Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

Fast facts:

  • Cross-Border M&A activity totals $180.4 billion, up 21% compared to YTD 2014
  • United States M&A activity decreases 3% compared to year ago levels
  • Europe ECM hits $48.5 billion so far in 2015, up 45% compared to last year
  • Goldman Sachs takes first place for WW M&A advisory during YTD 2015, up five spots from a year ago
  • With a gain of 4.5 market share points, UBS leads Global ECM underwriting for YTD 2015
  • JP Morgan, Barclays, Citi and Morgan Stanley see global DCM market share gains this year

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Journalist spotlight: Jeff Mason on his exclusive interview with President Obama

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On Monday, Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason conducted an exclusive on-camera interview with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. The interview came on the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in which the Israeli prime minister was expected to oppose Obama’s drive to get a nuclear agreement with Iran. It generated significant coverage in media outlets all over the world. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Jeff offers an inside look at how Reuters scored the exclusive interview.

Q. How did we land the interview?

A. Scoring the interview was a long process that took patience and persistence. It was a team effort. That paid off the week before the interview, when White House spokesman Josh Earnest called me into his office and offered a sit-down with the president on Monday afternoon, the day before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks to the U.S. Congress. The timing couldn’t have been better.

Q. How did you prepare? (more…)

Drug flows through East Africa – Graphic of the day

Drug agencies are concerned that a record opium harvest in Afghanistan this year will turn east Africa into a major transit point for heroin. Most Europe-bound Afghan heroin still goes through the established “Balkan route” via Iran and southeast Europe. But a large number of seizures along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coastline over the past few years signals a switch to a “southern route” via Africa. Today’s graphic looks that the heroin traffic routes, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and heroin seizures in East Africa.

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Arguments in Obamacare subsidies case focus on federalism

From Westlaw Journal Health Law: During oral argument March 4 in a case that could determine whether Obamacare’s crucial Healthcare.gov insurance exchange thrives or collapses, the U.S. Supreme Court’s key “swing” justice signaled repeatedly that he thinks the argument against the law might suffer from fatal constitutional flaws.

Throughout the 90-minute session, Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, expressed concern that the Affordable Care Act challengers are relying on a reading of the law that would needlessly violate the high court’s federalism precedents.

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Could you explain your role to a 14 year-old?

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Could you explain what you do to a 14-year-old?

That was the challenge for our 25 volunteers at the Technology Careers day we recently held at our Canary Wharf office.

The event, organized by Tamara Waltho and Rebecca Gray, aimed to show children from Broadwater School in Surrey the kind of application technology subjects can have in the real world. A host of colleagues from across our business units helped to make the day happen, encouraging children to opt into subjects such as Science, Technology Engineering and Math.

Students had the opportunity to dig for news stories, conduct product reviews on apps, and grill volunteers on exactly what they do all day. We caught up with three of the volunteers to see how they fared:

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The Obamacare exchange quilt – Graphic of the day

The legal question reviewed by the Supreme Court yesterday is whether a four-word phrase saying subsidies are available to those buying insurance on exchanges “established by the state” has been correctly interpreted by the administration to allow subsidies to be available nationwide. Exchanges are online marketplaces that allow consumers to shop among competing insurance plans. Most of the 50 states have not created exchanges. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have them, with another 34 run by the federal government and three operating as state-federal hybrids.

The Obamacare Exchange

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Part Two: What does a hero look like?

Last Thursday, war correspondent Kate Adie OBE took Thomson Reuters customers and colleagues back one hundred years to discuss the changes World War One brought to women’s lives.

As part of our continued commitment to highlighting the importance of corporate responsibility and inclusion in the workplace, our series “What does a hero look like?” celebrated the contribution of unsung heroes to the war effort.

As Kate Adie said, speaking of her experiences of war, whenever it occurs: (more…)

Financial crime in MENA report 2015

Thomson Reuters and Deloitte launched the first financial crime survey in the MENA region this year. It’s the first survey of compliance professionals in this region, so we were very interested to see the results.

We received responses from over 160 executives across the corporate and financial sectors, with approximately 30% from businesses with over 1000 employees and 30% of businesses had a presence in more than five countries. Two thirds of respondents were actively involved in setting financial crime policy or were leading a team of people involved in financial crime policy for their organization.

Analysis of the responses noted a number of interesting trends: (more…)

Wait, What? Episode 3: You gotta have heart, even if you can’t measure it

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In the latest episode of Wait, What?, the group jumps right into the topic of technology’s impact on sports and athletes. The conversation starts out by quantifying professional and amateur athletes and quickly transitions into “heart” versus analytics. The discussion moves into the topic of the stadium experience associated with professional sports teams and how the events compete with television, video game consoles, and mobile technology.

Also, you might want to stick around after the ending music!

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

Tune into the next show (March 13th) which will cover how movies, books, and other works of fiction drive the creation of innovative technology in the real world. You can listen to the show here and on iTunes here.

Smartphone market share – Graphic of the day

Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones globally in Q4, topping Samsung in the smartphone market for the first time. And while Apple dominates where it matters most (see: profits), it still has a long way to go before surpassing the greater collection of Android smartphones in market share. Today’s graphic looks at smartphone market share by vendor in Q3 and Q4 of 2014.

smartphone market share

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