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John Shay

Virtu Financial senior vice-president eyes move to the mainstream

April 1, 2016

Virtu Financial seems to have overcome the controversy surrounding high-frequency trading to achieve growing acceptance as an alternative market-maker at a time when bank dealers are shrinking. The company's senior vice-president, John Shay, explains its strategy.

Massimo Mocio

Banca IMI, the master of Italian risk, seeks global appeal

December 1, 2015

Massimo Mocio says the pull-back of international players from Italy has provided Banca IMI with a stronger domestic base from which to compete.


JPMorgan finds European equities still resilient after 2015 turbulence

November 2, 2015

European equities stayed strong in 2015 despite events in Greece and China. Klauss Hessberger and Achintya Mangla, co-heads of European ECM at JP Morgan, talk to Michael Watt about their team's activity during these tricky periods. 


BNP Paribas begins mass production

October 1, 2015

Investment banking is in an extreme state of flux, and BNP Paribas is undergoing a deep reorganisation of its global markets division. Michael Watt talks to its head of global markets about mass production, cost pressures and the future of the industry. 


HSBC sustainable finance chief leads efforts to expand ethical investment market

September 1, 2015

The global head of public sector and sustainable financing at HSBC, Ulrik Ross, has helped to oversee the recently launched appendix to the Green Bonds Principles. He speaks to Michael Watt about the impact of this development and the health of the GSS bonds market in general.

Hikaru Ogata

Société Générale bulks up in Asia-Pacific

August 3, 2015

Contrary to many global banks retreating from various businesses in Asia-Pacific, Société Générale is not only staying, but also growing in the region. How is it staying profitable? Stefania Palma asks the lender's Asia-Pacific CEO, Hikaru Ogata.

Michael Reuther

Commerzbank's old hand with a fresh outlook

July 1, 2015

Commerzbank corporates and markets chief Michael Reuther has nearly 30 years of banking experience, yet his appetite for innovation still burns strongly, as his work to 'industrialise' the German lender's investment bank shows.

Gianni Franco Papa

UniCredit CIB chief optimistic over European capital markets

June 1, 2015

UniCredit’s new head of corporate and investment banking, Gianni Franco Papa, tells Michael Watt about what he says are good times for Europe’s capital markets, and the worry of over-regulation on the horizon.

Olivier Perquel

New-look Natixis plans to do more with less

April 30, 2015

Olivier Perquel, the head of financing and global markets at Natixis corporate and investment banking, explains how the revived bank will grow in a shrinking world.

James Garvey

Lloyds capital markets chief prepares for market uncertainty

April 1, 2015

With a general election just weeks away in the UK, Lloyds Banking Group’s James Garvey is preparing for an uncertain period in the country's capital markets. With Greece’s membership of the eurozone still in doubt, other political realities could derail issuance in 2015, while the bank itself is focusing upon reducing balance sheet risk. 

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