Latest articles from David Wigan

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Iceland bond issue brings it in from the cold

March 1, 2018

As part of its journey back to prosperity after a severe recession, Iceland made a belated return to the international markets with a successful bond issuance. David Wigan reports.

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VW Bank extinguishes emissions fallout to make solo return

February 1, 2018

After the damaging emissions scandal in 2015, Volkswagen came back fighting in 2017. This led to VW Bank, freshly separated from VW Financial Services, issuing a three-tranche deal that exceeded all expectations. David Wigan reports.

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Innogy green bond launch proves a breeze

January 2, 2018

Innogy, the youthful business that was spun out of RWE in 2016, found plenty of takers when it decided on a green bond programme to complement its sustainable wind energy credentials. David Wigan reports.

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Italy's Snam closes book on busy 2017

December 1, 2017

Italian energy company Snam demerged from Italgas in 2016, and since then has pulled off several deals to reduce its debt financing costs, ultimately leading to a rating upgrade. David Wigan reports.

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Austria opts for the deal of the century

November 1, 2017

The Austrian government’s landmark 100-year bond drew double the usual amount of investors. Markus Stix of the Austrian Treasury described the deal to David Wigan. 

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Work continues for European Stability Mechanism

October 2, 2017

Following the sovereign debt crisis, Europe's funding safeguard was set up to ensure regional stability. While most countries no longer need propping up, the European Stability Mechanism is still busy, as head of funding and investor relations Siegfried Ruhl tells David Wigan.

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Capital market buoyancy helps drive Spanish recovery

September 1, 2017

With consumer confidence on the rise, unemployment at an eight-year low and investor perceptions changing for the better, Spain appears to be emerging from the economic doldrums. David Wigan reports on the forces driving the recovery and finds that – despite some reasons for caution – it appears to be gathering momentum.      

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ECM pipeline builds as Spanish confidence grows

September 1, 2017

Following the 2012 bailout of the Spanish banking system, investor trust in the country's financial institutions is on the up – giving a welcome boost to its equity capital markets. David Wigan reports.

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Raiffeisen Bank International rides CEE rebound with AT1 debut

September 1, 2017

The uptick in the fortunes of key central and eastern European economies has given a boost to Raiffeisen Bank International, which made its additional Tier 1 securities debut in June. David Wigan assesses the success of this move.

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How the World Bank scored an SDG bond first

August 1, 2017

The World Bank’s green bond issuance recently passed the $10bn milestone. Treasury capital markets director George Richardson explains to David Wigan how it is now spearheading other sustainable instruments.

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