A giant €7.5 billion ($10.9 billion) synthetic balance sheet collateralized debt obligation originated and arranged by Rabobank has landed on the radar. The deal, however, is not going to be publicly sold, according to market chatter.
Best SME 2007 has a fully funded synthetic structure and is backed by a portfolio of approximately 65,000 loans made by Rabobank branches across the Netherlands to small-to-medium enterprises, with a concentration of 26% in the Zuid-Holland region. It is set to price next week.
Rabobank officials in London could not be reached for comment and representatives at the bank’s headquarters in Utrecht, the Netherlands, did not return calls immediately.
Last month, the firm let go its CDO heads in the U.S. Stan Stratton, head CDO banker, and Warren Tong, head CDO trader, both left the company along with Robert Jacques, head of CDO structuring, in a reorganization of the CDO team (TS, 11/19).