Robert Venes is assistant editor of equities and structured equity at IFR. Robert joined IFR in late 2009 from sister title Acquisitions Monthly, where he focused on private equity transactions and fundraisings. He was previously associate editor at Private Equity International and, before that, editor of Venturedome.
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In what is almost certainly Europe’s last convertible bond issue of 2014, UK support services group Carillion raised £170m last Friday from five-year paper. The deal was pre-sounded to around eight investors on Thursday and, while there was an option to hold back until 2015 versus launching on effecti
IPOs dominated the landscape in 2014 and one bank led from the front, regularly printing several deals in a week, while simultaneously making the UK its home. JP Morgan is IFR’s EMEA Equity House of the Year.
Patchy issuance and the demand for diversification required banks to provide both variety and innovation this year. In matching its reputation for structuring with a sharply increased flow of deals, Societe Generale is IFR’s EMEA Structured Equity House of the Year.