In the Bleak Midsummer...

We all know about the healing power of laughter, but it's worth also remembering what music can do. With that in mind, EuroWeek offers the market this variant of a favourite Christmas carol, updated for our times.

  • 19 Jul 2011
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In the bleak midsummer, markets gave a groan,
Sovereign yields were soaring, shares sank like a stone,
Debt had risen, debt on debt, deh-eh-et on debt,
In the bleak midsummer, very very wet.

Greek debt, banks do not want it, nor the ECB;
Real money shall flee away, Moody's, S&P.
In the bleak midsummer, adding to the mess,
What better way to make things worse — a test of banking stress.

Banks and central bankers may have gathered there;
Merkel and Tremonti poisoning the air;
But the hedge funds only, in their shorting bliss,
Worshipped widening spreads and the debt crisis.

What can I give Greece, poor as I am?
If I were a banker, I would give a damn,
If I were a Wise Man, I would kick the can,
Yet what I can I give it: give my bonds back as part of a distressed debt tender and thank my lucky stars I've got out of that mess.


(With apologies to Christina Rosetti)

  • 19 Jul 2011

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 358,291.38 1348 9.06%
2 JPMorgan 320,704.66 1461 8.11%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 318,128.31 1104 8.04%
4 Goldman Sachs 236,643.87 789 5.98%
5 Barclays 231,197.41 895 5.84%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 35,007.57 165 6.53%
2 Deutsche Bank 34,880.53 120 6.51%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 31,805.65 97 5.93%
4 BNP Paribas 27,920.60 169 5.21%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 24,398.89 138 4.55%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 19,745.92 80 8.85%
2 Morgan Stanley 16,334.63 83 7.32%
3 Citi 15,972.34 95 7.16%
4 UBS 15,487.17 60 6.94%
5 Goldman Sachs 14,053.61 76 6.30%