Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) won a landslide victory in May 2014 that brought with it hopes of India’s economic revival. But the new prime minister will have to tackle the country’s corruption and bureaucracy if he wants his financial reforms to work. 

The Big Picture

  • HDFC wakes up Masala market with largest outing

    Housing Development Finance Corp (HDFC) sealed the year’s first offshore rupee-denominated bond and the largest so far from an Indian name, pricing the Rp33bn ($504m) notes tighter than its onshore curve, said bankers.

    • 27 Mar 2017
  • Banks in talks with Jindal for $760m restructuring

    India’s Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) is negotiating with lenders to extend maturities on syndicated and bilateral loans worth a total of about $760m, according to sources. With commodity prices having come out of last year’s lows, lenders are thawing to the sector but will continue to approach it with caution, writes Shruti Chaturvedi.

    • 23 Mar 2017
  • IRDAI outlines insurance investments in Reits, InvITs

    India’s insurance regulator has come out with guidelines for insurers looking to invest in real estate and infrastructure investment trusts (Reits and InvITs), as the country continues its march towards the introduction of these asset classes.

    • 17 Mar 2017
  • Agarwal’s mando for Anglo stake-build puzzles ECM bankers

    A bold £2bn mandatorily exchangeable bond issue for Anil Agarwal, founder and chairman of Vedanta Resources, captured global headlines on Wednesday and Thursday as he used it to buy a stake of about 12% in Anglo American, the mining group.

    • 16 Mar 2017

Comment

  • RBI longer-dated debt gambit pays off

    When the Reserve Bank of India brought in guidelines that forced borrowers to hedge shorter-dated debt in a bid to encourage longer-term financing, it was met with an outcry about the feasibility of such a plan. But now that Power Finance Corp is out for a 10 year borrowing and set to receive a strong reception, it appears the central bank’s tough stance is paying off.

    • 14 Mar 2017
  • RBI: trust Indian banks to let the right ones in

    The successful placement of an outbound acquisition financing for Indian company Intas Pharmaceuticals has put the spotlight on rules barring Indian banks from supporting local M&A. Intas’s loan has demonstrated that the country’s lenders are well positioned to structure and distribute complex deals with cross-border elements. It’s time for the regulator to rethink rules on domestic transactions.

    • 21 Feb 2017
  • India needs to get real on budget expectations

    India is aiming for a record Rp725bn ($10.8bn) in divestment proceeds in the new financial year starting April. But it is no secret that these are targets the government is unlikely to meet, with the country having consistently over promised and under delivered. Ambition is admirable, but it is time the government got realistic.

    • 07 Feb 2017

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 18.01
2 Everbright Securities 16.95
3 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 10.59
4 HSBC 6.99
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 6.36

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 19 Apr 2017
1 China International Capital Corp Ltd 5,979.41 23 8.62%
2 CITIC Securities 5,733.11 24 8.26%
3 Goldman Sachs 4,331.34 14 6.24%
4 China Securities Co Ltd 3,641.05 21 5.25%
5 UBS 3,599.31 16 5.19%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 25 Apr 2017
1 HSBC 13,882.10 82 9.23%
2 Citi 10,522.80 65 6.99%
3 JPMorgan 9,780.84 52 6.50%
4 Morgan Stanley 7,857.74 38 5.22%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 7,535.94 47 5.01%

Asian polls & awards

  • RMB internationalisation: 10 questions for the market, part 2

    Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the final five questions.

  • RMB internationalisation: 10 questions for the market, part 1

    Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the first five questions.

  • Made in China: The best banks and deals of 2016

    You know who won, now find out why. GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney present the extended results of our 2016 China Deals and Investment Bank of the Year awards, recognising achievement both on and offshore.

  • Asia’s standout deals

    GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney present the extended results for our 2016 Best Country Deals. Discover why these bond, equity and loan transactions delivered outstanding outcomes for issuers and investors.

  • Aussie award winners: The best banks and deals of 2016

    The names have been announced, now find out why they stood out from the crowd. GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney present the extended results for our 2016 Australia Deals and Investment Bank of the Year awards, recognising achievement in equities, bonds, loans and investment banking.