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Capital Markets

John McNiven: Pioneer of global bonds

As part of Euromoney's 50th anniversary coverage, we profile some of the biggest names that we interviewed for our April capital markets focus.

John McNiven started in banking in Australia in the early 1980s with the leading merchant bank, AUC, in Melbourne, in which Morgan Guaranty (today called JPMorgan) had a big stake.

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He got a break within three months when Morgan Guaranty sent him to New York on its commercial banking management programme.

He was part of quite a class. McNiven recalls: “I shared a desk with Bill Winters [who later ran investment banking at JPMorgan and is now chief executive of Standard Chartered] and TJ Lim. At the end of the course I was asked to stay on in New York, and together with TJ Lim, I was assigned to the derivatives team.

“I remember sitting there trying to figure out what that meant.”

It meant the start of a period of great innovation.