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Finance 2011 (3)

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InnovationDeveloping contingent convertible capital for Credit Suisse
Originality6
Rationale5
Impact6
Total17
DescriptionFollowing the new Basel III capital requirements, the firm developed a form of contingent convertible capital instruments for European banks. The ìbuffer capital notesî convert into equity under key risk conditions, and are an attractive way for banks to meet the new capital requirements.

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InnovationFirst holding company bond securitisation for the UK water sector
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact6
Total19
DescriptionAdvising Anglia Water, the firm developed a product to gain access to new investors. Effectively, the holdco bond is a securitisation on top of a securitisation, and enables flexibility in choppy market conditions. The firm has since taken the product to other companies.

Finance 2011

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InnovationAccelerated structured bond offering (Asbo)
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact6
Total20
DescriptionConceived, designed, implemented and marketed by the firm, the Asbo meets the needs of the acquisition finance market in the wake of the recession. The bond proceeds are received on the completion date of an acquisition, saving costs and increasing ratings certainty.