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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FORGIVE MY RETURNING to Indonesia just a week after my last column on the topic but it’s worth the deja vu, since a big(ish) restructuring over there is winding its way to the supposed finish line and it shines a light on much else besides.
THERE MUST BE big smiles at the Republic of Indonesia’s debt office. In just seven business days this month, the team there has managed to complete the country’s funding needs for the year: a chunky €3bn seven- and 12-year Reg S/144a deal priced on June 7 while a ¥100bn (US$959m) three and five-year Samurai priced last Wednesday. A job well done.
EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT fintech these days and invariably you hear the line “banking’s about to have its Uber moment”, referring to the point in time when that particular mobile phone application caught on – to the delight of drunken stop-outs everywhere and the chagrin of the taxi driving professional.