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Thursday, 18 January 2018

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  • Spotify logo from company website

    Bankers eye Spotify's non-IPO warily

    Top News | 05 January 2018

    Confirmation that music streaming service Spotify has confidentially filed a 20F application for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange has triggered much discussion of the Swedish company’s decision to shun an initial public offering.

  • Saudi kicks off 2018 IPOs

    Equities | 05 January 2018

    The first EMEA IPO of 2018 got underway on January 1. The float is a Saudi REIT and Al Rajhi Capital’s latest fund. The target is to place 42.67m shares at SR10. Proceeds of SR426.7m (US$113.8m) compare with a total size for the REIT of SR1.62bn.

  • Making a difference

    Making a difference

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Banks and issuers have donated more than £25.5m to Save the Children through the IFR Awards over 22 years. In 2017, IFR deputy editor Owen Wild visited projects in Ethiopia that have been beneficiaries of that support.

  • Equity House and Asia-Pacific Equity House: Morgan Stanley

    Equity House and Asia-Pacific Equity House: Morgan Stanley

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Morgan Stanley capitalised on the resurgence in ECM in 2017. It maintained its position as a leader of IPOs, built its presence in block trades and remained the bank adviser of choice, making it IFR’s Equity House and Asia-Pacific Equity House of the Year.

  • SSAR Issuer: United Kingdom

    SSAR Issuer: United Kingdom

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Difficult negotiations to leave the EU, a snap general election that led to a minority government, continuing volatility in sterling and the first interest rate rise in a decade all failed to knock the UK issuance bodies off their feet. Debt issues were remarkably unaffected, while the government finally disposed of its last shares in Lloyds Banking Group. The United Kingdom is IFR’s SSAR Issuer of the Year.

  • Financing Package: UniCredit's Transform 2019 recapitalisation

    Financing Package: UniCredit's Transform 2019 recapitalisation

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    UniCredit’s rapid transformation under chief executive Jean Pierre Mustier was a remarkable feat. He convinced stakeholders that his plan was right and led from the front in selling it worldwide in a rapid sequence of transactions. UniCredit’s recapitalisation is IFR’s Financing Package of the Year.

  • EMEA IPO: Galenica Sante's SFr1.9bn IPO

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    A Swiss pharmacy chain isn’t the sexiest of equity stories, but investor appetite for safe, predictable yields is enormous – especially in a country with negative rates. As a result, Galenica Sante’s SFr1.9bn (US$1.9bn) IPO in April became an unlikely hot ticket, with investors rushing to place orders as soon as the books opened.

  • EMEA Structured Equity House: JP Morgan

    EMEA Structured Equity House: JP Morgan

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    JP Morgan reinvented the mandatory convertible structure in a market-defining trade that left the market scratching its head. The client was so pleased that he returned months later. For true thought leadership plus diversity of product and geography, JP Morgan is IFR’s EMEA Structured Equity House of the Year.

  • BASF

    BASF taps convertible bond for US$250m

    Ticker | 25 October 2017

    Chemicals company BASF successfully raised over US$250m on Tuesday night by tapping its 2023 non-dilutive convertible bonds through JP Morgan as sole bookrunner.

  • Varta sparks interest amid IPO rush

    Equities | 20 October 2017

    European IPOs are coming thick and fast, with investors and syndicate desks trying to juggle them all in one of the busiest periods for ECM in recent memory.

  • HelloFresh

    HelloFresh steps out of Blue Apron's shadow

    Top News | 13 October 2017

    HelloFresh’s IPO barely got going in late 2015 with the meal kit company quietly shelving the float after pre-marketing showed the €2.6bn valuation achieved on the previous funding round was pie in the sky.

  • Martin Franklin's J2 could reach US$1bn

    Equities | 29 September 2017

    The US special purpose acquisition company market is so hot that it may be a surprise that there continues to be a steady stream of UK issuance, but the flexibility the UK version offers to issuers keeps them coming.

  • Martin Franklin's J2 vehicle could reach US$1bn

    Ticker | 28 September 2017

    The US special purpose acquisition company market is so hot that it may be a surprise that there continues to be a steady stream of UK issuance, but the flexibility the UK version offers to issuers keeps them coming.

  • Obituary: John Millar

    Ticker | 27 September 2017

    Equity capital markets veteran John Millar has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • Japanese flag.jpg

    Japanese equity-linked wakes up

    Top News | 01 September 2017

    The Japanese convertible bond market burst back to life last week after a five-month hiatus, with two companies raising a combined ¥190bn (US$1.7bn).

  • Air France plane passes Air Berlin plane during take-off at Tegel Airport in Berlin

    CB investors take Air Berlin parachute

    Top News | 18 August 2017

    Former convertible bondholders were proved right last week when Etihad Airways finally stopped propping up Air Berlin and the airline filed for insolvency. The German low-cost carrier had tried in February to keep convertible investors from exercising a put on 2019 paper by ramping up the coupon and slashing the premium in an exchange, but investors rejected the notion.

  • South Africa bails out Tanzanian IPO

    Equities | 18 August 2017

    Vodacom Tanzania made its long-awaited debut on the Dar es Salaam stock exchange on Tuesday but the largest float in the country’s history, at TSh476bn (US$213m), will still be viewed by some as a failure for not attracting more investor interest.

  • BNP Paribas makes ECM changes

    People & Markets | 14 July 2017

    Paul Frankfurt is returning to ECM in September to lead the blocks business at BNP Paribas. Frankfurt will focus on originating blocks and also support the wider origination effort in ECM, particularly with sponsors where there is a natural overlap.

  • Goldman trio leave, Martin sets up own firm

    People & Markets | 30 June 2017

    A trio of senior bankers are leaving Goldman Sachs, including Daniel Martin, who is setting up his own advisory firm after more than 20 years working in equity syndicate.

  • Downgrade threat for Kuwait Energy as IPO fails to progress

    Equities | 23 June 2017

    S&P last week placed Kuwait Energy’s B- credit rating on creditwatch with negative implications. The rating already had a negative outlook.

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