Asia-Pacific Awards 2021 Nominations Are Open!

Pitch for our Asia Awards
and mtn-iTV

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.

It’s a wrap! The APac Showcase & Awards…

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 10th APac Showcase & Awards.

If you weren’t able to be with us in the Grand Hyatt Pool House in Hong Kong,
here’s what you missed:

  • Asia’s Top 10 MTN, Credit & Structured Solutions discussed by our Key Market Panel
  • Pitch star presentations from AroundtownIFCINGIntesa SanpaoloMizuhoNatwest Markets and The World Bank
  • Our Speed Networking and the Awards Dinner (not to mention the after party), with representatives from almost 30 institutions consisting of many of the region’s most important issuersinvestors and dealers

Here’s who came:

  • Aroundtown
  • BoCom HK
  • CCB International
  • CIBC
  • Citi
  • CLP Holdings
  • Credit Agricole CIB
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Fubon Financial
  • HALO
  • HKMA
  • HSBC
  • China Huarong AM
  • Hysan Development
  • ING
  • IFC
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Manulife
  • Maybank
  • Mizuho
  • Natwest Markets
  • New World Development Company
  • Nomura
  • Power Assets Holdings
  • Societe Generale
  • Standard Chartered
  • Taishin International Bank
  • The World Bank


Join us at an mtn-i event soon!

  • 6th February 202017th MTN Awards, London
  • 16th April 2020, 14th Americas Structured Note Showcase & Awards, Miami

And there’s more!

Early Bird alerts so that you can take part in next year’s event and awards. Click here

Access all mtn-i news and data daily. Click here

Invitations to mtn-i’s social and charity fundraising events globally. Click here

Photos from this year’s event. Click here

It’s a wrap! The Uridashi Awards…

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 2nd Uridashi Awards in Tokyo.

We hope you found the event to be a source of inspiration that will help you to do more business in the coming year! Click here for the photos.

50+ guests represented nearly 25 institutions constituting many of the region’s most important issuers, investors and dealers. Here’s who came!

  • Barclays
  • BNP Paribas
  • Capital Asset Management Co.
  • Credit Agricole CIB
  • Credit Suisse
  • HSBC
  • IFC
  • Kagawa Securities
  • Kommuninvest
  • Leonteq
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Mizuho
  • Monex
  • Natwest Markets
  • Okasan Securities
  • SMBC Nikko
  • Societe Generale
  • SEK
  • TD Securities
  • The World Bank
  • Tokai Tokyo
We would really appreciate your feedback! Our goal is to great an event that is as valuable as possible – so please let us know what worked for you and how we can take things to the next level. Please click here for our quick feedback survey.

*THE URIDASHI WINNERS* mtn-i 2nd Uridashi Awards

The heat is on!

The announcement of our 2nd mtn-i Uridashi Awards comes at an interesting moment in the history of the world’s longest established market dedicated to yield enhancement for retail savers. The yen’s strength has dented both FX-linked demand and the quanto swap-driven yields achievable on non-Japanese index-linkers. Meanwhile the attractive return on Japanese household names’ retail offerings, such as Softbank’s JPY1trillion retail jumbo and megabank’s juicy subordinated debt, proved a competitive challenge to both vanilla and structured Uridashi notes.

We weighed issuer and dealer pitches with our own analysis of the market’s key themes, trends and performances, using the mtn-i data and analytics platform to crunch almost 1,300 Uridashi deals equivalent to USD22bn across vanilla and five types of asset classes sub-dividing into 10 different products – and reported in our daily news coverage.

Resilience testing

Our inaugural awards last year paid homage to the Uridashi market itself – a story which began in the 1980s which mtn-i’s data and news coverage have been dedicated to covering for the last two decades. Our 2nd Uridashi awards spotlight the institutions, products and trends that proved resilient in the face of these significant challenges during the past 12 months. And of course, the headwinds they represent to the investment strategy of the CIO of the Japanese savings pool characterised as Mrs Watanabe – reputed by many bankers to have a better track record than many hedge fund managers.

Much more importantly for the long run, we reveal the more systemic shifts of institutional attention, product innovation and creative product and distributor alliances that affirm the Uridashi market’s biggest strategic importance. Notably this is its pioneering of sustainable capital market initiatives that improve the future prospects for the survival of our planet and the quality of human life upon it. A role and a trend so creatively epitomised by the multitude of SRI deals along our recognition of the rising temperature in Tokyo.

So it is, quite literally in every sense, that the heat is on in Uridashis – which makes us more excited than ever before in announcing these awards, presenting them and honouring this market next week at our 2nd mtn-i Uridashi Awards reception at MoodBoard in Tokyo, on Thursday, October 3rd.

Sustainability surging

As we announce the awards, investors in the previous weather-linker – a deal referencing the Tokyo temperature that we recognised last year – from the world’s only issuer of the product Monex, got healthy double digit basis point return on their investment. This made them among the first investors anywhere to receive returns from the impact of climate change itself.

Despite having a growing share of the overall market, SRI-linked sales still only jumped to 6% of the total market volume. But the innovation in the space could not have been more diverse or strategically significant. The SRI theme claimed six of our awards – in addition to the climate-related weather-linker – across all categories and the only theme to prove capable of this range.

SMBC Nikko’s performance – a powerful endorsement in its own right while also broadening its parent bank’s commitment to retail green bonds – earned the firm a Dealer Performance award. Meanwhile the World Bank’s raising of awareness for the UN’s Social Development Goals through highlighting the impact of food waste and preservation of water resources while exploring these themes in EM currencies and structures earned it a similar Issuer recognition. MUFG and the International Finance Corp enlivened the sector with the world’s first structured social bond via a dual FX structured series – delivering the SRI theme to the core of structured Uridashi demand. Monex’s innovation on its Tokyo temperature-linker and its new alliance with Leonteq, keeps rising temperatures in the frame with a new Deal of the Year award.

Dynamic dealers

Our overall institutional performance awards credit the depth and breadth of institutional Issuer and Dealer performances across the vanilla and structured Uridashi spaces as they navigated the challenging environment. In the case of this year’s winning issuers we also recognise their bounce back from the impact of regulatory challenges in Europe.

Our Dealer performance awards credit MUFG’s ongoing giant structured market share and lead over rivals, its domination of dual FX structures and notable firsts in the social and thematic Uridashi space. Nomura’s ongoing supremacy of the vanilla space, driven by the success of its sales for Toyota, stood out in a year marked by Softbank’s rivalry while TD gets credit as a Rising Star Dealer for the success of its new Uridashi business particularly in the innovative combination of SRI themes and EM FX in the toughest of the FX swap environments.

Enterprising dealers

SEK’s powerful return to prominence in Structured Uridashi made it our Issuer of the Year while Toyota’s success in a competitive credit space drove it to the Vanilla Issuer of the year. Power performer awards also recognise success for Kommuninvest in equity-linked structures and Rabobank’s sophistication as a vanilla issuer.

Delivering distributors

Our dedication to detailed Uridashi data collection, combined with mtn-i’s powerful search and analysis platform, illuminated the important contribution distributors, like Okasan Securities, play in opening investor demand to new products and themes such as the SDGs. Tokai Tokyo’s diverse origination and distribution of stock underlyings, earned it a Power Performer Award, as it delivered a key yield enhancement solution, similar to the ongoing trends in many other developed markets.

Structuring size and innovation

Deal of the Year recognitions for structured notes range from trendy US dollar rate-linkes to KfW’s return with its largest ever yen ELN ever to JP Morgan’s unique corporate event-linked series.

Click here to see all our award winners!

Celebrating Uridashi

Thank you so much to everyone who pitched for these awards. We look forward to celebrating this diverse new chapter in the Uridashi market’s history with you at Moodboard next Thursday .

Click here if you would like an invitation to attend – all market participants are welcome.

Warmest regards,
Mike Tims & Atanas Dinov
Founder & CEO / Assistant Editor

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