Captain: Peter Charles, Citigroup
Peter Charles joined Salomon Brothers to trade corporate Eurobonds in 1993 from Security Pacific Hoare Govett, where he began his banking career in loan syndication five years earlier.
Having spent two years on the bank?s Tokyo desk, where he moved in 1995 to head up the Eurobond and MTN business, Charles was delighted to bring Japanese companies Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp and Tokyo Electric Power Co to the Eurobond market this year.
He returned to the London syndicate desk in 1997 to develop the bank?s primary market business. Two years later he took charge of the corporate syndicate and was made managing director.
Highlights include working on the multi-billion transaction for France Télécom in 2001 as well as the borrower?s refinancing in 2003, which included the first benchmark 30 year corporate bond.
He also worked on Linde?s capital security deal, introducing a new corporate asset to the market in the process.
The 37 year old is married with two daughters, six year old Jade and three year old Jessie. He is a fan of Nottingham Forest football club and enjoys taking his eldest daughter to see them play, despite the fact that she is a Chelsea fan.
He is a gastronome and loves travelling, particularly to the Balearics.
Marco Baldini, Barclays Capital
Marco Baldini joined BZW in 1995 from SG Warburg, moving to the syndicate desk a year later.
Highlighs include the year 2000, when sterling swap spreads in 10 years blew out to around 140bp. Roughly £29bn of sterling arbitrage deals were done and triple-A deals were printed daily.
He was involved in pitching and executing the pioneering 49 year sterling trade for LCR and worked on E.On?s jumbo debut offering. Since 2000, Baldini has focused on corporates.
Baldini is half Italian, spends his holidays in Italy and hopes one day to work in Milan. He rides a Ducati motorbike and is set to marry his fiancée Anouschka next year.
Anthony Barklam, Morgan Stanley
Anthony Barklam joined the syndicate desk at Morgan Stanley from Merrill Lynch, to develop the bank?s sterling business.
Before joining Merrill, Barklam spent eight years at BZW as syndicate manager covering corporate and frequent borrower issuers. He then moved to head the EuroMTN desk.
Now the head of corporate syndicate, Barklam worked on France Télécom?s 30 year trade and RWE?s 30 year offering ? the first in the maturity from a corporate outside the telecom sector. He was at the forefront of the explosion of telecom issuance during 2001 and 2002.
Outside of work, he spends time with his children, Henry, four and Anna, two. He also enjoys horse racing and travelling.
Stuart Bell, ABN Amro
Stuart Bell began his 20 year banking career at SG Warburg where he ran the sterling credit trading business.
After 10 years he joined Luthy, Baillie, Dowsett, Pethick to develop their sterling credit capabilities, moving to Dresdner as head of sterling products when the bank bought the firm in 1996.
He spent 2-1/2 years at CSFB as head of European corporate syndicate before moving to ABN Amro to take control of the European corporate syndicate and sterling credit business last year.
Bell worked on GlaxoSmithKline?s £1bn 30 year and the first euro sterling bond for the World Bank.
He is married with five children and enjoys playing golf and shooting and has a passion for classic cars.
François Bleines, Deutsche Bank
François Bleines joined the corporate syndicate at Deutsche Bank in 2000 from Merrill Lynch and was made head of European corporate syndicate in January of this year.
He joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 after seven years at Merrill Lynch and six at CCF. When he left Merrill, the bank topped the league tables, a position Deutsche took in 1999 and still held at the end of 2003.
Last year he worked on France Télécom?s Eu6bn offering, including the first benchmark 30 year corporate bond, and General Motor?s jumbo offering in June.
He lives in Chelsea with his wife and two children.
His wife is expecting their third child in July.
Martin Egan, BNP Paribas
Martin Egan?s biography can be found in the European Syndicate Dream Team, of which he is captain. Egan also features in the Borrowers? Frequent Issuer Syndicate Dream Team and the Global Syndicate Dream Team.
Lorenzo Frontini, Lehman Brothers
In May 2004, Lorenzo Frontini became head of European syndicate at Lehman Brothers. Until then he had run corporate and financial syndicate.
Frontini joined Citibank as soon as he left university ? he had worked there while doing his thesis. To exempt him from military service, Citibank sent Frontini to London. Having got his degree on Friday February 8, Frontini was at a Citi desk in London on February 11.
Having started in M&A, Frontini joined the debt syndicate desk in July 1995. In June 1997, Lehman Brothers hired him to cover southern Europe.
Until his early 20s Frontini played basketball in Italy?s Serie B.
Martin Hibbert, Deutsche Bank
Martin Hibbert has worked in London, Singapore and Hong Kong during his 18 year career, starting as a credit analyst at Morgan Grenfell in London before moving on to the trading floor. He later transferred to Singapore. After the bank merged with Deutsche, Hibbert joined the syndicate/origination desk, moving to Hong Kong to run syndicate. As the Asian crisis took hold, Hibbert transferred to London and focused on sterling, taking Deutsche?s market share from zero to 9% by 2000. He began working on euro/sterling corporates, and when Stuart Young (qv) retired in May, began covering emerging markets as managing director of the syndicate desk. Hibbert lives in Surrey with his wife and two children.
Robin Stoole, JP Morgan
Rob Stoole joined JP Morgan from Oxford University on an analyst rotation in origination in 1997. His first taste of the syndicate desk was in 1999 for 15 months.
Stoole spent a year working on MTN private placements before returning to syndicate in 2001, when JP Morgan and Chase merged.
He began as a generalist, assuming responsibility for corporate transactions over time. He recalls executing Ecu150m transactions for Italian corporates before the single currency came into play.
Stoole cycles to work from Wandsworth every day, where he lives with his wife, Vanessa, a roadshow co-ordinator at JP Morgan. They have a 16 month old son, Oliver, and a second baby due in July.
Chris Tuffey, Credit Suisse First Boston
Chris Tuffey joined CSFB from school in 1986. His 18 years with the firm include five as head of the Asian debt syndicate in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He returned to the syndicate desk in London in 1998, focusing on emerging markets.
Last year Tuffey took on responsibility for corporates. He worked on Heineken?s debut Eu1.1bn offering, the largest from an unrated corporate, as well as deals for Reuters, Wolters Kluwer, BAT, Elia and Technip.
Out of work, he spends time with his wife Emma and 10 month old son Harry. He can also be found atop his red Ducati 916 motorbike at Brands Hatch. He also features in the Emerging Markets Syndicate Dream Team.
Frederic Zorzi, BNP Paribas
Fred Zorzi came to London in 1995 to join BNP Paribas? syndicate desk at a junior level from Sirius Capital in Monaco, where he worked in M&A.
Five years later he was co-head of corporate syndicate.
In 2000 he left for the syndicate desk at Lehman only to return to BNPP in 2002 to head up the European corporate syndicate.
Zorzi worked on five of the nine 30 year trades last year including France Télécom?s Eu1bn groundbreaking deal in January.
He runs and plays golf but his passion is skiing.
Having skied since he was three and raced at international level, Zorzi, 34, spends every holiday on the slopes.