Barclays started to build its US leveraged franchise in 2006 by hand-picking staff from competitors and a decade later is a powerhouse in leveraged and investment-grade financing. For cementing a leading position among US banking titans, Barclays is IFR’s Americas Loan House of the Year.
In November 2015, Molson Coors Brewing announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev to purchase SABMiller’s 58% stake in Miller Coors, the joint venture formed in the US by SABMiller and Molson Coors in 2008.
Junk-rated Dell sold a US$20bn investment-grade M&A bond. It was the fourth-largest corporate bond ever – but just one piece of a highly creative US$38bn fundraising effort that is IFR’s Corporate Issuer of the Year.