European Market Sees First Default Swap Inversion

  • 25 Feb 2002
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Default-swap spreads on France Telecom have inverted--the first time that has ever happened in the European credit derivatives market--due to demand from hedge funds seeking to buy short-dated protection to hedge credit risk on the company's short-dated convertible bonds. Mid-market three-year protection was 275 basis points Thursday, while mid-market five-year protection was 255bps according to Chris Francis, head of international credit research at Merrill Lynch. Robert McAdie, structured credit analyst at Lehman Brothers in London, added, "This is an interesting phenomenon that is really being driven by hedge funds in the market."

Analysts attribute the inversion, and the overall spread widening in default-swap spreads relative to their cash bond counterparts (DW, 2/11), to a general rise in risk aversion in recent weeks and a concentrated look at accounting practices, which is hurting debt-laden and acquisitive companies such as France Telecom. This is causing hedge funds, which McAdie said now account for 75% of investors in convertible bonds, to buy credit protection to strip out the credit risk. France Telecom has been the most active European issuer of convertible bonds. Also causing the inversion is demand from collateralized debt obligations structurers, which sell five-year protection on liquid names for inclusion in synthetic portfolios leading to tighter spreads for the five-year, according to Francis.

  • 25 Feb 2002

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 13 Mar 2017
1 JPMorgan 94,925.33 384 8.39%
2 Citi 87,531.58 331 7.74%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 84,341.49 288 7.46%
4 Barclays 75,288.19 241 6.66%
5 Goldman Sachs 68,504.71 208 6.06%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 16 May 2017
1 Deutsche Bank 19,381.65 47 8.82%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 18,968.25 36 8.63%
3 HSBC 18,103.95 50 8.24%
4 BNP Paribas 8,911.57 55 4.05%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 8,885.00 54 4.04%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 23 May 2017
1 JPMorgan 8,714.26 35 8.36%
2 UBS 8,283.47 33 7.95%
3 Goldman Sachs 7,736.57 37 7.42%
4 Citi 6,897.11 46 6.62%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,215.31 24 5.96%