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Tempers flare as banks vie for EU bond glory

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Tempers flare as banks vie for EU bond glory

The delayed launch of the European Commission’s vast funding programme has thrown bond bankers into a fever of anticipation. The immense prestige of a programme of such international importance, as well as the sizeable fees to be won, means they are under huge pressure to develop strong relationships with the EC and win mandates. Some are beginning to vent frustration.

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    Bondholders split on Zambia debt breather

    Zambia’s request to defer payment on $3bn of its Eurobonds is the first potential default by an African government during the coronavirus crisis. The process has been poorly managed, say sources close to the matter, throwing into doubt Zambia's chances of winning leniency, the vital first step to avoiding a messy hard default. Mariam Meskin reports.

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  • Tempers flare as banks vie for EU bond glory

    Tempers flare as banks vie for EU bond glory

    The delayed launch of the European Commission’s vast funding programme has thrown bond bankers into a fever of anticipation. The immense prestige of a programme of such international importance, as well as the sizeable fees to be won, means they are under huge pressure to develop strong relationships with the EC and win mandates. Some are beginning to vent frustration.

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Southpaw
by David Rothnie

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