Saturday, 20 July 2019


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  • Never mind the quality, feel the yield

    Not long ago – and forever before that – the prospect of Greece raising debt at 1.9% would have been unthinkable.

  • Welcome to the party

    India’s bond bankers finally have something to celebrate, and it has nothing to do with cricket.

  • Wassup, Hong Kong?

    When it comes to a Hong Kong IPO, AB InBev’s spin-off of Budweiser Brewing Company APAC is looking like the genuine article, to borrow one of the company’s old slogans.

  • Lucky for some

    Good things come to those who wait. Or so we are led to believe. Certainly, Commerzbank funding officials are hoping that there is truth in the proverb.

  • Direct marketing

    Wall Street’s reluctant second effort at direct listing a tech unicorn, the “non-IPO” on the NYSE of email-killing software company Slack Technologies, was more seamlessly executed than its first (a direct listing of Spotify Technology last year).

  • Smart move?

    Italian politics might be causing nervousness in the corridors of power in Brussels but the bond market is considerably more sanguine.

  • Contrary to Popular belief

    Two years on from the collapse of Spain’s Banco Popular, the bank’s sorry story appears to be coming to a conclusion. Within weeks, Santander, which bought the bank for just €1, expects to rebrand the last of the branches it acquired after many months integrating Popular’s €140bn of assets, 1,600 offices and 10,000 employees.

  • ​ Welcome home

    A Hong Kong listing for Alibaba – whenever it may happen – will be celebrated both in Hong Kong and Beijing. Whether it’s in the company’s best interests, however, is far harder to call.

  • Cleaning up

    Since the first environmentally sustainable bond offering was issued in 2007, more than US$600bn has been raised globally, helping to fund the transition to a more sustainable world.

  • Still standing

    When the US-China trade dispute escalated once again at the beginning of last week, IFR called a DCM contact to ask whether a deal from EM issuer NEPI Rockcastle would be going ahead. The forthright response was along the lines of “Are you joking? Did you see the market? A complete bloodbath.”

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