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TEASER-Germanys hidden lending shortfall

Germany’s hidden lending shortfall

July 2, 2012

The availability of bank credit for small and medium-sized enterprises is often seen as a relative strength of the German economy, but borrowers themselves seem to harbour anxieties about their banks.

Convertible bond feeds Dialog's growth story

May 1, 2012

A convertible bond enabled technology company Dialog to raise funds fast, while significantly broadening its investor base and keeping dilution within fixed limits.

SocGen moves fast to make most of DCM boom

SocGen's DCM team makes most of bank disintermediation trend

April 2, 2012

Thus far, 2012 has witnessed a marked trend of corporates eschewing bank lending and turning instead to the debt capital markets. By acting quickly, the DCM team at SGCIB has put itself at the forefront of many of these deals.

Europe’s sovereign-linked issuers adapt to the new normal

March 1, 2012

The eurozone sovereign debt crisis has not just affected national treasuries, but also European supranationals and government-related entities. Philip Alexander hears from a range of larger and smaller borrowers across the eurozone and beyond.

Will aircraft pfandbriefe take international flight?

February 1, 2012

The creation of a new class of pfandbrief backed by aircraft loan collateral is set to take off in 2012, and given the reliability of this type of covered bond, this could arouse particular interest from outside its domestic German market.


Remaking the eurozone

January 3, 2012

Keeping Greece in and allowing massive European Central Bank intervention are the best ingredients for saving the eurozone. But the case for common eurozone bonds is less clear.


Germany returns to structured products centre stage

May 4, 2011

The German structured products market is growing steadily again and providers are involved in an intense battle for market share.

Commerzbank's bold move is a blueprint for other German banks

March 23, 2011

Commerzbank’s bold liability management exercise – the first to address Basel III at both ends of the capital structure – shows that banks need not wait for national and European regulators to finalise minimum capital requirements. It also serves as a possible blueprint for Germany’s other banks to strengthen their capital base.

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E.ON sets new precedent for German buybacks

March 17, 2011

E.ON's recent liability management exercise shows that German companies can indeed successfully tender for outstanding debt, and may encourage others to follow. 

German banks

German banks feeling the strain

December 23, 2010

Rescue packages and a rebounding economy have stabilised the German banking system. But it remains vulnerable to weak profitability, low-quality capital and exposure to cyclical industries abroad. Moreover, some believe that even the crisis has failed to force structural change. Writer Geraldine Lambe

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