong year for the UK — Europe’s biggest fee pool — but the overlapping concerns of Brexit, Covid-19 and regulation make for an uncertain outlook, writes David Rothnie.

  • HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC’s aims to boost market share in investment banking and rebalance towards Asia remain intact despite the resignation of one of its most senior lieutenants. But 2021 must be about execution, writes David Rothnie.

  • Investment banks excel in year of living dangerously

    Investment banks excel in year of living dangerously

    This year proved to be one of the most dramatic on record for corporate financiers as volumes rose from the ashes of the market sell-off. David Rothnie examines some of the themes that defined the year and looks ahead to 2021.

  • Mustier can leave with head held high

    Mustier can leave with head held high

    UniCredit chief executive Jean Pierre Mustier upset the Italian establishment but he acted in the best interests of shareholders. But if he moves on, the bank would face an uncertain fate amid a new chapter of domestic and international banking M&A, writes David Rothnie.

  • 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.

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