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A hare and tortoise story

December 1, 2008

When RZB announced its rights issue in October it was not in response to market pressure, but the final step of a three-year programme to build capital in line with the assets and liabilities of the growing bank. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Strengthening the market’s backbone

November 3, 2008

In October, the World Bank responded to market tensions by proving that highly creditworthy longer-tenor funding was possible with its five-year global bond. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Swiss prove that quality will out

September 1, 2008

A conservative funding structure has helped the Swiss bank retain a strong capital base, while an integrated business model has given it more flexibility. This has enabled it to produce its largest-ever single debt issue. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Japanese investors rally round the rand

August 4, 2008

A successful issue by the International Finance Corporation proves the rand can still attract interest. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Record rights issue in turbulent times

July 1, 2008

Millennium BCP exceeded expectations with a $1.3bn rights issue in April despite a cooling market and tough regulation, writes Edward Russell-Walling.

Investors wowed by Georgian bond issue

June 2, 2008

Edward Russell-Walling reports on how Georgia’s first ever issue on the international bond market was a resounding success.

Rush of orders in a tricky market

May 5, 2008

A desire for liquidity drove Wolters Kluwer to issue a 10-year bond last month in an otherwise barren market. It was lapped up by investors.

National Grid bites the bullet

April 7, 2008

The UK’s largest energy utility, National Grid Gas, tentatively reopened the sterling corporate bond market earlier this year, in the face of unfavourable conditions. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Belgium stands out in syndication style

March 4, 2008

Edward Russell-Walling reports on how Belgium kept its nerve despite increasing market instability.

Unlikely timing pays off for SEB

February 4, 2008

Edward Russell-Walling reports on how SEB managed to sell €500m of hybrid capital securities in the midst of a market low-point.

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