Owen Wild is Deputy Editor of International Financing Review based in London. He joined IFR in 2004 as a reporter and has since worked across Equities, Structured Equity and Derivatives sections as both reporter and editor. Prior to becoming deputy editor in 2010, he had global responsibility for IFR’s ECM coverage. Before joining IFR, Owen covered foreign exchange markets. Follow Owen on Twitter @IFR_Owen
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Altice went on an acquisition spree in 2014, which led to the company – and subsidiary Numericable – tapping debt and equity markets in substantial size. For pushing boundaries in every arena, Altice is IFR’s Issuer and Corporate Issuer of the Year.
The number of bookrunners seems to increase with every year that passes, but issuers are listening to fewer banks. While some just go along for the ride, Morgan Stanley prefers to lead from the front. Morgan Stanley is IFR’s Equity House and Americas Equity House.
Getting paid to issue debt is an extraordinary feat, yet E.ON achieved this with its exchangeable bond converting into the extremely illiquid Swiss energy company BKW – even when there was a competing convertible from BKW in the market at the same time.