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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Upfront

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  • Overnight sensation

    Just a few years ago, the idea of a US$4.3bn-equivalent overnight equity offering would have been unthinkable in Japan’s capital markets. Last week’s mega block trade in Yahoo Japan is therefore a big step forward.

  • Too big to fail

    The transatlantic leveraged finance market is facing a unique challenge as two massive buyout loans compete for investors’ time and money.

  • Test-driving a new model

    The Financial Conduct Authority couldn’t have hoped for a better road test for its changes to the UK IPO process than Aston Martin Lagonda. There won’t be a more high-profile float in the UK this year than the £1.25bn deal and as such it is certain to attract research from unconnected analysts.

  • Blocked pipeline

    Saudi Arabia certainly grabbed the headlines when it announced plans, in early 2016, to IPO its state oil company and cash cow Aramco. The deal, at a projected US$100bn, would be four times bigger than anything seen before. A valuation of US$2trn would be double that of Apple.

  • Contagion contained

    As the markets opened in London on Monday it seemed as though all hell was about to break loose across the emerging markets.

  • ​Reality check

    Turkey’s economy is broken. Everyone knows this apart from one person. Unfortunately, that person happens to be President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Posturing in Pakistan

    The IMF’s warning earlier this year that China’s emergence as the world’s biggest bilateral creditor could cause problems in future debt reckonings is finally catching the attention of its largest shareholder, the US.

  • Libor pains

    Of all the regulatory challenges facing the syndicated loan market, the replacement of Libor as the base rate for deal pricing could prove to be the most difficult.

  • Deal or no deal

    There’s no doubt about it: Europe has too many banks. At the last count, there were more than 3,000 European banking institutions.

  • Xiaomi’s reboot

    What a relief. Xiaomi’s first week as a listed company has drawn a line under the recent run of shaky IPOs from China’s technology sector – but it could have been very different.

  • Running out of money

    Loan bankers love to think that they are made of sterner stuff than the fickle folk of the bond market.

  • Sticking plaster

    The emerging markets are not in crisis and the fundamentals – measured by growth rates or external balances – are in much better shape in many countries than in, say, the US or the UK.

  • Xiaomi the way to go home

    When it comes to Chinese equities, two wrongs sometimes do make a right.

  • Crest of a wave

    AT&T is set to go down in the record books after a court judge finally approved – some 20 months after the deal was first announced – the telecoms giant’s acquisition of Time Warner’s media empire.

  • Syndicate, or cartel?

    “To permit antitrust actions such as this threatens serious securities-related harm … there is a serious risk that antitrust courts, with different nonexpert judges and different nonexpert juries, will produce inconsistent results.”

  • Gloom and doom

    The European sovereign debt crisis, which claimed the scalp of at least one bank and brought countless others close to the edge seven years ago, was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Policymakers, seeing the carnage wrought by the crisis, pledged to make the system safer.

  • Led astray

    At a time when regulators are clamping down on questionable behaviour, it’s amazing what goes on under everyone’s noses in certain markets. And nowhere more so than in the Gulf.

  • High stakes

    Asian high-yield bonds can offer investors some welcome protection from rising US Treasury yields, but buyers will have to be prepared to ride out the storm first.

  • Blast from the past

    There was a distinct retro feel to last week, with apparently looming financial crises in Argentina and Turkey; and the Buenos Aires government calling in the IMF. Even Mahathir Mohamad is back in power in Malaysia.

  • Xiaomi the money

    Xiaomi’s giant IPO is widely seen as a turning point for Hong Kong, and for China’s technology sector. So far, it’s looking more like a leap of faith.

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