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  • Investors flock to first aircraft ABS since Covid outbreak

    Investors flock to first aircraft ABS since Covid outbreak

    Global Jet Capital priced the first aircraft ABS deal since the pandemic, testing the waters with a unique deal backed by diversified and newer business jets linked to high net worth individuals. Although the transaction was well received by investors, it will still be some time before more conventional aircraft deals see demand rebound.

  • Tulp mandates banks for second Dutch RMBS

    Tulp mandates banks for second Dutch RMBS

    Tulp Hypotheken has mandated HSBC as arranger and BNP Paribas as joint-lead manager for Tulip Mortgage Funding 2020-1, the issuer’s second ever deal following its 2019 debut.

  • Standard Bank secures Chinese loan in shrunken market

    Standard Bank secures Chinese loan in shrunken market

    South Africa's Standard Bank has raised a syndicated loan from a consortium of Chinese lenders. The transaction marks one of the few spots of activity in a market that has almost halved in size this year.

  • Michelin gets blowout demand for €1.5bn trade

    Michelin gets blowout demand for €1.5bn trade

    Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin, the French tyre company, won more than €10bn of demand for its €1.5bn bond issue on Monday, as a growing number of corporate bankers expect to see European high grade spreads return to pre-Covid 19 levels.

  • EIB plans final public outing of 2020

    EIB plans final public outing of 2020

    The European Investment Bank hit screens on Monday afternoon to announce what will be its final benchmark deal of the year, with the issuer set to use every inch of its €70bn borrowing authorisation for 2020.

  • MuHyp to issue rare 20 year Pfandbrief

    MuHyp to issue rare 20 year Pfandbrief

    Muenchener Hypothekenbank has mandated leads for a rare 20 year covered bond benchmark, the first from a German issuer this year and only the third from the whole market. Rates have collapsed rendering the recently popular 15 year tenor less attractive.

  • Investors spot a silver lining in record retained covered bond issuance

    Investors spot a silver lining in record retained covered bond issuance

    Investors are sanguine about the fact that covered bonds pledged for repo with central banks hit a new record this year. Although issuers acknowledge the need to appear regularly with benchmarks in the public market, some have scaled back, but this is likely to prove temporary.

  • A second wave for coronavirus-themed bank bonds?

    A second wave for coronavirus-themed bank bonds?

    As Europe moves into a second wave of coronavirus cases, banks could soon return to the market with more Covid-themed bond issuance. However, issuers that do choose to tap the market may find themselves competing with the European Union.

  • Tax rethink will completely change Swiss bond 'side dish', says departing veteran Ronald Hinterkircher

    Tax rethink will completely change Swiss bond 'side dish', says departing veteran Ronald Hinterkircher

    Ronald Hinterkircher, who is retiring from the Swiss franc bond market after a 40 year career, has told GlobalCapital that digitalisation and the possible removal of the withholding tax for foreign investors could change the market over the next few years. But with the European Central Bank propping up the euro bond market, arbitrage opportunities for international companies in Swiss francs are vanishingly slim.

  • Covid-19 equity raises could be subject of litigation

    Covid-19 equity raises could be subject of litigation

    Companies raising equity in the UK this year — amid a very uncertain outlook for business prospects — may risk opening themselves up to claims related to the information they disclose or do not disclose, according to lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills.

  • Dealogic parent preps to strip out costly private debt as strong results cut leverage

    Dealogic parent preps to strip out costly private debt as strong results cut leverage

    Ion Investment Group is preparing to combine its Dealogic and Mergermarket units under a single corporate entity, ION Analytics, and refinance the group’s expensive private debt raised last year with a cheaper, broadly syndicated loan package across dollars and euros. A strong performance over the last year should encourage investors to look past the group’s previous struggles with access to the public markets.

  • Data shows only 18 loans swapped Libor for new rates as deadline looms

    Data shows only 18 loans swapped Libor for new rates as deadline looms

    European syndicated loan bankers say they are confident that the market is headed towards a tipping point in its transition from Libor, despite new data that showed just 18 publicly announced deals in markets that use Libor have signed or been amended to reference risk-free rates.

  • Italian BTPs rally after surprise upgrade with green framework and dollar bond expected soon

    Italian BTPs rally after surprise upgrade with green framework and dollar bond expected soon

    Italian government bonds rallied across the curve on Monday after S&P upgraded its outlook on the sovereign on Friday in response to the country’s extraordinary fiscal measures and support from the European Central Bank’s asset purchase programme and the European Union’s incoming recovery fund. The positive sentiment bodes well for the imminent publication of Italy’s green bond framework and plans to return to the dollar market in the coming weeks.

  • Soltec Power IPO to price at top of the range

    Soltec Power IPO to price at top of the range

    The IPO of Soltec Power, the Spanish maker of solar trackers for renewable energy generation, is due to be priced at €4.82, the top of the initial range, after attracting strong demand from investors keen to add stocks with strong ESG credentials to their portfolios during the pandemic.

  • P&M Notebook: scorecards out for Barclays and UBS

    P&M Notebook: scorecards out for Barclays and UBS

    UBS enjoyed a successful third quarter for debt capital markets, its results last week showed, as it racked up 63% more in revenue than in the third quarter of 2019, according to GlobalCapital's estimate.

  • Mexican telco to test appetite for Lat Am debutants

    Mexican telco to test appetite for Lat Am debutants

    Total Play Telecomunicaciones, the Mexican telecommunications company, is approaching international bond investors for the first time. With some EM investors saying they are ready for a pre-US election lull in bond issuance and mixed fortunes for recent new Latin America deals, it could provide a good test of the state of play in the region’s primary markets.

  • Golub prices first TALF CLO but Fed program still lacks appeal, sources say

    Golub prices first TALF CLO but Fed program still lacks appeal, sources say

    Golub Capital priced the first CLO to take advantage of the Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility last week, selling a $678m static transaction arranged by Société Générale backed by a pool of mostly middle market loans. The deal, expected to close on October 30, may pave the way for more middle market managers to tap TALF funds, but sources remain skeptical that the program will have much impact on the wider CLO space.

  • Greece looking to capitalise on Pepp to complete curve

    Greece looking to capitalise on Pepp to complete curve

    Greece hit the market this week with a €2bn tap, neatly threading a needle between the EU’s jumbo debut and a hefty 30 year from Italy. But unlike other sovereigns, the exercise was not a scramble for cash to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

  • MTN investors on hold ahead of election

    MTN investors on hold ahead of election

    A number of MTN investors are waiting for the result of the US election before committing themselves to the market, meaning next week is set to be a quiet one.

  • Bank supply to be muted ahead of US election

    Bank supply to be muted ahead of US election

    Despite a recent deal surge, investors and issuers are set to pull away from the primary market with just one full week left to go before the US presidential election.

  • Goldman, BofA take most of mammoth mortgage bond bidlist

    Goldman, BofA take most of mammoth mortgage bond bidlist

    Cerberus Capital Management drew strong demand for its 48-line item bidlist of mezzanine mortgage bonds on Thursday, with winning bids for most of the bonds in the nearly day-long sale going to Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, sources tell GlobalCapital.

  • Barclays boasts of share gains in markets

    Barclays boasts of share gains in markets

    Barclays enjoyed a record quarter in equities, but in its advisory and equity capital markets it lagged behind competitors, it showed in third quarter results on Friday.

  • China issuers sneak into closing bond window

    China issuers sneak into closing bond window

    A host of Chinese issuers found one of the last windows to sell bonds on Thursday ahead of the US presidential elections at the beginning of November and a public holiday in Hong Kong early next week.

  • Lufax launches roadshow for $2.36bn US IPO

    Lufax launches roadshow for $2.36bn US IPO

    Lufax Holdings, a personal finance services platform, has opened books for its offering of American depositary shares (ADS). It is aiming to raise up to $2.36bn.

  • Suriname to miss coupon payment, engage IMF amid liquidity squeeze

    Suriname to miss coupon payment, engage IMF amid liquidity squeeze

    Suriname’s new government said on Thursday that it would not make a coupon payment due next Monday on its $550m of 9.25% 2026s as it prepares for restructuring discussions. But with the Surinamese economy capable of generating high levels of hard currency, the focus could be on liquidity relief rather than principal haircuts.

  • Millicom, BRF find bid but Lat Am lull begins

    Millicom, BRF find bid but Lat Am lull begins

    Two corporate deals on Monday and a tiny tap from a Paraguayan beef exporter on Wednesday were all investors had to choose from in Latin American primary bond markets this week as issuance remains light ahead of the US elections next month.

  • Science-based targets could help banks wrestling with climate risk

    Science-based targets could help banks wrestling with climate risk

    UK banks and building societies are struggling with difficult aspects of incorporating climate change into their risk management, as demanded by the regulator, a PwC survey has found. The answer to some of their problems could be a non-risk initiative: science-based targets.

  • UK moves early to dispel fears about bank capital buffers

    UK moves early to dispel fears about bank capital buffers

    Markets rejoiced this week after the Bank of England proposed policy changes that will make it harder for UK lenders to run into automatic restrictions on their additional tier one coupons and equity dividends. The move was seen as a way of addressing concern about ‘buffer usability’, which has come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • EU big fish breaches at last with historic SURE splash

    EU big fish breaches at last with historic SURE splash

    After months of waiting as even the great whites of the SSA oceans kept clear of primary bond sales in anticipation, the EU — now a bond market megalodon by comparison — cruised into a bait ball a quarter of a trillion euros big this week to take a €17bn bite out of its enormous pandemic recovery borrowing programme. Lewis McLellan and Bill Thornhill report.

  • Will the Next Gen loans be needed?

    Europe’s bevy of recovery lending packages is undoubtedly a welcome gesture, but it may remain just that — a gesture. If trends continue as they are, some countries may prefer market lending to concessional loans from Europe.

  • CFTC and BoE tie up clearing agreement

    The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Bank of England signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday regarding the oversight of derivatives clearing.

  • JP Morgan and Capula execute Sonia trade on Tradeweb

    JP Morgan and Capula have executed a Sonia swap against a Gilt future on Tradeweb, in what the trading venue provider says is the first electronic execution of such a trade for institutional investors.

  • Raiffeisen prints Swissie bail-in bond

    Raiffeisen prints Swissie bail-in bond

    Raiffeisen Schweiz brought a rare Swiss bail-inable bond to the market on Thursday, issuing Sfr325m ($358.3m) across two tranches to help replenish its capital structure.

  • World Bank seizes ‘perfect’ timing for $6bn jumbo deal

    World Bank seizes ‘perfect’ timing for $6bn jumbo deal

    The World Bank sold its second supersized bond of 2020 as it capitalised on a calm market and a lack of competing supply in dollars this week, as well as leaning on the strength of its name, which continues to attract new investors looking to make an impact investment.

  • Two EM deals pulled in a week, but last chance market open, say investors

    Two EM deals pulled in a week, but last chance market open, say investors

    Two EM bond issuers beat hasty retreats from the primary market this week. But despite the challenges the pair faced, bankers and investors believe the market is open for borrowers looking to pick up a bit of funding ahead of what is expected to be a tortuous US election. Lewis McLellan reports.

  • Upstart broker rocks up in Schuldschein to spur secondary trading

    Upstart broker rocks up in Schuldschein to spur secondary trading

    The secondary market in Schuldscheine is rudimentary, partly as the arranging banks have never wanted to encourage it. But a little known brokerage firm is quietly acting as a go-between, helped by its contacts with non-traditional investors, writes Silas Brown.

  • Senior trio make most of opportunistic window

    Senior trio make most of opportunistic window

    Three banks rode out a volatile bond market this week, printing senior deals amid positive sentiment caused by talks making it seem an agreement about a new US Covid-19 stimulus package was closer on Tuesday.

  • Cerberus challenges market to digest flood of mezz

    Cerberus Capital Management auctioned off one of the largest ever portfolios of UK mezzanine mortgage bonds on Thursday, following a deterioration in the terms available in the ABS repo market after the Covid crisis made it uneconomic to continue to hold the deeply subordinated and risky positions.

  • Indian dual recourse flies as covered bond hopes build

    Indian dual recourse flies as covered bond hopes build

    Dual recourse structures have become increasingly popular in India after last year’s debut from Kogta Finance. And with the sanctity of bankruptcy remoteness successfully tested in the courts, sentiment towards such structures has improved further. This could help pave the way for a national champion bank to test appetite for Indian covered bonds, which would offer the country's lenders a source of long-term diversified funding that they can't get from deposits.

  • Italy takes €90bn book for 30 year

    Italy takes €90bn book for 30 year

    The strong momentum in the euro public sector bond market continued on Thursday with Italy receiving a huge reception for a new 30 year line, which was sold alongside a tender of various outstanding Italian government bonds.

  • A2A breaks Italian long maturity yield record

    A2A breaks Italian long maturity yield record

    A2A, the Italian multi-utility, pre-funded for 2021 with a €500m trade on Wednesday with what the lead claims is the lowest yield for a deal of its type, as the company prepares to unleash its new business plan that will see it printing more green and sustainability-linked debt.

  • People moves in brief

    People moves in brief

    Makinson Cowell joins Lazard — Vikas Seth moves into vice-chairman role at HSBC — Fernando Vicario picked as CEO of BofA's EU bank

  • Permira splashes cash on Lowell rescue ahead of 2021 NPL splurge

    Permira splashes cash on Lowell rescue ahead of 2021 NPL splurge

    Permira opted to rescue its debt purchasing portfolio company Lowell from the restructuring that many thought was imminent, with the largest slug of equity support any sponsor has injected in Europe since the coronavirus pandemic began. Covid-19 has crushed cashflows for some debt purchasers, but next year should be a bumper year for NPL buying — for those firms with cash to do so, writes Owen Sanderson.

  • Unibail cash call threatened as rebel alliance swells stake

    Unibail cash call threatened as rebel alliance swells stake

    Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s rights issue is under increased threat from a group of rebel shareholders that disagree with the company’s vision to reset its business. These shareholders have rapidly surpassed the 5% threshold, according to a filing with the with the Autorité des Marches Financiers, after which they have to disclose their holdings.

  • Window closing for euro ABS primary

    Window closing for euro ABS primary

    Most euro ABS issuers are holding off on new deals until the results of upcoming US presidential election, according to sources, with about only a one month window of opportunity in November between the election and intensifying Brexit headline risk.

  • Soltec Power rides ESG momentum with €150m IPO

    Soltec Power rides ESG momentum with €150m IPO

    Soltec Power Holding, the Spanish maker of solar trackers for renewable energy generation, has narrowed the price range for its IPO on the Spanish Stock Exchange, after the deal was covered shortly after the launch of bookbuilding earlier this week.

  • DZ hits covered bond sweet spot with well-timed Pfandbrief

    DZ hits covered bond sweet spot with well-timed Pfandbrief

    DZ Hyp returned to the covered bond market for the fourth time this year on Thursday to issue a €1bn eight year mortgage Pfandbrief. The deal showed that any uncertainty over the relative value of covered bonds has been firmly swept away after the European Union’s blow out debut earlier this week.

  • Canal+ Polska launches Warsaw IPO

    Canal+ Polska launches Warsaw IPO

    Emerging market IPOs have been one of the hottest themes in EMEA equity capital markets this year and issuance is set to continue as Canal+ Polska, the Polish television network owned by French TV service Canal+, launched its IPO on Thursday.

  • Ant comes closer to jumbo listing as investors vie for $35bn deal

    Ant comes closer to jumbo listing as investors vie for $35bn deal

    China’s Ant Group kicked off marketing for its Hong Kong and Shanghai dual listing on Thursday, the last stage before launching a possible $35bn IPO, set to be the world’s largest to date. The combined offering is already more than a third covered by onshore investors, with global buyers lining up for the rest. Addison Gong and Jonathan Breen report.

  • Updated: HK regulator fines Goldman $350m for 1MDB failures

    Updated: HK regulator fines Goldman $350m for 1MDB failures

    Hong Kong’s securities watchdog has fined Goldman Sachs $350m for regulatory failures in its work on bonds issued by the scandal-hit Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB, part of a multi-billion-dollar settlement with global regulators.

  • When a rose by any other name is asked to leave

    The theory of nominative determinism states that people tend to take jobs that fit their names: John Baker becomes a baker, Ted Milk becomes a dairy farmer, Fakey McBlowhard becomes a politician. But there are also names that are valuable, not so much because they affect your career choices but because there’s a good chance you might get confused for someone else.

  • Rabo finds a way to reward its Certificate holders

    Rabo finds a way to reward its Certificate holders

    Rabobank intends to make an exceptional distribution on its equity-like Certificates and will avoid breaching the European Central Bank’s dividend ban by paying its investors in more Certificates rather than in cash.

  • eBay Classifieds underlines strength of final market window

    eBay Classifieds underlines strength of final market window

    The €2.6bn financing for Adevinta’s purchase of eBay Classifieds looks set to be a blowout success, with sharp tightening across all tranches underlining the bid for quality credits enduring limited pandemic impact. The deal’s double-B rating helps attract rating-sensitive investors who have seen their portfolios pummelled this year by Covid-related downgrades.

  • Advisory shop moves over from KPMG to Lazard

    Advisory shop moves over from KPMG to Lazard

    Makinson Cowell, a company that advises on equity capital markets and investor relations, has joined Lazard, in a move that the investment bank says strengthens its UK financial advisory business.

  • Dim sum market surprises as ADBC sees hot demand for rare 10 year

    Dim sum market surprises as ADBC sees hot demand for rare 10 year

    Agricultural Development Bank of China returned to the offshore renminbi market this week with a Rmb5.7bn ($854m) triple-tranche transaction. The deal featured a rare 10 year tenor in the dim sum market, showing the potential for more long-dated CNH funding. Addison Gong reports.

  • Asian bond issuers set frenetic pace

    Asian bond issuers set frenetic pace

    Asia’s dollar bond market has seen a big bump up in volumes this month, as issuers rush to get ahead of the US presidential elections and take advantage of still supportive markets. DCM bankers are expecting a much quieter year end — but they admit anything can happen. Morgan Davis reports.

  • Levfin bankers optimistic as liquidity returns

    Levfin bankers optimistic as liquidity returns

    Leveraged finance bankers coping with a slump in deal flow in Asia this year are gearing up for a bumper start to 2021, as a return of liquidity and growing interest from institutional investors for loans set the stage for a market revival. Pan Yue reports.

  • London landlord Shaftesbury taps investors for £300m

    London landlord Shaftesbury taps investors for £300m

    Shaftesbury, the UK real estate investment trust that owns swathes of London’s West End, is tapping its shareholders for almost £300m ($392m) amid a severe downturn in the theatre district because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • UOB goes tight in Aussie dollars

    UOB goes tight in Aussie dollars

    United Overseas Bank achieved the tightest spread for a five year floating rate bank issue in Australian dollars in over 10 years this week, issuing A$750m ($532.0m) to prove that there is still demand at decade-low levels.

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