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  • Bonds braced for Italy referendum fallout

    As if Trump and Brexit were not enough for one year, the latest bout of volatility originating from the political sphere could be triggered this Sunday as Italy heads to the polls to vote on proposed constitutional changes and Austria selects a new president — for which Norbert Hofer, a member of the far-right Freedom party, is in the running.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Levloans eats high yield's lunch as floaters triumph

    Issuance in the European leveraged finance market has been one-sided since the shock result of the US election last month. A notable bond-to-loan trend has prevailed, with sponsor-driven single-B issuance making the loan market increasingly hot, while leaving the high yield market out in the cold. Max Bower reports.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Supply vacuum draws foreign issuers to beef up sterling mart

    As the UK’s banks and building societies retreat from public wholesale funding markets, opportunistic overseas covered bond and RMBS issuers are piling into the sterling market to take advantage of pent up demand, write Bill Thornhill and David Bell.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Opec fuels further rampant linker bid in SSAs

    Rising inflation expectations, as governments switch their focus to fiscal stimulus and central banks move away from extremely loose monetary policy, are boosting demand for inflation linked bonds. Opec’s agreement this week to cut oil production pushed demand even higher. But there are question marks over whether issuers will adapt their funding menus to satisfy the new appetite, writes Craig McGlashan.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Tough talks ahead for regulators as CCPs investigate recovery rules

    Clearing houses, lawyers and derivatives specialists have spent this week poring over Europe’s proposed rules for central counterparty recovery and resolution, with question marks still hanging over how each case will be assessed and how banks should capitalise their exposures.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Nordic ECM bankers hope 2017 can match fireworks of 2016

    In a volatile year for European equity capital markets, with issuance down sharply, the Nordic region has been a bright spot, enjoying its second biggest ever year for issuance. Bankers believe that momentum will carry into 2017.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • Egyptian loans press on despite currency woes

    Though Egypt is reeling from the central bank’s action to float its currency last month two Egyptian borrowers are in the market for hard currency loans this week, but unsecured corporate loans will be slower to come, said bankers.

    • 01 Dec 2016

People and Markets

  • RBS flunks stress test under nightmare litigation assumptions

    Royal Bank of Scotland submitted a revised capital plan after failing the Bank of England’s 2016 stress test this week, with the UK lender’s large potential misconduct fines playing an important role in its poor test performance.

    • 30 Nov 2016
  • Credit Suisse’s trading loss bond slashed RWAs

    Credit Suisse’s catastrophe bond protecting the bank from its own operational risk losses cut more than Sfr1bn from risk-weighted assets in the bank’s Global Markets unit, following an improvement in regulatory treatment. But the Basel Committee looks set to close off this route to cutting capital costs.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • EC unveils last piece of MiFID II puzzle

    The European Commission proposed two delegated acts on Wednesday, finalising the regulatory framework of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, set to enter in force in January 2018.

    • 01 Dec 2016

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  • The FIG Idea: stress to impress

    On the surface, stress tests seem arcane and disconnected from reality. Perhaps they are, but they’re an increasingly important tool for bank regulators around the world.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Five ways equity analysts could do better

    Bank stocks are up 50% from their 2009 lows, but down 30% since a year ago and down 70% from their all-time highs in early 2007. Many equity investors from a decade ago lost their shirt in the banks sector. They can blame macroeconomic shifts for some of this price volatility. But a lot of it is because "the market" doesn't do a great job valuing bank stocks.

    • 29 Jun 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Capital Chaos

    Today’s capital regime for banks is the result of compromise and incrementalism. Hardly a surprise, but the result is unworkable. CFA-qualified, brain-on-a-stick analysts will breeze through a series of 3D Sudoku puzzles, yet struggle to understand the capital situation of a bank.

    • 05 May 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Banging tech? No

    Banks are doing whatever they can to attract some tech company glamour. JP Morgan's CFO Marianne Lake claimed the bank was a tech firm at its investor day on Tuesday. Lloyd Blankfein has made the same claim for Goldman Sachs. Now every self-respecting bulge bracket firm has an in-house incubator — even Commerzbank has a couple. Banks are desperate to inject some Silicon Valley sparkle.

    • 24 Feb 2016

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 28 Nov 2016
1 JPMorgan 343,251.38 1510 8.61%
2 Citi 323,623.21 1201 8.12%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 288,640.84 1039 7.24%
4 Barclays 284,272.60 939 7.13%
5 HSBC 241,990.66 994 6.07%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 29 Nov 2016
1 JPMorgan 41,457.25 68 7.46%
2 HSBC 35,073.34 130 6.31%
3 BNP Paribas 33,854.75 157 6.09%
4 UniCredit 33,033.86 153 5.94%
5 ING 23,664.97 130 4.26%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 29 Nov 2016
1 JPMorgan 17,674.88 93 10.70%
2 Goldman Sachs 14,180.33 72 8.59%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 11,109.11 48 6.73%
4 Morgan Stanley 10,679.86 56 6.47%
5 UBS 9,841.05 49 5.96%