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RBS taps into appetite for corporates

RBS taps into growing appetite for corporates

November 1, 2011

As investors flock to the perceived safer ground of corporates at the expense of sovereigns or financials, RBS has been busy successfully utilising the private placement markets in a $1bn deal for caterer Compass Group and the Swiss franc issuance market for utility provider GTS Suez. 

UBS team

UBS pulls off niobium deal for Chinese consortium

October 3, 2011

When Chinese investors sought to secure a supply of niobium metal, UBS had the unique challenge of coordinating five state-owned enterprises to a punishing timetable, all the while taking on board the differing needs of each enterprise. 

HSBC Saudi Arabia

HSBC and SABB pull off landmark sharia-compliant deal in Indonesia

September 1, 2011

It has taken nearly two years, but Indonesian mobile telecoms operator Axis has secured $1.2bn of sharia-compliant financing. For many of the players involved, it was their first dealing with sharia principles, presenting HSBC and its Saudi affiliate with a complex task.

Morgan Stanley's Glencore team

Morgan Stanley digs deep to pass Glencore challenge

August 1, 2011

The listing of Swiss commodity trading and mining group Glencore caused a few headaches for joint global coordinator Morgan Stanley. However, the impressive list of investors it helped secure shows that there is a big global appetite for commodities.

Left to right: Rupert Lewis, Frederic Zorzi and Edoardo Rava

OTE's €500m DCM issue sets Greek challenge for BNP Paribas

June 30, 2011

Issuing in Greece in the current climate is a brave move, but that did not stop telecoms company OTE entering the market earlier this year, thus posing quite a challenge for joint lead manager BNP Paribas.

BAML's Euorpean ECM team

Turkish success for BAML's compressed bookbuild

June 1, 2011

Bank of America Merrill Lynch's European ECM team has had a strong start to 2011, built chiefly around its successful 'compressed bookbuild to refloat an asset' – or Cobra – for BC Partners' Turkish retail business.

TOTM Afren

Afren’s high yield bond attracts energy and emerging market investors

May 4, 2011

Afren's high-yield bond issue earlier this year attracted interest from emerging market investors as well as specialist energy players, two investor groups who rarely overlap in the bond markets.

RBS team of the month

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. 

HSBC's EFSF and EFSM team

European stability issues grab market's attention

February 14, 2011

With all eyes on the eurozone sovereign debt crisis, the success of two consecutive offerings would be critical in underpinning the European response. The market's reaction to the issues from the European Financial Stability Mechanism and European Financial Stability Facility was conclusive.

HSBC's Wataniya Mobile IPO team (l-r): Samer Deghaili, Faaiz Hasan, Michael Bevan and Matthew Amey

Wataniya Mobile's IPO shows Palestine's promise

January 28, 2011

The global interest in HSBC's recent IPO for Palestinian telecoms company Wataniya Mobile was not only a big success for the young telco, but also for Palestine in general, as it showed that the territory is a safe and potentially lucrative destination for capital markets.

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