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Sturm und Drang

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

While the latter part of last week descended into frenzied volatility, some parts of the bond markets had already been enduring hardships of their own, even before events unfolded in their full and awful majesty on Wednesday.

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BOC's US$6.5bn AT1 leads the way

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Lianting Tu

Bank of China braved a torrid market last week to sell a landmark US$6.5bn offering of Basel III-compliant Additional Tier 1 preference shares and, with it, open the door to a new asset class for China.


Volatility puts the brakes on IPOs

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

The year might already be over for ECM bankers – in mid-October. Last week’s broad-based and dramatic corrections in asset prices saw IPOs postponed or cut in size across the world and if markets don’t quickly find stability, the considerable pipeline of deals scheduled for the rest of the year may prove impossible to bring to market.


Non-dollar sectors open doors to LatAm

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By , Paul Kilby

Latin American borrowers are eyeing a broad set of alternative funding options in non-dollar markets that are becoming increasingly receptive to the region’s credits.


Oil price drop fuels Venezuela fears

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

Tumbling oil prices caused Venezuela’s international bonds to slide to five-year lows last week, re-igniting fears of a potential default for the dollar-strapped sovereign.


Test fears hit German sub bonds

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

Deeply subordinated debt issued by German Landesbanken lost as much as 10 price points last week as investors factored in the possibility that debt issued by banks that fail Europe’s coming stress tests will suffer painful haircuts.


UK debuts landmark Dim Sum

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By , Lianting Tu,

The United Kingdom last week became the first foreign country to issue offshore renminbi bonds, with a smoothly executed offering that reflected the Chinese currency’s growing global appeal and London’s efforts to become a trading hub for the currency.


Allowance clampdown presents dilemma

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

Investment banks face the difficult choice of cutting the overall pay packages of their most senior bankers or swallowing a big increase in their fixed costs after the European Banking Authority ruled that discretionary allowance payments breached bonus rules in the region.

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EC 'drops' CDS probe

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

Goldman Sachs believes part of the antitrust investigation by the European Commission into the credit default swaps market has been “suspended indefinitely”, according to its latest quarterly SEC filing.

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People & Markets

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New Fitch tool to help assess AT1 risks

20 October 2014

Fitch Ratings has launched an interactive tool to help investors better value Additional Tier 1 and Tier 2 contingent capital bonds under various hypothetical scenarios, following regulatory criticism that the instruments are too complex.

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Trading rebound boosts US banks

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

A spike in volatility in late July and August pulled clients from the sidelines and brought trading floors to life, giving US investment banks a welcome boost in the third quarter and confounding expectations for a dull summer in fixed income and equities.

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Banks not shaken by DCM slump

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

Fees from debt underwriting took a hit in the third quarter as both high-grade and high-yield issuance slumped, signalling that the debt capital market fee boom that has boosted many banks may finally be coming to an end.

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​Credit Suisse promotes Amine and O'Hara

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

Jim Amine and Tim O’Hara have been promoted to the executive board of Credit Suisse and have been asked to run the Swiss lender’s investment bank together with existing co-head Gael de Boissard.

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The Hunt for Red Sixteen

IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

Is the tech sector more utility than Wild West?

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    ESM prepares benchmark amid sovereign volatility

    IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

    The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is expected to sell its first benchmark issue since May this week, having sent out RFPs to a selection of banks from the EFSF/ESM Market Group. However, the move comes against a volatile market backdrop that saw eurozone peripheral sovereigns sell off dramatically last week.     

    On your marks, get set: ECB to enter market from Monday

    IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

    The ECB will launch its much anticipated third covered bond purchase programme on Monday, in a bid to open up bank lending in the eurozone.

    KBN, NRW caught in volatility crossfire

    IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

    Two public-sector transactions became caught in the intense market volatility that gripped the US dollar market on Wednesday, ending a smooth run for borrowers and leading bankers to say that new-issue concessions will have to increase.      

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    European banks make progress but long road ahead, warns Fitch

    IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

    European banks, particularly those in weaker countries, are still vulnerable to potential shocks despite the progress made on capitalisation, Fitch warned in a report last Monday.

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    Snam flies solo

    IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

    Italian gas distributor Snam defied a very shaky market to price a heavily oversubscribed issue last week, despite weakness in the eurozone periphery that saw Italian 10-year government yields spike up by almost 30bp in the space of one day.

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      Ting Hsin borrowing in hot oil

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Carol Zhong

      A syndicated loan backing Ting Hsin International Group’s purchase of cable TV operator China Network Systems is on hold after Taiwan’s financial regulator urged local banks last Wednesday not to lend to the company.


      Retail investor exodus could last into 2015

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Lynn Adler

      Outflows from loan mutual funds have reached US$17bn since April when the threat of US interest rate rises receded. The outflows will extend through year-end and possibly until mid-2015. This exodus of retail investors is expected to continue until they see evidence that the Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates and Treasury yields finally climb.

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      Out from the shadows

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Tessa Walsh,

      Shadow banks are winning market share from US banks in the US leveraged loan and high-yield bond markets as stricter regulation forces borrowers to cast the net wider to finance buyouts.

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      Issuers make concessions to lenders amid volatility

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Jonathan Schwarzberg

      Increasingly selective investors are calling for concessions on US leveraged loans that managed to launch before a spike in volatility all but closed the market last week. Buyers are still receptive to deals with good credit stories and results, but are snubbing riskier credits, which is forcing issuers to sweeten terms to syndicate deals.

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      India: Tata Steel refinancing launches

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By , Kane Wu

      Tata Steel has hit the market with its long-awaited US$5.64bn-equivalent loan component of a US$7bn refinancing, in the largest and potentially also Asia’s most widely syndicated borrowing of the year.


      Regulators tighten grip on US lenders

      IFR 2054 11 October to 17 October 2014 By ,

      Regulators have started to audit the loan books of Wall Street banks on a monthly basis in a major push to curb aggressive underwriting. The move will allow authorities to dole out punishments quickly if they deem that guidelines have been contravened.


      PE firms face refinancing struggle

      IFR 2054 11 October to 17 October 2014 By Lynn Adler

      Private equity-owned companies face difficulties refinancing billions of dollars of existing buyout loans and raising extra debt for acquisitions as US regulators clamp down on banks making highly leveraged loans.


      Ineos/Styrolution hold lenders to account

      IFR 2054 11 October to 17 October 2014 By

      The decision of German plastics maker Styrolution – and its owner, petrochemicals outfit Ineos – to replace two lead banks on a €1.05bn leveraged loan is a rare instance of borrowers taking a tough line with lenders unable to deliver on agreed deal terms.

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      China International Capital Corp

      Top CICC pair exit ahead of IPO

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      China International Capital Corp, one of the PRC’s top investment banks, is pressing ahead with plans for a Hong Kong listing, despite the resignation of one top executive and the pending departure of another.

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      Duo avoid the C word

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Richard Branson’s UK challenger bank Virgin Money and German triple-play operator Tele Columbus both put their IPOs on hold last week following the end of pre-marketing. Tele Columbus said on Monday that it was still considering its IPO options, while Virgin Money said completion would now not take place in October.

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      Great Western rides on through tougher IPO market

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Great Western Bancorp, the agribusiness-focused bank controlled by National Australia Bank (NAB), traded in line with its IPO price on its NYSE debut on Wednesday, the latest in a series of steady but unspectacular aftermarket performances by US bank IPOs in 2014.

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      Uncertainty on cornerstones

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Europe is still getting to grips with the concept of cornerstone investors, as the up to €2.9bn IPO of Spanish airports operators Aena Aeropuertos illustrates. Corporacion Financiera Alba, Ferrovial and The Children’s Investment Fund Management are lined up to take 21% of the 49% to be offered by the Spanish government, but final allocations depend on pricing and demand from institutions.

      Seven Generations weathers inhospitable market

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Canadian E&P Seven Generations is proceeding with its C$800m (US$715m) initial public offering despite the precipitous declines in commodity prices and internal discussions among underwriting banks on the ultimate valuation targeted. The decision to proceed with an all-primary offering reflects world-class assets and a desire by the company to move ahead with an aggressive capex ramp.

      Blue Bird slashes IPO size

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Indonesian taxi operator Blue Bird, which postponed an attempt to float last year, has slashed its fundraising size by as much as 35% in its latest bid to go public.

      Japan: Hulic REIT to raise US$212m

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      Hulic REIT is raising around ¥22.7bn (US$212m) in new shares to purchase new properties and pay off bridge loans.

      IPO window set to close

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      The US IPO market looked set to go into hibernation last week after a swoon in markets and a surge in volatility prompted investors to curb their demand for new issues, though a recovery in equities late in the week offered a glimmer of hope for banks still seeking a busy year-end.

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      SEF review could shuffle market

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Mike Kentz

      Swap execution facilities awaiting final confirmation from the CFTC regarding their status as registered derivatives trading platforms say that eventual decisions made by the agency are likely to rattle a so-far benign market.

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      EC to hand down derivatives relief, says US regulator

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Mike Kentz

      The European Commission will delay the imposition of higher capital requirements on European banks operating on US derivatives exchanges that had been scheduled to hit in mid-December, according to the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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      Oil, technicals drive inflation expectations lower

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By

      Forward inflation expectations dropped to new record lows last week, as concerns about economic growth and disinflationary pressures in Europe and China sparked a sell-off across global markets.

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      Bitcoin derivatives interest grows

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014 By Helen Bartholomew, Mike Kentz

      The first Bitcoin derivatives transaction on a regulated exchange was completed this month between digitalBTC – a digital currency solutions firm and liquidity provider for the new swaps contracts – and an undisclosed hedging counterparty.

      Investors burnt by index overshoot

      ​Investors burnt by index overshoot on CDS rebirth

      IFR 2054 11 October to 17 October 2014 By

      A number of hedge funds were left licking their wounds last Monday following the launch of new legal documentation for credit default swap indices – the US$21trn credit derivatives market’s most significant overhaul in more than five years.

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      IFR DCM Special Report 2014

      Fashion can be a cruel mistress, especially if you’re the only person to turn up at the party with platform sneakers, a tracksuit with “Juicy” scrawled across the derriere, and a green feather boa. Banks are experiencing their own fashion faux pas right now and working hard to maintain their appeal.

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      IFR German SME Funding Roundtable 2014

      The lack of credit in the real economy and the paucity of cash available for investment have been cited all over Europe as a major blocker of growth and investment, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. It’s an emotive issue that’s has the attention of politicians of all hues.

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      Mario Draghi's German problem

      Reuters correspondents piece together a stark picture of the tense relationship between the ECB and top officials in Berlin.


      ECB Watch

      The frayed relationship between the ECB and Germany poses a significant risk to the eurozone outlook.

      Stress tests

      UPDATE: Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review

      (Reuters) - At around noon on Thursday, the eurozone’s 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region’s banking sector.

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      Swiss cheese

      IFR 2055 18 October to 24 October 2014

      WITH MARKETS BATTERED by gloom and doom, light-hearted banter is thin on the ground. So thank goodness for UBS, where staff are apparently struggling to control a mouse infestation at the bank’s London office.

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      Why Jim Rogers owns dollars printed by "crazy" fed bankersVideo

      A shaky couple of weeks in the global markets has rattled nerves, but while Jim Rogers continues to hold US dollars, he warns investors not to confuse the greenback for a long-term safe haven.

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      With "horrible" Mandarin, Facebook's Zuckerberg charms China audienceVideo

      Mark Zuckerberg wows an audience of Chinese students with his Mandarin skills which he admitted needed a little more practice. Rough Cut from Reuters TV (no reporter narration).

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      IFR Fantasy Football League: GameWeek 9 preview

      23 October 2014 By IFR Fantasy Football League Secretary General

      Surprise package of the season, Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, helps Roderick Smits and Goden Zonen keep the IFRFFL leaders, Born Strikers, in sight.

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