As the annual Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards approaches, we discuss some of the themes emerging behind the scenes in Middle East debt capital markets, looking at concerns voiced by bankers, investors and CFOs in private discussions as well as the opportunities on the horizon for foreign FIs and investors looking to delve deeper into the region.
6 Oct 2017
Heads of state of the BRICS countries descended upon Xiamen, China earlier this month to discuss how to propel the bloc’s trade and commercial links forward. But with most of the organisation’s leading members knee-deep in political or economic mud, analysts are left wondering whether they have been overshadowed by the rest of the emerging market pack.
15 Sep 2017
Growing support for market-driven policies aimed at facilitating green issuance has created important wins for the sustainable finance segment, especially in emerging market countries like China, India, and Mexico. But with the bulk of those policies, at their core, fixated on determining what qualifies as ‘green’, key questions about industry standards – and the best approach to applying them –…
25 Aug 2017
We speak with a number of leading Africa-focused fixed income fund managers to get a better sense of the opportunities and risks present in the continent’s emerging and frontier economies.
18 Aug 2017
The rally in EM assets this year seems all but unstoppable as investors continue hunting for yield further afield amidst persistently low interest rates in developed markets and a weakened US dollar. Is it set to continue? Bonds and Loans speaks with global investors one-on-one about macro trends influencing EM debt capital markets.
8 Aug 2017
In constitution and performance, indexes are in large part designed to act as a mirror to the markets they reflect, with investors largely vying for ways to exploit information deficiencies and fleeting hunches to beat them. But in emerging markets, there is a huge discrepancy between the assets that compose these indexes and the actual asset class, raising fundamental questions about the purpose…
26 Jun 2017
Emerging market corporate bonds have become a hit with investors in recent years as improving fundamental and good governance practices have sent default rates plunging to record lows. Despite fears around an EM debt bubble emerging, fund managers seem resolutely upbeat about the asset class.
31 May 2017
YDA Group’s TRY250mn was a well-structured deal that set a new benchmark for size and tenors in the local currency bond market, a deal made even more impressive by the fact that it was executed during one of the country’s most volatile periods. We speak with Cumhur Bilen, CFO of YDA Group about the company's landmark bond transaction and the its bid to push the limits in the country’s capital…
16 Feb 2017
Noor Bank’s debut perpetual Tier 1 perpetual sukuk issuance met with strong demand from global investors and achieved the lowest yield of any Tier 1 Basel III compliant perpetual sukuk in Dubai, despite a volatile market backdrop which saw oil prices dip below US$30 per barrel.
7 Feb 2017