Time to think about the 16th MTN Awards…

Nominations open next month for our 16th MTN Awards!

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

Send your nominations in Word, PDF, Powerpoint or email format. Term sheets, data submissions and other supporting material, while not essential, are welcome.

NOMINATIONS OPEN: 22nd October 2018

PITCH DEADLINE: 7th December 2018

  • Nominate by email to awards@mtn-i.com
  • Book your pitch call / meeting with us by email to awards@mtn-i.com or call +44 (0) 20 7437 1331
  • Save the date to celebrate: 7th February 2019
  • Think about clients & colleagues to celebrate with on the night!

And save these dates!

  • 18th October 2018 for our 9th Asia Pacific Showcase & Awards, Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
  • 4th December 2018 for our London MTN Christmas Party, The Arts Theatre Club, Soho
  • 7th February 2019 for our 16th MTN Awards, 155 Bishopsgate, London

Should you have any questions or require any clarification about the awards process please call us on +44 20 7437 1331 or email awards@mtn-i.com.

mtn-i Summer Party Pictures

Over 60 market participants from some 30 institutions enjoyed catching up with colleagues and making new connections whilst taking in a panoramic view of the city from the Ace Hotel Rooftop.

Our Mexican friends at Nacional Financiera added a LatAm touch to the party while a newcomer from Fusion Asset Management entered the mtn-i circle.


If you couldn’t make it, we look forward to seeing you at an mtn-i event soon…

  • 9th Asia-Pacific Showcase & Awards – 18th October 2018, Hong Kong *NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN*
  • mtn-i MTN Market Christmas Party – 4th December 2018, London
  • 16th MTN Awards – 7th February 2019, London
  • 13th Americas Showcase & Awards – 4th April 2019, Miami

What a night! The 15th MTN Awards dinner

Another memorable night!

mtn-i’s Annual MTN Awards reached their 15th anniversary last week with another record turnout and over GBP7,000 raised for children’s charities – all hosted by the voice of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!

The World Bank, Aroundtown, Banco Santander, Hitachi Capital, the IFC, KfW, KION Group, MOL, Qatar National Bank, Rentenbank, SEK and Tideway were among the illustrious list of borrowers recognised, while M&G Investments led the buyside presence. Over 50 institutions were represented at the event.

Alan Dedicoat of BBC Radio, Dancing with the Stars and the UK National Lottery announced the winners, while Liv Austen serenaded the nearly 190 attendees!

Click here… to see all the evening’s images!

Dealers, Issuers and Investors of the Year!

This year’s recognitions continued to range across private debt markets, embracing Euro PPs, Schuldscheine and Green Bonds as well as traditional MTN and structured notes.

Citi and HSBC were MTN and Private Placement Houses of the Year, respectively, while SEK scooped Issuer of the Year.

JP Morgan won Emerging Markets & Rate Swap Dealer of the Year, while Societe Generale was Corporate Dealer of the Year.

Our Editor’s Award honoured Credit Agricole for its leadership in green/SRI debt. Our new Market Future awards recognised BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan for the Spire debt repackaging platform, and LBBW and Daimler for their primary market blockchain initiative.

Our Rising Stars, Deals of the Year, Investor Solutions and Power Performer (new this year!) categories spotlighted yet more entrepreneurial dealership, innovative structuring, investor discovery and intrepid issuing in MTN and private placement markets.

Click here… to see all our award-winners!

Over GBP7,000 for CATS and Free to Be Kids!

The generous donation of auction items and bidders on the night raised over GBP7,000 for two children’s charities.

CATs, the charity founded by ex-Dresdner MTN trader Daniel Lewi (now mtn-i’s business development manager), supports families and children affected by Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease.

We were also honoured to be joined by Free To be Kids co-founder Rachel Nichols. Free to be Kids provides residential therapeutic adventures and activities for vulnerable children.

As a start-up ourselves (though now over 15 years old) mtn-i is proud to be supporting innovative charity start-ups and give them long-term support.

Since our award dinners started we’ve raised over £100,000 for vulnerable and sick children.

mtn-iTV – coming soon!

We’re looking forward to launching mtn-iTV starting with our Award Winner Interviews!

Watch out for interviews with Credit Suisse, Hitachi Capital, IFC, Nomura, Credit Agricole, Aroundtown, ABN Amro and other leading institutions coming soon!

You will need to have a login for mtn-i.com so if you are not on our service make sure to Register Here… for your Free Trial or email daniel@mtn-i.com to discuss a licence.

Up next…

  • 12th Americas Structured Note Showcase & Awards – 12th April, Miami
  • Call us on +44 20 7437 1331 or email events@mtn-i.com to book your showcase passes and award dinner seats!

Amazing line-up for the mtn-i Awards Auction

Amazing and unique items up for auction all in aid of:

Here is a preview of what we have available so get your funding lined up for next Thurday’s 15th mtn-i MTN Awards Charity Auction in aid of Free to Be Kids and CATS Foundation:

Donated by Santander we have: 2 Grandstand tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstoneon 8th July 2018

Donated by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we have 4 best available tickets, valid for 1 year from the auction, to the winner’s choice of production at the Old Vic


Donated by Credit Agricole we have a gift box of Crédit Agricole Grand Crus Bordeaux wines:
Le tour de Mons 2008 Cru Bourgeois – Margaux
Rayne Vigneau – 2006 – 1st Grand Cru Classe – Sauternes
Meyney 2007 – Grand Vin – Saint Saint-Estephe


Donated by Barclays, we have: 2 tickets to see Crystal Palace play Liverpool on Saturday 31st March


Donated by the ANdAZ hotel, we have 1 voucher for Afternoon Tea in the 1901 Lounge for 2 guests with a glass of Prosecco included.
Donated by Heartcore Fitness, we have a 5 class voucher for their addictive and results driven workout classes!

2017/18 Liverpool Football Club Squad Shirt
Signed by the players
Donated by Standard Chartered

Donated by Waller Woodworks we have an end grain chopping board handmade by Northampton Saints prop, Alex Waller
One bottle of Dom Perignon

Framed mini cricket-bat
Signed by Sir Ian Botham
Donated by James Howard

Donated by Credit Agricole we have a second
gift box of Crédit Agricole Grand Crus Bordeaux wines:
Le tour de Mons 2008 – Cru Bourgeois – Margaux
Grand Puy Decasse 2011 – 1st Grand Cru Classes – Pauillac
Meyney 2011 – Grand Vin – Saint-Estephe


Donated by the ANdAZ hotel, we have a 1 night stay at the ANdAZ for 2 guests with breakfast included (weekend only)
Donated by Heartcore Fitness, we have a a 5 class voucher for their addictive and results driven workout classes!


Donated by RBC Capital Markets, we have two tickets for Mood Music at the Old Vic (21st April – 16th June)
One bottle of Dom Perignon


British Cycling jersey
Signed by Jason Kenny
Donated by HSBC
Donated by JLA we have:
‘The Experiments’ DVD signed by Derren Brown
‘Would I Lie to You?’ board game signed by Rob Brydon
‘Pointless’ board game signed by Richard Osman

Free To Be was established to support children & young people who are struggling with social or emotional difficulties, and to help create lasting change for vulnerable children’s emotional health.

Skilled volunteers work with disadvantaged children & young people across London to rebuild self-esteem, boost resilience and to help explore challenging emotions and ways of managing via one to one mentoring, after school groups and therapeutic adventures & residentials.

Click here to find out more about Free to Be.

Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs Foundation is dedicated to providing awareness of Tay Sachs and Sandhoff diseases and supporting the families affected.

In 2016, CATS Foundation are launching their ‘Race for the Cure’ campaign, as they begin clinical trials for a possible cure. The charity provides a support network, respite trips and vital equipment so that a sufferer’s quality of life is as high as possible. The CATS Foundation also provides funding to the research team who are investigating a potential treatment for both Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease.

Click here to find out more about CATS.

*THE WINNERS* mtn-i MTN Awards

Embracing evolution

We are very proud to announce mtn-i’s 2017 MTN, Private Placement and Structured Debt Awards! This year’s recognitions, which include two important new award categories, reflect a deeper, more ambitious search than ever before for innovative issuer and investor solutions, as well as the evolution of dealers’ business models and the increasing impact of new technology.

With dealers moving away from old flow models to focus on opportunities best matched to their competitive edges, we introduce our ‘Power Performer’awards to recognise these efforts. Similarly, our new ‘Market Future’ awards embrace technology’s role in developing these markets.

A record 32 institutions pitched for mtn-i awards this year, putting forward hundreds of ideas. We weighed these inputs against our data, analysis and daily coverage of these markets.

The resulting decisions announced today highlight what we believe were the year’s most significant deals and performances. They provide a definitive illustration of private debt markets’ value and of the key forces shaping them in 2017 and beyond – including the boom in corporate origination(and fall-off in FIG offerings, notwithstanding the ramp-up in senior non-preferred), the trend for hybrid public/private market execution and the return of inflation structures.

They also celebrate the longer-term revolutions represented by cross-market debt repackaging, blockchain execution and the rise of green/SRI markets.

Corporate push

Overall private debt volumes fell this year as buoyant public markets and the ECB proved more attractive sources of FIG funding. Nonetheless, the product and borrower palette continues to expand.

Most notably, it was a bumper year for corporate access to private debt demand in all formats – particularly investor appetite for new credits, as well as the Schuldschein market’s surging growth and internationalisation.

Corporates dominate our Rising Star and Deal of the Year recognitions and even feature among our new Market Future awards, which herald Daimler’s groundbreaking use of blockchain. The strength of demand for unrated and triple B names is evident in landmark transactions for names such as Dyson, KION Group and Mohawk Industries, and underpins the strategic execution of Rising Star issuers Aroundtown and Hitachi Capital.

Moreover, notable sales for Caruna, Elenia and Ford made RBC our Rising Star corporate dealer.

Outperformance recognised

Corporate transactions also figure significantly among our first set of Power Performers. Goldman Sachs’ striking push into non-core currencies, for example, included green and conventional debt in Norwegian kroner for Alperia and Aroundtown, as well as 30-year Swedish kronor for SNCF Reseau.

NatWest helped drive the triple-B trend with notable deals for Ellevio, Infra Park and WPP.

Barclays too boasted corporate deals for Telefonica and GB Social Housing (including modified Dutch auctions) among its stand-out initiative in taps. This also formed part of the firm’s powerful push in emerging market currencies.

Another of the year’s key themes, inflation structures, was prominent in our Power Performers’ stories – again, especially for corporate issuers. While the reviving asset class’s standout deal was inevitably Ireland’s debut via a EUR600m-plus domestic HICPx-linker, linker landmarks formed notable elements of both of Barclays and NatWest’s performances.

The former placed over EUR400m of 30-year Eurozone HICPx-linkers for SNCF Reseau. The latter spearheaded UK institutions’ shift from into CPI-linkers from the traditional RPI benchmark with sales for Affinity Water and United Utilities.

In addition, Lloyds married inflation uniquely with green amortising debt in its Deal of the Year with RBC for Tideway and buyer M&G, while a 15-year French HICPx-linker for APRR was part of Natixis’s Investor Solution award for long-dated Euro origination and distribution.

Preferential treatment

This year’s USD5bn-equivalent take-off in senior non-preferred is another of the year’s key themes captured by our Power Performers. Banco Santander accounts for more than half of non-syndicated sales of the bail-in product, with new issues in five currencies. The Spanish megabank’s own dealer leads as many as 16 firms to have placed the product privately for it (who also include Goldman opening the Norwegian SNP sector).

Senior non-preferred’s unexpected private debut in the backwater of Romanian leu is also recognised in our Deals of the Year.

Commitment measured

In the past a clutch of banks maintained a full-service, ‘king of all markets’ approach to MTNs. Few now have maintained the resource commitment to lead key markets across the globe – a performance that again wins Citigroup our MTN Dealer of the Year award.

Similarly, HSBC leveraged the power and breadth of its global franchise to pull off an extraordinary number of private placement origination coups. Accordingly, it is again our Private Placement Dealer of the Year.

Among issuers, while many new names burned bright one name’s commitment to a truly global strategy for long-term access to the best priced markets triumphed – generating a powerful pick-up in its volumes even as overall flows fell, thanks to its rare ability to navigate both the Japanese and US retail markets. SEK is our Issuer of the Year.

Green dream

Its leadership in green and SRI financing is much lauded. But our Editor’s Award recognises Credit Agricole‘s commitment to embedding the values of these markets throughout its business. Even defining the deals it will no longer do if they contravene these and playing a leading role in producing the Green principles which will secure the fast growing market’s future credibility.

Our award also highlights capital markets’ growing investment in making our world a better place – a remarkable statement to be able to make a decade on from the global financial crisis.


  • Save the date – 8th February 2018 for our awards dinner
  • Invite clients, book a table and celebrate your success in style
  • REGISTER ONLINE TODAY – literally takes 3 minutes, call us on +44 20 7437 1331 or email events@mtn-i.com.
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