The author: Philippe Espinasse

Philippe Espinasse spent more than 19 years working as a senior investment banker, including for S.G.Warburg (now UBS Investment Bank), Macquarie and Nomura as a Managing Director, Head of Equity Corporate Finance and Head of Equity Capital Markets.

Throughout his prior, banking career, he has successfully completed more than 140 corporate finance transactions, including many billion-dollar privatisation and private sector IPOs, equity and equity-linked fund raisings, real estate investment trusts, infrastructure funds, principal and pre-IPO investments, M&A and advisory transactions, euro- and domestic bond issues, and debt private placements. He has marketed to issuers, and/or executed, capital markets offerings across some 30 jurisdictions.

Philippe lives in Hong Kong, where he now writes and works as an independent consultant. He has also been an Honorary Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (Department of Professional Legal Education) since 2012.

He is the author of "IPO: A Global Guide", a "how to" global guide to executing IPOs, published in English (Hong Kong University Press, April 2011, reprinted in 2012, with a fully revised, expanded, paperback second edition published in September 2014), as well as in simplified Chinese (China Financial & Economic Publishing House, August 2012). He also published another book, "IPO Banks: Pitch, Selection and Mandate", on managing beauty parades and appointing lead underwriters (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014).

Philippe is the joint author, together with Syren Johnstone, of the study manual for IPO sponsor examinations in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute, September 2013). He has taught related courses to several thousand candidates. He is a co-author of the English/simplified Chinese "IPO Guide 2012" (LexisNexis, January 2012) and "Hong Kong IPO Guide 2013" (LexisNexis, December 2012). 

Philippe is also the author of "Hard Underwriting" and "The Traveler", two thrillers set in contemporary Hong Kong (published by P&C Books, September 2015 and September 2016 respectively).

Philippe contributes or has contributed regular columns to the Dow Jones Banking Intelligence global news platform, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and France's leading financial daily L'AgefiHis articles have also been published on, in the Wall Street Journal, on the website of BBC News, in the Nikkei Asian Review, The Peak Magazine and the China Economic ReviewHe pens the "Clawback" column on equity capital markets in Asia for GlobalCapital (published by Euromoney Institutional Investor) and is a member of the Hong Kong Writers Circle.

He has featured in a variety of publications, including L'AgefiBloomberg, Singapore's Business Times, the China Daily, the China Economic Review, China Offshore, CNBC.comThe Edge Singapore, FinanceAsia, Financial News, the Financial Times, GlobalCapital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal, the International Financing Review (IFR), Korea's Maeil Business NewsLe Monde, Quartz, Reuters, the South China Morning Post, Treasury Today and

Philippe has been a keynote speaker at a number of events and conferences, including for CITIC Securities, Maybank Investment BankDealogic, a variety of chambers of commerce in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI), the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts (HKSFA), the University of Hong Kong, Management & Science University (MSU) Malaysia, and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.    

He has also appeared on Bloomberg Television, Channel News AsiaCNBC,, Reuters Television, BBC World News Television, Radio Television Brunei News, on the BBC's World Service radio, Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio and Hong Kong's RTHK radio.

He is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of consultancy P&C Ventures Limited and has also been an Independent, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the audit committee and a Member (former Chairman) of the compensation committee of EnTie Commercial Bank Co., Ltd., a financial institution listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, since 2013. He previously served as a Board member of Macquarie (Hong Kong) Limited.

Philippe is a former Member of the EU, Hong Kong and Macau Financial Services Business Council, a Fellow (FHKSI) of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and a Fellow (FHKIoD) of the Hong Kong Institute of DirectorsHe is an alumni (55th national session) of France's Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN), a think-tank under the aegis of the french Prime Minister, with a focus on defence issues, foreign policy, armaments and defence economics.