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Monday, 23 October 2017

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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Kuwait Energy fails to progress

    Equities | 02 June 2017

    Kuwait Energy is expected to concede defeat on its attempt to list on the London Stock Exchange. The IPO was due to raise US$150m and its bonds may be put under renewed pressure as a result, with the company’s B- ratings already on negative watch.

  • GN Store Nord

    Duo break European equity-linked drought

    Top News | 26 May 2017

    Danish hearing aids and headset company GN Store Nord awakened the equity-linked market from its two-month slumber with Tuesday’s €225m five-year bond with warrants issue. And then just two days later South African platinum miner Implats brought a dual-currency convertible to raise US$503m-equivalent.

  • MOVES-Duo to run UK ECM at Barclays after Meyers' departure

    Ticker | 24 May 2017

    Barclays has opted to promote two members of its equity capital markets team to run the UK operation, following the departure of Barry Meyers.

  • Halperin returns to US equity-linked at Barclays

    Ticker | 23 May 2017

    Steven Halperin has relocated to the US for a new role at Barclays as both a senior equity-linked originator and to lead new product development across global finance.

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    Singapore pain as GIC's loss on UBS tops US$4bn

    Top News | 19 May 2017

    Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC is facing a loss in excess of US$4bn on its emergency investment in Swiss bank UBS nine years ago, according to IFR calculations.

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    Singapore's GIC faces US$4bn loss on UBS bet

    Ticker | 16 May 2017

    Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Private Limited is facing a loss in excess of US$4bn on its emergency investment in Swiss bank UBS Group nine years ago, according to IFR calculations.

  • Barclays reshuffles investment bank leadership, Dean retires

    People & Markets | 12 May 2017

    Sam Dean is leaving Barclays, eight years after arriving as part of a wave of galacticos to build an equity capital markets business in Europe and Asia.

  • Hemsley out as Numis struggles

    People & Markets | 12 May 2017

    Bank results for ECM this year have included some heady numbers – it is hard to imagine Morgan Stanley’s remarkable 144% revenue increase in Q1 ever being beaten – but they really showed how dreadful 2016 was rather than a splendid performance in recent months.

  • Smooth sailing for Global Ports

    Equities | 05 May 2017

    Global Ports Holding’s decision to abandon an Istanbul listing and set sail for London appears to be just the once-in-a-lifetime trip made by cruisegoers passing through its ports. GPH managed to eradicate memories of its failed domestic IPO attempt in 2015 when the book for its US$200m London listing was covered after three days of bookbuilding.

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