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SocGen maps new capital landscape

Société Générale maps new capital landscape

October 1, 2013

France's Société Générale has responded to the long-awaited finalisation of European capital regulations with a new contingent convertible structure that could set a marker for the market.

Andrew May, director of estates and hospitality at the University of Hertfordshire

University accommodation bond provides lesson in finance

August 1, 2013

The University of Hertfordshire needed to develop student accommodation without overburdening its own balance sheet. A project bond deal proved to be the answer.

Nuno Alves

Utility energises Portuguese debt markets

July 1, 2013

Energias de Portugal reopened the Portuguese securitisation market in May 2013 with a deal that used a new type of underlying asset for the country and an independent investment bank as sole bookrunner. The company's chief financial officer explains how.

Albaraka steps into Turkish sukuk market

Albaraka steps into Turkish sukuk market

June 3, 2013

Turkey is a relatively new market for sukuk issuance compared with Malaysia and the Middle East, but its Islamic banks are now at the forefront of subordinated sukuk structures, led by Albaraka Turk and its innovative murabaha issue.

Hybrid debut powers National Grid investment plans

Hybrid debut powers National Grid investment plans

May 1, 2013

UK utilities operator National Grid made a highly successful debut in the hybrid market to finance large investment needs without jeopardising its credit ratings.

Panos Kaliabetsos, OTE Group treasury

OTE corporate bond offers hope for Greece

April 2, 2013

At the beginning of 2013, Greek telecoms group OTE launched a €700m bond issue. The largest corporate debt transaction from a Greek borrower since the sovereign debt crisis erupted in 2010, the deal’s success offered stark proof of changing sentiment towards peripheral Europe.

Auckland bond finds warm Swiss welcome

Auckland bond finds warm Swiss welcome

March 1, 2013

Switzerland might not seem a natural market for a New Zealand municipal bond, but Auckland Council found the Swiss franc market a good fit for its needs.

Terra Firma housing deal on solid ground

Terra Firma housing deal on solid ground

February 1, 2013

In difficult market conditions with a heavy existing debt burden, Annington Homes was still able to issue the largest ever debut high-yield bond in the UK.

Slovenia gives hope to eurozone periphery

January 2, 2013

Frozen out of the Eurobond market due to fears over its banking sector and budget deficit, Slovenia managed to find a highly receptive audience on the other side of the Atlantic.

ABN Amro finds favour in Singapore

ABN Amro finds favour in Singapore

December 3, 2012

Needing to raise €3bn in Tier 2 capital at short notice, reborn Dutch bank ABN Amro broke new ground in the Singapore dollar market.

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