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Awards for Excellence 2009: Off the Record Special

"Although there were no deals of note during the review period, we did arrange a conference call for investors with the central bank governor"

In a year of limited deal activity, investment banks came up with ever more innovative – and perhaps desperate – pitches for Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence. This is our favourite

"I hear from clients that Goldman Sachs is more humble now. That’s bad news for us. We used to win business on the back of their arrogance. Fortunately, though, I hear JPMorgan has taken their place"

As one door closes, another one opens, explains an ECM banker

Euromoney: "What makes you extra special and wonderful?"

"Why don’t you come on a ski holiday with us and we’ll talk about it over a nice glass of wine"

Euromoney: "You know I don’t take jollies"

"You don’t. OK. We were hoping to bribe you, because that’s the only way to differentiate ourselves"

"The chairman is convinced that we will make our profit targets for 2009.

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