WestLB's Trading Lines Cut

  • 14 Apr 2003
Email a colleague
Request a PDF

Bank of America, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank cut all trading lines, including derivatives, with Westdeutsche Landesbank late last month in an attempt to force it to agree to a debt refinancing. The lines were reopened within three days--the Deutsche Bank line was restored March 29, and lines with BofA and Barclays were reinstated over the next two days--the morning after the refinancing closed, says one banker. He noted the lead agents' move meant that WestLB was unable to trade any products with the firms.

The move was a last-ditch attempt to get WestLB to sign up to Reliant Resources' USD5.9 billion make-or-break debt refinancing. Mark Cohen and Chris Kinney, managing directors at Deutsche Bank and Barclays responsible for the refinancing, and Peter Sherman, a financier at BofA who worked on the deal, declined to comment. John Ryan, managing director in WestLB's New York workout team, said "The lead arrangers seemed to over-react to the situation." He declined to discuss details of the spat.

  • 14 Apr 2003

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 417,761.51 1606 9.02%
2 JPMorgan 380,362.89 1737 8.21%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 364,928.71 1322 7.88%
4 Goldman Sachs 269,252.76 932 5.82%
5 Barclays 267,252.43 1082 5.77%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 45,449.36 196 6.56%
2 BNP Paribas 38,734.80 217 5.59%
3 Deutsche Bank 37,615.10 139 5.43%
4 JPMorgan 34,724.19 118 5.01%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 33,835.53 112 4.88%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 22,475.46 105 8.65%
2 Morgan Stanley 19,057.00 101 7.34%
3 Citi 17,812.08 111 6.86%
4 UBS 17,693.89 71 6.81%
5 Goldman Sachs 17,333.10 99 6.67%