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Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Lehman, Schroders,

According to research firm Dealogic, Citigroup topped the league table for fees for advising on private-equity deals in the Asia Pacific region last year. The firm earned $85m, and was followed by Nomura ($50m), and Credit Suisse ($43m). Citi is also favourite to top this table again in 2006, after getting off to a flying start to the year.

Bank of America, BarCap, Enron, HSBC, Schroders

Bank of America is said to be close to settling an investigation into alleged money laundering through New York. According to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, around $2bn was moved through New York branches of the Bank from South Africa. Prosecutors are thought to be close to finalising a deal, which may cost the bank up to $25m.

Citigroup Boss Quashes Spin-Off Rumours

The Wall Street Journal reports that Citigroup boss Chuck Prince has said that 'he doesn't expect the company to shed any of its major business lines', despite rumours that a break-up of the financial giant is the only thing that will move the Citigroup share price.

BNP, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Dresdner, Fortis

The Financial Times reports that French bank BNP Paribas is to acquire the Paris-based private banking unit of Dexia in a deal worth around $263m. According to the newspaper, the purchase will increase BNP's private banking assets to around $184bn, taking the bank into the top 10 private banks worldwide.

Jefferies, Lehman, Morgan S, NatWest 3, Cowen , Soros

Jefferies & Co announced Thursday the hiring of three additional senior investment bankers into the firm's transportation, oil service and infrastructure group in New York and London. Anne-Cristin, Nick Davies and Andrew Meigh all come aboard as MDs, and all three join after stints at HSBC.

Best Loved Hotel Competition - The Result

On offer to the winner of this month's Best Loved-sponsored Here Is The City quiz is a two-night stay for two at the Feathers (including breakfast and dinner on one of the nights), a privately owned 17th century hotel in the heart of Woodstock.

Billy Big Bonus

Goldman Sachs announced its fourth quarter profits Tuesday - and earned more money in any one year than any investment bank EVER.



Pot Of Gold

CEO Pay! What Do They Really Make ?

There needs to be more transparency in the way companies value the compensation of their chief executives, said former Playboy chief Christie Hefner, now at the Center for American Progress.