IFR’s European Equity Capital Markets Roundtable was held in late October with representatives from the buyside, sellside and a stock exchange. The conversation came at the end of a full-day conference covering all matters related to European ECM.
IFR’s German Corporate Funding Roundtable, held in Frankfurt in mid-October, convened an expert panel of four DCM and four syndicated loan professionals. The conversation was a fascinating and insightful exchange of views and it took place at an equally enthralling point in time.
The future of capital securities doesn’t lie in the hands of either regulators or investment bankers. At IFR’s Bank Capital Roundtable on June 21 in London, one of the many themes that came out of the discussion was that investors will define the future of this asset class. Regulators have spent the years since the global financial crisis defining, refining and redefining the optimum bank capital adequacy framework and have broadly laid out the features they want to see in capital instruments.
IFR’s latest Covered Bond Roundtable, which took place in Frankfurt on May 29, assessed developments in the covered bond market from the perspective of bank funding in the context of a highly stressed Eurozone sovereign scenario. In the context of a negative feedback loop between banks and their sovereigns, it’s essential to understand what’s driving the relationship to understand what’s happening in the covered bond market in terms of sentiment, pricing and market activity.
IFR’s Japan debt capital markets roundtable, held in Tokyo on May 15, found market participants in pensive but upbeat mode. The European sovereign debt crisis is being scrutinised very carefully, but its direct impact on Japanese debt market activity has been relatively marginal. Ten-year JGB yields at just 79bp in early June, a couple of weeks after IFR’s roundtable and yen/dollar at 79, tell their own story.