Jonathan Rogers graduated from Oxford University in 1986 where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. That year he joined Nomura International , attending the company’s graduate trainee programme at Nomura Securities’ headquarters in Tokyo. He worked as an institutional bond salesman for Nomura in London for five years, covering central banks and institutions in Scandinavia. He subsequently worked on the institutional sales desk at Long Term Credit Bank of Japan in London before moving on to the derivatives and structured note desk at First National Bank of Chicago in London. Jonathan joined IFR Asia in 2003 as syndicated loans editor and subsequently became debt capital markets editor in 2005. He is currently IFR Asia’s chief analyst, credit.
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THE ONGOING RESTRUCTURING saga at Indonesian coal producer Berau Coal hit a roadblock last week when a proposed swap of 2015 paper on which the company defaulted last year and on its due 2017s into new debt failed to get inked by creditors.
When most people think of Singapore they imagine efficiency, clean streets, low crime and a lack of corruption. The spectre of debt defaults has not encroached on that image until now, or until a year ago to be precise, when a Singapore dollar bond issued by Indonesian telecoms merchandiser Trikomsel missed a coupon payment.
AND SO THE orange-faced candidate won. I watched the US presidential election unfold last Wednesday with friends in Singapore, flipping channels between CNN, BBC and Fox News, wondering all the way through why the updates on the electoral college tally were so slow. Surely it was too late to impact the polling booths?