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  • 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.

  • RBC looks for another lift after 10 year build

    RBC looks for another lift after 10 year build

    RBC Capital Markets’ expansion in European investment banking came in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. A decade on, the coronavirus pandemic has presented it with a very different set of challenges.

  • HSBC wants to take mid-market push beyond UK

    HSBC wants to take mid-market push beyond UK

    HSBC might be in the middle of a big restructuring, but that isn’t stopping plans to develop mid-market M&A efforts in France, Germany and Asia as well as the UK, writes David Rothnie. The bank has also bolstered its teams covering specific sectors.

  • Okuda starts efficiency drive at Nomura

    Okuda starts efficiency drive at Nomura

    Nomura has cut jobs in its investment banking business in Europe over the summer, following losses in leveraged finance, as its new chief executive eyes up other regions for growth, writes David Rothnie.

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