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Alternative Financing is Here to Stay

Financial institutions regularly evolve in their effort to stay relevant while Corporate Treasuries seek alternatives to traditional funding sources. These dynamics create a healthy European financing landscape. Traditionally split between 70 percent bank loans and 30 percent public bonds, alternative financing now enjoys increasing market share. Illustrating its rising popularity, 2018 saw 9% year on year growth for direct lending in the European leveraged finance market alone.

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IBOR reform in the euro area – progress in an ocean of uncertainty

To respond to the concerns about the reliability and robustness of the IBOR benchmarks, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recommended the development of an alternative (nearly) risk-free reference rate (RFR) in its report in July 2014.

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Challenges with the replacement of IBOR benchmark interest rates

Benchmark interest rates are an essential part of financial markets. These interest rates are used for numerous financial products, such as bonds, loans and derivatives, and in the construction of discount curves. This has applications in fair value calculations, hedge strategies, sensitivity analysis, treasury and risk management systems, and much more.

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Raising the bar for debt advisory

To reflect the changing requirements of our clients, we have redefined our debt advisory service offering and established a dedicated team of consultants to secure the benefits of the currently strong financing conditions for our clients in the long run.

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Cracking the treasury vault – what’s in store for 2018?

Over the last years the global economy has been in a ‘Goldilocks’ state, enjoying moderate economic growth combined with low inflation and low interest rates. These favourable market conditions are fuelling corporate and private equity M&A activity, which is generally keeping treasurers busy around the globe. And although the consensus is that the Goldilocks economy will continue in 2018, it will be the unexpected events (rather than expected) which will drive the financial markets. In this regard who better to deal with the unexpected than the treasurer?

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