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Competition heats up in new-look Asian prime broking market

Mon May 23, 2011

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley still lead, but big increases for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and UBS leave the top five more closely matched than ever

Morgan Stanley has closed the gap on Goldman Sachs over the past year, according to the latest survey of prime brokerage conducted by the AsiaHedge data and research team, leaving the top two firms neck and neck again both by numbers of mandates and by share of client assets in Asia-Pacific hedge funds.

But the next three biggest players – Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and UBS – have all increased their market share too over the past year, leaving the top five more evenly matched than at any time since AsiaHedge started conducting this annual survey.

Behind the top five, both Citi and Bank of America Merrill Lynch also continue to boast significant shares of the market, both by mandates and in terms of assets. And behind them, two of the firms that have been building their presence most actively in the past year or so – Barclays Capital and Newedge –...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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