...As It Weighs Starting U.S. Junk Operation

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  • 22 Sep 2003
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ABN AMRO is considering whether to enter the U.S high-yield origination, sales and trading business. Peter O'Malley, managing director and head of U.S. debt capital markets, says the considerations are in a nascent stage and stresses that it may well decide not to start up a junk bond business. O'Malley adds that entering the junk market would be part of the bank's broader goal of moving up in the U.S. debt league tables. That the high-yield market is at a favorable point in the credit cycle is partly why the bank is considering such a move now, he adds. He declines to speculate as to what might trigger the bank to move into high-yield and stresses the considerations will not necessarily lead to such a group.

O'Malley is responsible for the high-grade side and says any sub-investment grade operation would likely be contained within a separate department. The thinking comes as the Dutch bank has made several key hires for its U.S. structured products business in the last year or so as part of a concerted effort to break into the securitization market (BW, 2/24).

On the high-grade side, O'Malley says the bank has led roughly 40 deals so far this year, versus 28 for all of last year. O'Malley says the bank will likely reach a decision in the next six to eight weeks.

  • 22 Sep 2003

GlobalCapital European securitization league table

Rank Lead Manager/Arranger Total Volume $m No. of Deals Share % by Volume
1 BNP Paribas 14,443 29 18.07
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) 8,264 27 10.34
3 Lloyds Bank 7,329 24 9.17
4 Citi 6,748 19 8.44
5 JP Morgan 5,220 8 6.53

Bookrunners of Global Structured Finance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 117,261.12 337 11.07%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 94,721.79 272 8.94%
3 JPMorgan 92,612.23 269 8.74%
4 Wells Fargo Securities 82,597.19 239 7.80%
5 Credit Suisse 69,442.99 183 6.55%