Latest articles from Sophie Roell

China’s M&A misfortunes

September 4, 2006

In their first major mergers and acquisitions forays overseas, Chinese companies are being buffeted by Sinophobia and their own lack of nous. Sophie Roell looks at recent deals.

World of pain (for less gain)

March 6, 2006

Sophie Roell discovers how the heads of global equities at four investment banks are adjusting to a world of falling commissions, the pressure for greater risk taking and mushrooming technology costs.

Mission accomplished

December 5, 2005

Sophie Roell in New York and Beijing explains the story of a seemingly mission impossible, the successful part-flotation of CCB, one of China’s huge state banks.

Thomas Gahan

December 5, 2005

Thomas Gahan, head of corporate and investment banking in the Americas at Deutsche Bank, tells Sophie Roell how he has turned around the US operation’s fortunes. Now he is looking at equities.

Listing shows how far and how fast China has travelled

December 5, 2005

When China begins listing its giant state-owned banks on capitalist stock exchanges, the world has definitely changed beyond all recognition. The story of China Construction Bank’s (CCB) route to the Hong Kong bourse is full of thrills and spills. Contributing editor Sophie Roell recounts the entire tale on page 76.

Jay Levine

October 3, 2005

Niche bond firm Greenwich Capital has a mutually beneficial relationship with parent bank Royal Bank of Scotland, as co-CEO Jay Levine explains to Sophie Roell.

Deutsche rides on wave of euro deals

May 2, 2005

Deutsche Bank’s successful euro issuance for Brazil helped the dollar market to rally, setting the stage for it to do subsequent dollar and euro deals for a diverse range of issuers. Sophie Roell reports.
The Greeks may have won Euro 2004 but the Germans are firmly in the lead when it comes to euro issuance out of Latin America.


April 4, 2005

As they cut back investment bankers’ jobs, Wall Street’s bulge bracket firms strengthened their compliance departments to cope with growing regulation and scrutiny, and the rising salaries have begun to attract staff from regulatory bodies into corporate territory. By Sophie Roell.

Yoshiyuki Fujisawa

January 3, 2005

Since Merrill Lynch acquired Yamaichi Securities in 1998, it has not been an easy passage for the firm’s Japanese business. But, as Yoshiyuki Fujisawa tells Sophie Roell, this year, the tide has turned.
It may have been a long time coming, but Merrill Lynch’s Japanese operations have had a bumper year. The bank chalked up about $130m in profits, making it the most lucrative foreign brokerage in Japan. “We enjoyed a good year last year,” says Yoshiyuki Fujisawa, chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. “And hopefully, this year will be [good], too.”

Rick Leaman

December 1, 2004

After growing through acquisition, Europe’s UBS Investment Bank decided that to make its mark in the tough US market, it had to beef up its M&A practice. Rick Leaman, co-head of global M&A, talks to Sophie Roell about the strategy that UBS used to compete successfully with the global giants.

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