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GCC Bonds: Is the Worst Behind Us?

In line with our expectations at the beginning of the year, YTD total return on Barclays Bloomberg GCC index has been a loss of 2.67%, almost entirely attributed to the increase in benchmark UST yields.

9 Jul 2018

Interview: MTS Blockchain Bond Could Lead to “Faster, Transparent and More Secure Transactions”

The Russian telecoms giant became a trailblazer in issuing distributed ledger fixed-income instruments this spring with the private placement of a RUB750mn commercial bond using blockchain-embedded smart contracts. Alexander Smirnov, Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury, Mobile TeleSystems PJSC, explains how the company worked with Russia’s National Settlement Depositary and Sberbank to achieve…

27 Jun 2018

Governance, Transparency Concerns Holding Institutionals Back from Nigeria’s Corporate Bonds

Corruption, corporate governance and transparency is a perennial concern among emerging market fixed income investors, with the lack of clear governance structures and opaque financials frequently causing headaches for credit analysts and their compliance teams.

20 Jun 2018

Sanctions Unsanctioned: Russia Becomes EM’s Riskiest Safe Haven

By late 2017, to the surprise of naysayers, the Russian economy appeared to have successfully navigated a challenging sanctions-riddled period and by Q1 2018 was looking to be one of the better EM stories on the market. But the latest escalation in tensions with Washington, along with broader EM outflows, have seen the country’s issuance pipeline dry up even as economic fundamentals remain…

13 Jun 2018

CASE STUDY: Belarus Eurobond Prices Inside Better Credits, Opens CIS to Global Markets

Following up on its recent “double bill” international bond, the former Soviet republic hit the market again at a tough time, but the notes proved popular with international investors and saw some of the highest oversubscription levels in the sovereign space over the past year.

29 May 2018

Maybank Islamic Banking Chief: “Projected global sukuk demand outstrips supply”

With demand for sukuk rising steadily in recent years, Bonds & Loans speaks with Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican, Group Head and Islamic Banking CEO at Maybank Islamic Berhad, about the risks and opportunities in the market, green sukuk, and the growing involvement of Asian investors in MENA debt markets.

27 Apr 2018

Case Study: Indonesia Serves Up Benchmark-Setting Green Sukuk

Indonesia navigated a challenging and volatile market to place a USD3bn dual-tranche green sukuk, which will go towards supporting the country’s efforts to combat climate change.

26 Apr 2018

Top Dealmaker: RenCap’s Dmitry Gladkov on Russian Corporate Issues and Ratings Boost

Renaissance Capital has in the past two years overseen and participated in a significant volume of DCM deals out of Russia and the CIS, positioning itself as one of the top dealmakers for Russian corporates looking to tap the international markets. Dmitry Gladkov, the Global Head of Financing at Renaissance Capital, shares his assessment of the market and the bank’s role in it, as well as his…

20 Apr 2018

CASE STUDY: Tajikistan Opens Floodgates and Makes Strong Debut with USD500mn Eurobond

The Central Asian Republic saw 9x peak oversubscription and impressive yield tightening of nearly 900bp with its inaugural Eurobond transaction to source funds for the construction of the world’s tallest dam.

18 Apr 2018

Pro-Western Stans: Central Asian Republics Mulling Capital Markets Push

Just a few years ago, barely any debt capital markets investors would have paid much attention to regions like Central Asia and the CIS. Yet with overwhelming demand for sovereign notes issued by the likes of Belarus and Tajikistan, regular issues from Kazakhstan and a highly anticipated debut Eurobond from Uzbekistan, the region is putting itself on the EM fixed income map.

4 Apr 2018

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