Captain: Martin Fisch, Deutsche Bank
In 2003, at the age of 28, Martin Fisch was appointed head of equity-linked origination at Deutsche Bank, replacing Joseph Manko, who became head of equity syndicate.
Only one month after his appointment as head of the business, Fisch?s team, along with JP Morgan, lead managed the Eu5bn KfW exchangeable bond into Deutsche Telekom. The transaction was the largest ever convertible bond.
Deutsche Bank finished 2003 at the top of Dealogic?s rankings for equity-linked issuance and was voted best European equity-linked bookrunner by International Equity Review.
Fisch started his career at Deutsche in 1998, working for the bank?s technology team. After a year he transferred into the equity-linked business. In 2001 he worked on Vivendi?s Eu4bn monetisation of its holding in UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, still the largest derivatives trade ever.
Though American, Fisch is a loyal supporter of Chelsea football club. He is a graduate of Yale and has also studied at the London School of Economics. Fisch is also in the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team, the European Equity-Linked Bankers Dream Team, and the European Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.
James Eves, UBS
James Eves started his career at JP Morgan in 1989, before moving into ECM origination in 1992. In 1996 he transferred to the equity syndicate desk, and after two years was made head of European equity-linked origination. In 2000 he joined UBS as co-head of European equity-linked, and in 2003 became head of international equity-linked origination.
Last year, Eves? team led the first perpetual convertible bond for a corporate. The $700m issue for Scottish Power won International Equity Review?s equity-linked deal of the quarter award.
Eves is captain of the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team and a member of the European Equity-Linked Dream Team.
Mark Hammarskjöld, Citigroup
Mark Hammarskjöld started out in ECM at Enskilda Securities. Eight years ago he moved to Salomon Smith Barney to join its equity-linked team.
Last year Hammarskjöld worked on German travel company TUI?s Eu385m convertible bond. The deal was the first in Europe to feature a call spread option that allows an issuer to benefit from any rise in its share price above the bond?s conversion price.
In February this year he worked on the $1bn convertible bond of South African mining company AngloGold. The transaction achieved the highest European conversion premium of the year at the time it was completed.
Hammarskjöld, 31, grew up in Switzerland, though he is Swedish. He is also in the European Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.
Jean-François Mazaud, SG CIB
SG CIB?s head of equity-linked origination, Jean-François Mazaud, began his banking career at Banque Indosuez. In 1993 he joined the ECM business of SG CIB, working as an advisor to the French treasury on its privatisation programme. In 1998 he was made a managing director and head of equity-linked business.
Mazaud?s team has worked on over 70 equity-linked deals since he took over, and has twice been voted IER?s best European bookrunner of equity-linked issues.
He is captain of the European Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team, and features in the European Equity-Linked Dream Team and the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.
Simon McGuire, UBS
Simon McGuire started in banking at SG Warburg in 1978, before joining Goldman Sachs in 1984. At Goldman, McGuire established the bank?s equity-linked business and in 1991 wrote ?Handbook of Convertibles?.
In 1995 he returned to UBS as global head of equity-linked, working on a number of convertible issues, including Bell Atlantic?s $3.2bn exchangeable into CWC in 1998 and Siemens? Eu2.9bn convertible in May 2003.
McGuire led the bank to the top of the global equity-linked league tables, with $55.8bn of deals to the bank?s credit for the years 1995 to 2003.
In June 2003, McGuire transferred to UBS?s investment banking business.
McGuire also features in the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.
Saul Nathan, Morgan Stanley
Saul Nathan is a managing director in global capital markets Europe ? which combines equity, debt and leveraged finance ? and is responsible for the firm?s European convertible new issue business, including the Continental Eu350m blowout in May which generated Eu4bn in demand.
Nathan has been a dedicated Morgan Stanley man since he graduated from Cambridge University in 1987. He first joined the bank in London and since then has worked in the equity capital markets team in New York and Tokyo. In 2003, as head of the European equity products group, Nathan was involved in the well received Ericsson rights issue that set the company back on the road to success.
Daniel Palmer, Morgan Stanley
Palmer relocated from London to Hong Kong in 2002 to head up Morgan Stanley?s ECM business in Asia. He was previously in charge of the bank?s European convertible origination business for five years.
In 2001 the bank was ranked number one in convertibles. Last year it topped the league tables for convertibles in Asia Pacific. Palmer, 38, has expanded the firm?s franchise in Asia ? Morgan Stanley executed 12 convertible bonds in 2003 compared to three the year before. Palmer is also in the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team, the Asian ECM Dream Team, and the Asian ECM Origination Dream Team. He is captain of the Asian ECM Equity-Linked Dream Team.
Viswas Raghavan, JP Morgan
Viswas Raghavan?s biography can be found in the European Equity-Linked Dream Team, of which he is captain. He also features in the European Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team, and the European ECM Dream Team.
David Roberts, ABN Amro
David Roberts gained his spurs in Hong Kong with ING Barings ? then one of the most dynamic houses in the Asian equity markets. His achievements from those days include taking ING Barings to a top three position for secondary convertibles trading.
Following a stint at CIBC, Roberts moved on to ABN Amro, where he has been for three years ? initially as head of convertible trading and structuring in Hong Kong and since June 2002 as global head of equity-linked in London. Among his successes, gaining ABN Amro the first equity or equity-linked mandate in Korea for CJ Corp?s convertible in Samsung Life ranks highly. He is also in the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.
Ken Robins, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
Ken Robins started his career at Schroders in 1992, where he worked on equity-linked issues for Pilkington Glass and Anglian Water. In 1996 he joined UBS as head of European equity-linked origination.
He worked on a number of innovative deals, including the first ever European public synthetic equity-linked issue ? a $250m convertible bond for Volkswagen in 1997. In 1998 he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as head of European equity-linked origination, and from 2000 to 2003 he was head of ECM for Australasia.
He joined Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein last year as global head of equity-linked origination. This year he has worked on the Eu1.3bn equity and bond placement for RWE into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.
Peter Warren, Goldman Sachs
Peter Warren started at Goldman Sachs in 1992 as a convertible bond analyst. In 1995 he became head of global convertible research.
In 2000 he moved into the bank?s ECM team, and is now co-head of the European financing group?s combined convertible and corporate equity derivatives business.
Since joining ECM he has worked on the two largest mandatory convertible bonds ever issued, including the Eu2.1bn mandatory convertible issue for German national telephone provider Deutsche Telekom last February.
Warren is also a member of the Global Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team and the European Equity-Linked Origination Dream Team.