Helene Durand is deputy global credit editor for IFR Markets and Reuters. She joined Thomson Reuters in May 2011 from EuroWeek. She spent five and a half years at EuroWeek as fixed income editor, and set up the Daily Bank Finance website there. Before EuroWeek, Helene worked at IFR from July 2000 to December 2005. Helene holds a Law degree from Universite de Bordeaux 4 as well as an MA in European Industrial Relations from Warwick University Business School.
The Republic of Italy made an unexpected return to the syndicated bond market last week, swiftly raising a €6bn 20-year in a deal that showed that the spat between the European Commission and the country over its budget has done little to derail market access.
Piraeus Bank will attempt to sell the first bank capital trade from a Greek bank in over a decade this week as it looks to turn the page on its chequered bond market past and leverage shareholder support to bolster its balance sheet.
A trio of UK financials notched up euro funding ahead of the looming Brexit deadline last week, with NatWest Markets leading the way with a €1.25bn two-year senior floater that capitalised on a recent upgrade to unearth new demand.