• UK M&A to run into national security wall

    UK companies hoping to be involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are heading towards a sea of red tape, with the government due to review around 100 times more transactions a year than before on national security grounds. That could prompt a spree of deals before the proposed measures become law, writes Mike Turner.

    17 Jan 2019
  • Heeding the call: BNPP deal signals new direction for MREL

    European banks have long been tipped to begin using call options as a way of making funding for the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) more efficient. After a blowout deal for BNP Paribas this week, the one year call structure may finally take its place as the new standard for senior debt in the euro market.

    17 Jan 2019
  • Russian sanctions to ease but big fears linger

    The US Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation that would keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminium firm and bond issuer Rusal and London-listed energy company En+. Although many investors and bankers are hailing this as a victory for Russia that could reopen the international capital markets for its issuers, others are concerned that it makes further US sanctions against other Russian entities more likely. Francesca Young and Sam Kerr report.

    17 Jan 2019
  • Where’s the bear? IG bond markets charge into 2019

    High grade bond markets have made a flying start to the year, defying the expectations of a bear market in fixed income following the end of the European Central Bank’s asset purchase programme and tightening of monetary policy in the US. Instead of the expected cautious tone, investors have been fuelling record order books, big deals and strong performance in the secondary markets, write Burhan Khadbai and Nigel Owen.

    17 Jan 2019
  • Climate activists boo Larry Fink’s CEO letter

    Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, became one of the most namechecked people in the responsible investing movement in 2018 when he affirmed that “Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate.”

    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Road to repo beckons for Ghana after TRS trade

    Ghanaian banks’ avenues for dollar funding could be set to grow, after one of the country’s financial institutions entered into a total return swap with Société Générale that soothed over bottlenecks in its repo markets.

    • 17 Jan 2019




  • Moynihan promises hiring at BAML as De Giorgi quits

    Diego De Giorgi has left his post as global head of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, less than four months after his boss and close ally Christian Meissner was ousted as head of corporate and investment banking (CIB) at the US bank.

    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Santander cancels Orcel's CEO appointment over deferred comp cost

    Santander has said it would not be hiring Andrea Orcel as group chief executive after all, because the cost of buying him out of previous compensation awarded at UBS would be too high. But sources close to and away from the situation said that the Spanish bank under Orcel would have also looked to poach other senior UBS employees, potentially sending the buy-out bill spiralling.

    • 15 Jan 2019
  • Italian banks suffer as ECB cracks down on NPL stock

    The European Central Bank has slapped the institutions under its supervision with deadlines for dealing with their stocks of non-performing loans, giving the weakest lenders up to 2027 to raise their coverage levels to 100%. The revelation hit Italian banks hard in the market this week, though some commentators said that the new recommendations should hardly have come as a shock to investors.

    • 17 Jan 2019



  • When markets don't match the reality

    It will probably be recalled as one of the worst quarters since the financial crisis. But the market's anxieties belie an economy where the indicators still look strong.

    • 15 Jan 2019
  • OBG supply can provide political cover for TLTRO III

    Never mind the fact that Italian banks are unable to fund themselves economically. If a few can demonstrate access to the Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite market, the European Central Bank’s impending third targeted long term refinancing operation (TLTRO) might look less like a bailout.

    • 15 Jan 2019

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  • Investment banks gear up for tech coverage revolution

    Technology M&A will continue to power corporate finance activity in 2019 but, as deals increasingly cross sectors, banks are having to re-tool their coverage and break up internal silos, writes David Rothnie.

    • 17 Jan 2019

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  • Who’s afraid of the big bad loans?

    Mere mention of the words non-performing and loans together has the power to make markets quake, regardless of whether the details are good, bad or neutral.

    • 17 Jan 2019
  • When a bad deal leads to no deal, no one wins

    Maintaining confidence in the system relies on trust that leaders — those selected for their competence and character to set the course for the rest of us — are well informed, able to communicate with others at their level and take decisions that serve the interests of those they lead.

    • 17 Jan 2019

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 28,736.25 82 9.49%
2 JPMorgan 26,609.28 77 8.79%
3 Barclays 19,197.35 50 6.34%
4 HSBC 18,884.90 60 6.24%
5 BNP Paribas 18,849.94 38 6.23%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,498.80 2 86.78%
2 Swedbank 160.81 1 1.47%
2 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 160.81 1 1.47%
2 SEB 160.81 1 1.47%
2 Nordea 160.81 1 1.47%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 ING 220.22 2 15.39%
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 220.22 2 15.39%
1 ABN AMRO Bank 220.22 2 15.39%
4 Morgan Stanley 114.77 1 8.02%
4 BNP Paribas 114.77 1 8.02%