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"This is the leather room, which we reserve for our more intimate client relationships"

A banker in Japan explains the hierarchy of meeting rooms in his firm’s new offices

"ABN Amro does tonnes of loans and bullshit trades like that but they are not adding value"

A capital markets banker takes issue with ABN Amro’s impressive performance in central and eastern European debt this year. The soon-to-be acquired bank leads the league tables for international deals out of the CIS

"I find myself checking with HR what my job title is as it seems to change every year"

A banker admits that the constant reorganizations at his firm leave him a little dazed and confused

"Where have you been?" asks a senior structured finance banker when two Euromoney journalists turn up late and flustered for a lunch in London’s Canary Wharf. "We’ve just been in S&P’s offices next door – sorry we’re late."

"That’s McGraw Hill. They’re a publisher aren’t they? Don’t they publish fiction?" was his pithy reply

"In the old days, and by that I mean three months ago..."

A structured finance analyst demonstrates that financial markets wait for no man

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