Sunday, 18 March 2018
Morgan Stanley snatched market share from money-centre banks in 2013 by providing issuers like Verizon with greater insight into what can be achieved in the US dollar market – and how to do it. As a result, the bank is IFR’s US Investment-Grade Bond House of the Year.
Hudson’s Bay Company’s acquisition of luxury department store Saks was savvy to say the least. In what was a hotly-contested purchase, the iconic Canadian retail company padded its US$2.9bn financing package with upfront equity commitments from cornerstone investors, allowing it to push sizing while limiting pro forma combined leverage.
Anatomy of a giant: Verizon’s US$49bn bond. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of creating the biggest bond deal ever. It was a transaction many years in the making, but when it came together, it did so very quickly indeed.
Escaping trouble at home, seeking investors that understand new technology, finding a match or just trying to squeeze out an extra buck on valuation – the boats heading for New York are full of excited foreign management seeking the best for their IPO.
A piping-hot US leveraged loan market has seen steady erosion of maintenance covenants. Critics see echoes of the months leading up to the financial crisis, while advocates say the structures represent the best interests of borrowers and creditors alike. Both sides agree the ground ceded in covenants is unlikely to be recovered.
The mythology of Eike Batista proved just that – a hope and a prayer. A shrewd user of capital markets, the multi-billion dollar “X” empire assembled by the Brazilian PowerPoint King, who once charmed the global business elite, failed to mark the buried treasure.
While US banks raced to clean up their mess after the financial crisis kicked in, European banks – and their regulators – have taken their sweet time. The result? The Americans are now poised to steal a march – and plenty of market share – from their rivals across the Atlantic.
You’d be justified in calling yourself clairvoyant if you’d predicted the size and scope of the 2013 US capital markets boom when last year was winding to a close.
The IFR Awards honour achievement in capital markets and are celebrated at the annual IFR Awards Dinner.
This year’s ceremony will be held on January 22 2014 once again at Grosvenor House in London. For full details, visit www.ifrawards.com.
Introduced for the first time in 2013, the IFR Middle East Awards recognise the new era of capital markets in the Middle East region – celebrating and honouring those companies that demonstrated excellence throughout the year. The Awards were presented at the inaugural IFR Middle East Awards ceremony in Dubai on March 31 2014.
The IFR Asia Awards honour achievement in Asia’s capital markets and are celebrated at the annual IFR Asia Awards Dinner.
This year’s ceremony will be held on February 19 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. For full details, visit www.ifrasiaawards.com.
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