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Asia-Pacific Awards 2021 Nominations Are Open!

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More than ever before, this year’s Asia awards will be about putting the themes, trends and solutions delivered by MTNs, private placements and structured notes across the multiplicity of currencies, assets classes, credit and distribution in the spotlight, as much as their dealers and issuers.

apac20 awards page2021 was the year when key Asian currency markets saw SSA MTNs’ yields turn negative, highlighting the ever more challenging yield-enhancement solutions required in the region.

Pitch your wins for our mtn-i 2021 Asia Awards!

We would like to hear, analyse, and recognise your key solutions in achieving yield targets, investment needs, funding arbitrages and SRI solutions.

Nominations are now open until September 30th!

Send your pitches in any kind of a format and book your Zoom / Webex / BlueJeans / FaceTime / Teams / Google Hangouts pitch session on any kind of a platform with the editorial team.

Email or call to book your slot. And decide which theme leadership your team wants to inspire clients of your firm in a dedicated mtn-iTV series.

collaboration with Toby Croasdell, Credit AgricoleBring your leadership and expertise to life – crafting with the mtn-iTV team lively, mtn-i data-animated visualisations of the opportunity and potential of MTNs and PPs, designed to stimulate investor and issuer engagement.

What does this look like? Check out the collaboration with Credit Agricole – Return of the Euro-callable – Episodes 1–3 out now.

And watch out for the rest of the series as European trading recommences in early September.

Collaborate with mtn-i, in making a short mtn-iTV series about your leadership in the year’s key themes and trends in Asia.

🚁 M I S S I O N P O S S I B L E 🚁 mtn-i’s 2020 Award Winners!

Mission Possible

The biggest winner in mtn-i’s 2020 Awards is the MTN and private placement market itself. Collectively the awards reveal the vital significance of these global markets’ solution delivery for borrowers and investors during the pandemic crisis.

The depth and range of that response revealed – more than ever before – the resilience, power and value of this market’s mission to offer solutions in the face of sudden adversity.

In the 18th year of these Awards and our 20th as the MTN market’s news, data and analytics platform it’s become our most important role to make transparent and quantify the value of the global debt scene’s most undercover of markets. And never more so than in 2020, with their unprecedented depth and range, MTNs made a vital contribution to issuers and investors to survive and thrive amid the pandemic.

The Solutions Matrix.

MTNs delivered crisis-hit issuers unparalleled liquidity at speed in the face of volatility and uncertainty, at a time when benchmark market conditions, price discovery and pricing new deals altogether was challenging and difficult.

In the face of SSA and corporate issuers’ ballooning funding needs to meet the unknown cost of the pandemic, global central banks’ bond buying binge suppressed rates and credit spreads. This made 2020 the most challenging year for investors in their search for yield.

The MTN story of 2020 is how in the face of this challenging matrix, the private markets delivered, with an extraordinary speed, a scaling up of the available liquidity, while at the same time diversifying the range of investors and issuers engaged, and providing product innovation while exploiting swap-driven arbitrage opportunities. Increased SRI investor participation across this matrix, the growth of cost-effective ultra-long funding, the ever-increasing prominence of private taps, and arbitrage and/or outright funding in EM and frontier currencies were among the standout extensions of the market’s unique product range.

Multiplicity Coded

mtn-i’s own innovative theme and trend-driven colour-coded category approach to awards spotlights the value of these markets in 2020 and beyond.

The number of themes which made it to the award stack reached 12 – as we saw the relevance of the sub-sovereigns to be recognised on their own from the broader SSA category. A distinction was also needed between local and EM/frontier currencies in a year which significantly distorted the latter category.

Our themes underline the range and the depth of the MTN and private placement markets’ pandemic-response. And within each theme category is the interplay of these themes in the creation of value, referenced by additional colour coding. Where else can you follow the dots from the theme of SRI expansion through corporate credit diversification and Schuldschein funding? The diversity of MTN market’s possibilities is uniquely colour-coded and connected, and points the way forward in 2021.

Volatility Liquidity..

Corporates rushed to secure funding in the face of an unprecedented uncertainty and looming lockdowns. Private markets were fast to provide funding solutions before any kind of a large scale public issuance was feasible. Heineken tapped the Swiss franc market for the first time in a private MTN while Toyota’s European entity rode north to debut in Norwegian kroner. In Asia, thanks to private placements, Export-Import Bank of Korea was able to navigate market volatility with benchmark-like funding in US and Australian dollars.

SSA Funding Explosion..

The year 2020 was an unprecedented one for sovereign private placements too. Finland embarked on a first of a kind sovereign private tap frenzy to enhance its funding and provide investors with coveted supply, Austria completed its long-awaited return to US dollars choosing the private route while Ireland was an avid issuer of ultra-long tenors and Israel achieved the largest volume, covering all three G3 currency markets.

Social Responsiveness..

The SSA sector led the way to alleviating the damage of the pandemic and funding vaccination development. From countries to agencies, and established and lesser known supranationals, moved swiftly to alleviate the pandemic’s impact by updating their existing social bond programmes. The sector’s new heavy lifting meant that private markets came to life in tandem with public issuance.

Beyond the SSA funding explosion, the menu of green and social bond themes was extended. The World Bank and the International Finance Corp stood out, alongside the Asian Development Bank and Corporacion Andina de Fomento, while City of Munich’s SRI debut innovated by improving the city’s housing sector.

Corporate SRI..

Corporates became visible like never before as they stepped to the fore with the evolution of SRI debt. Henkel introduced the first plastic waste reduction bond targeting both Asia and Europe. Turkish banks found unusual demand that led them to issue inaugural private green bonds. The Euro PP and Schuldschein markets stepped up and further boosted the sustainability-linked issuance. However, in this new and growing SRI asset class, it was Olam International that provided the first private MTN through a cross-border Asian trade.

Yield Longing

More than ever, long-end funding proved relevant, especially in Europe. Not only among the SSAs, where unusual and infrequent supranationals made inroads – led by Jefferies spearheading Black Sea Trade & Development Bank into long-end Euros – to provide higher yield through duration, but also the covered bond market achieved a new milestone stretching to 70 years via a Compagnie de Financement Foncier landmark.

Core Role.

More than ever private placements wereat the core of the global bond markets. MTNs proved their relevance for issuers and investors alike, sometimes blurring the perceived boundaries of benchmark markets with sizeable reverse enquiry-driven private and club deals.

The World Bank broke grounds not only by extending the new SOFR benchmark’s maturity but achieved a size envied by others printing public bonds. This was the foundation for a later tap that further grew the size of its FRN.

From the financial space, Zurich Insurance funded its US entity in a USD200m deal which later doubled to provide cost-efficient, dedicated financing.

Rates Calling.

2020’s growth in rates structures sales to USD90bn emphasised the MTN markets ability to create possibility from a combination of pandemic volatility and near zero rates and unpromising curves.

Citi’s strategic use of structured products to funding the investment bank – recognised in our awards last year – paid off to the tune of USD13bn of funding in its own name in 2020.

InGen, DZ Bank’s innovative digital yield identification platform for investors powered a stunning assent to the top of third party Euro callable sales – a stunning performance over rivals. And a structure in which KfW raised more funding than any other borrower across the year.

In the repack space, once again dominated by SPIRE originator, Crédit Suisse, the first to deliver OATs repacks with yield boosting call structures.

Dealers Deliver..

HSBC proved once again its sheer global distribution capability and is recognised as the MTN dealer of the year. Credit Suisse’ structuring across asset classes remained unrivalled, leading with the first SPV-issued callable OAT repack.

Moreover, it raised equity capital through catastrophe bond-like transfer of its operational risk to insurance investors. Citigroup remained a leader in integrating its dealing capabilities for own-name ratestructures sold across the world while Credit Agricole focused on its unique strategy to facilitate short-term third-party financing.

Digital Payoff.

It is a further tribute to this market’s resilience that the MTN market’s issuers, investors and dealers managed the challenges of physical and geographical dislocation and the virus itself – embracing the possibilities of communication and collaboration technology in the digital realm at speed.


In the coming weeks we will be collaborating with our award winners to create content which identifies the value and opportunities of these global award themes and trends for borrowers and investors into 2021, supported by mtn-i’s data and analytics platform and mtn-iTV.

Watch out for our new 2021 theme and trend zones.


On that note of collaboration and connection, our congratulations to all of you, our clients, and our team here, in the latest instalment of the undercover debt market mission that is MTNs.

Click here to see all the winners…


Join our theme driven MTN conversation in the coming weeks. Watch out for more details. And congratulations to the MTN market and all our award winners.

The mtn-i Team

2021 Americas Structured Note Awards nominations are open!

Nominations are open for our
15th Americas Awards!

Which Deals, Dealers, Issuers, Investors and Rising Stars deserve recognition?

If you think you’ve shown genius this year, then get in touch! We welcome your contributions in any format (PDF, PowerPoint, Word, email) and are delighted to meet face to face or on a call.

Click here for details on how to pitch.

29th March 2021

Book your pitch call / meeting at or
+44 (0) 7470 712 599.

MTN Awards nominations are open!

Nominations are open for our 18th MTN Awards!

The search for the deals, dealers, issuers, investors, innovations and landmarks that will star in our 18th MTN Awards has begun.

In this extraordinary year impacted by Covid-19 the MTN and private placement markets have been thriving, offering issuers and investors solutions unlike any other asset class. Despite the initial spike in volatility and an uncertain future, the yield challenge remains bigger than ever in a tight spread – low rate environment where liquidity is abundant. We are looking forward to assembling the most inspirational set of MTN, private debt and structured note awards yet.

We invite your nominations across all of our award categories.

If you think you’ve had standout, inspirational and groundbreaking deals this year, then get in touch!

Pitch us!

  • Your Deals
  • Your Investor Solutions
  • Your Rising Stars
  • Your Dealers of the Year
  • Your Issuers of the Year
  • Your growth stories and trends
  • Your visions for the future!

We welcome your contributions in any format (PDF, PowerPoint, Word, email) and are delighted to virtually meet face to face (via zoom) or on a call.

Click here for more details on how to pitch.

PITCH DEADLINE: 22nd December 2020

Book your pitch call / zoom meeting at or +44 (0) 20 7437 1331.

Due to these unprecedented times, unfortunately we will not be able to celebrate physically on this 18th MTN Awards edition.

Stay safe and looking forward to hear from you !

And the 2020 Americas Award Winners are…

Announcing the mtn-i 14th Americas Structured Note Awards


While preparing to announce mtn-i’s 14th Americas Structured Note Awards, global markets were shaken to their core due to the advent of Covid-19. Never before, not even during the financial crisis of 2007, have our markets experienced such unprecedented levels of volatility and uncertainty.

However, during these times, the structured note markets have showcased unrivalled resilience and elasticity. The products allowed investor base to achieve their widely varying goals by providing enhanced returns, protected downsides and exposure to asset classes otherwise out of the reach of many buyers.

mtn-i’s mission is to reveal how structured products constantly evolve to meet investor needs in response to market conditions, and the current situation has offered an unparalleled insight into this process.

We have therefore decided to recognise UBS as a power performer during the crisis, leading the USD16bn wave of US equity-linked issuance the hit the market during the crisis with a range of products allowing investors to enhance their participation in the following equity market recovery.

With some investors flocking to the relative safety of fixed-rate and step-up callables Wells Fargo stepped up to the plate and provided over a third of US interest rate structures during the crisis, helping support a 50% year-on-year increase in rate-linked supply.


mtn-i’s 14th Americas Structured Note Awards for the period ending just before Coronavirus hit global markets in February 2020 underscored the continued growth and innovation in structured note markets across the Americas.

Last year we decided to announce our Americas awards grouped by themes – spotlighting more clearly the range of the market’s solutions and relevance to investors in each case and the firms leading their innovation. This year we continue on this path, highlighting the main drivers of innovation and investors solutions through 2019 as verified by mtn-i’s data.

The foremost players in structured note markets across the market accessed multiple growth trends via multiple asset classes. Bank of America, mtn-i’s US Structured Products Dealer of the Year, led from the front, tapping into multiple trends in the ELN market while rapidly expanding its rates platform to meet the needs of its broad client base.

In ELN space, Barclays has recaptured the top spot on the issuers league table, increasing its market share in an ever-competitive environment and making it once again the Equity-Linked Issuer of the Year.

Taking two House of the Year awards alongside an Editor’s Award Citigroup. As a leader in structured rates products the bank was integral in the resurgence of lighter structures also growing feeding demand for more complex products and was a leading dealer of the World Bank‘s callables in the US.

The rapid and sustained expansion of its US ELN business, tripling its issuance volumes since 2016, earns Citigroup an Editor’s Award and in Latin America the issuer consolidated its leadership reaching close to 15% of market share in the region and grew its penetration of a range of distribution channels.

A wave of demand for lightly structured rates products hit the market during 2019. The World Bank made a herculean push into the US market for fixed-rate callables, reaching more than USD20bn in issuance over the course of 2019 and earning them the accolade for Callable Issuer of the Year.

Tapping into the same trend, Ford Motor Credit Corp, mtn-i’s Corporate Issuer of the Year, accounted for 50% of all SEC-registered retail-targeted corporate callables thanks to the reach if Incapital‘s InterNote program.

In Canada, CIBC has delivered an excellent performance, further consolidating its N.1 position with a 38% market share of structured capital at risk products issuance. Their continued strength is recognised once again by the Canadian Structured Products Issuer of the Year award.

The diversification of exposures is a trend that has transcended the pre and post-coronavirus eras as investors have accelerated their search for new structures and underlyings. At one end of the spectrum, BBVA structured tweaks on traditional products while on the other end Credit Agricole led the way with a dynamic fund-linked solution. AAM and Desjardins, meanwhile, brought greater international equity exposure to their respective markets.

Environmental finance will be perennially relevant to capital markets. Amid the scarcity of green initiative, some have shown exceptional bravery in structuring new green solutions. BNP, always at the forefront of green innovation globally, stood out with a unique approach to an NGO sponsored tree-planting scheme. During BNP Green Week 2019, for every USD1,000 raised in ELNs one tree would be planted in Peru, resulting in a total of USD31m raised and 31,123 trees planted.

Investor appetite of the yield enhancement of structured rate products has grown over the past year and endured the recent crisis, becoming even more essential. the quest for yield endured and became even more crucial. Citigroup and Royal Bank of Canada led the USD14bn of World Bank callable notes, offering an attractive spread over Treasuries while maximising volatility and optionality value with perfect timing.

With a 50% market share, Toronto Dominion‘s journey in the SEC-market continues to be a story of growth, winning it the Rates Issuer & Dealer Rising Star award while Morgan Stanley‘s innovation in SOFR and Libor products lands the bank a power performer award.

The worsening trade-related tensions between the US and China, coupled with the anticipation of interest rate cuts from the Fed resulted in a huge gold-linked revival that has accelerated through the recent crisis. Underscoring this trend, JP Morgan offered the largest gold-linked pure-play of the last 6 years and reached a dominant position in the market with a 70% share.

Interest in accessing multiple asset classes to either enhance returns or to broaden exposure has persisted for more than 18 months. Societe Generale fed this hunger for hybrids notes combining equity and CMS spreads as the steepening of the curve post-March 2019 created an opportunity for investors.

Incapital took its market-linked product sales to USD5.7bn by the end of 2019, a record breaking achievementthat has landed it a Distributor of the Year award. The growth story is evident across Incapital’s business which saw a 9% growth in overall note sales and more than a 70% expansion in its distribution of rates structures. Alongside this Incapital also became a leading liquidity provider in the secondary market.

The return of value plays, and in particular a focus on high dividend paying equities, increasingly captured the attention of the market throughout 2019 and into the new year. Bank of America led the way by printing a series of notes linked to the STOXX Global Select Dividend 100 Index, identifying a pool of demand that several other issuers later came to utilise with their own structures.


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