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.
Labels are notably tricky to shake off, but in a year when echoes of the eurozone’s peripheral crisis resonated loudly, the Kingdom of Spain successfully managed to reposition itself. For executing one of the biggest European sovereign funding programmes with flair, Spain is IFR’s SSAR Issuer of the Year.
While other banks have struggled to hold on to their market share as issuance has fallen, HSBC stood out for its ability to generate momentum across the international bond markets. It is IFR’s Bond House, SSAR Bond House, Covered Bond House and Asia Bond House of the Year.
The European Investment Bank will raise €50bn in 2019, nearly 17% lower than the amount it printed this year, the supranational said in a statement on Thursday.