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Opinion

Off the record

November 2018

“If JPMorgan works there, then it counts as a liberal democracy”

An emerging markets financial PR has an unorthodox take on political theory



“You only need to talk to two banks in [XX]. There’s no point speaking to more, they’ll just say the same thing”

A development banker demonstrates a shaky grasp of journalistic best practice



“There’s a reason they are called regulatory sandboxes. It’s because this stuff is for children”

A commercial banker is unimpressed by fintech initiatives



“No no, I haven’t seen any reckless deal terms myself”

A senior executive at a bank active in leveraged loans, just minutes after noting how a rival recently sought to calm market fears about looser leveraged finance deal terms



“It wasn’t just cross-department collaboration that was negligible: it was cross-neighbour”

An ex-banker looks back fondly on the culture at a former employer



“You knew it would be the widowmaker’s auction. If you saw +331 on the phone you didn’t pick up. No one wanted to be doing that deal only for the glory of not getting cut from the list of banks providing treasury bill quotes or some absolute tosh like that”

A banker has pleasant memories of French government equity block trades



“Most of the investments have gone into dollar assets but stayed onshore.













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