Rating the raters: the risks of reform

The European Commission has had it in for ratings agencies for some time. It misguidedly apportions at least some of the blame for the region’s sovereign debt woes on sovereign rating actions. Its revenge is an attempt to decrease the agencies’ influence. Some of its aims are good but cack-handed implementation may bring a whole new set of risks.

  • 15 Nov 2011
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that the European Commission hates ratings agencies, Tuesday’s announcement of its proposals for the sector gave them their answer. The EC said it wants the agencies to be more accountable, more transparent and subject to more competition. And it ...

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Bookrunners of Global Covered Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 UniCredit 8,310.39 68 6.26%
2 HSBC 7,890.10 39 5.94%
3 LBBW 7,461.99 41 5.62%
4 Natixis 5,933.30 28 4.47%
5 Barclays 5,557.78 30 4.18%

Bookrunners of Global FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 42,113.29 211 6.63%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 41,206.10 165 6.49%
3 JPMorgan 36,462.94 178 5.74%
4 HSBC 27,798.67 162 4.38%
5 Morgan Stanley 27,224.67 154 4.29%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 33,960.13 135 11.85%
2 Citi 33,121.38 164 11.55%
3 JPMorgan 29,312.27 137 10.23%
4 Morgan Stanley 19,909.37 108 6.95%
5 Goldman Sachs 17,936.95 177 6.26%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Covered Bond Above €500m

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 LBBW 5,089.85 19 7.10%
2 Natixis 4,918.89 18 6.86%
3 HSBC 4,323.51 15 6.03%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 4,174.25 17 5.82%
5 UniCredit 4,163.16 19 5.81%

Global FIG Revenue

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Morgan Stanley 365.83 497 7.62%
2 JPMorgan 332.66 618 6.92%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 299.89 590 6.24%
4 Goldman Sachs 276.71 375 5.76%
5 Citi 264.54 592 5.51%

Bookrunners of European Subordinated FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Credit Agricole CIB 3,549.81 11 11.28%
2 UBS 3,334.58 12 10.60%
3 Barclays 3,229.69 10 10.26%
4 BNP Paribas 2,554.19 12 8.12%
5 HSBC 1,977.94 14 6.29%