Turning the tables

It is an open secret in the corporate bond world that many banks siphon off large sums of money to artificially boost their position in the bookrunner league tables. But as Laurence Neville reports, attitudes toward the rankings are changing


Everyone likes to be number one. From competing to be top of the class, to winning the biggest corporate bond mandate, it is human nature to want to outperform your rivals.

Corporate bond bookrunner league tables are no exception. Traditionally, positions in the tables are hotly contested and some players have been known to employ underhand tactics to leapfrog their rivals. Topping the table is a prize worth fighting for.

Citigroup and JPMorgan regularly straddle the summit of the tables at the

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