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We are 15!

We are 15!

Over 100 MTN professionals joined us at London’s Madison rooftop bar on the 8th September to celebrate mtn-i’s 15th Birthday. We partied into the early hours of the morning and raised more money for children’s charities. And nearly everybody wore their mtn-i 15th Birthday badges!

The first 15 years have been a rollercoaster for us all. So it was great to celebrate with so many who have been trading MTNs for that long – in some cases longer! Among those in this category, we were honoured to be joined by Ann-Marie Ahlen Fihlman from Swedish Export Credit and Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s former head of international funding, the now-retired Jacques Lumb.

The 1st million deals!

It’s a long-standing tradition for mtn-i events to coincide with volcanic eruptions and once in a century snowstorms or typhoons or market crashes! So it was good to be blessed with a beautiful evening and stable markets for once. 

So it’s a great moment to think of the things that MTNs have been at the heart of funding during that time! The work of the World Bank, 500m child vaccines in developing countries, and the bridge and tunnel link between Denmark and Sweden spring to mind – among many others!

In our 15 years as mtn-i – though some of us have been reporting MTNs for more than 20 years – we’ve databased and reported over 1 million deals worth more than 35 trillion dollars!

£65k for children so far!

Our raffle at the party raised another £1,000 for charity on top of the £64,000 we’ve raised with your help in recent years – all to support vulnerable children. This year we’ve raised £5k for the CATs Foundation which supports children with Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease and their families (founded by former Commerzbanker, the amazingly resourceful Dan Lewi). The money we raised at the party goes towards funding the £6,000 we’ve already given to Free To Be Kids, which provided 27 vulnerable London children with a life-changing summer break this August. And later this year we will also be raising money for Lemn Sissay’s Christmas Dinners for Care Leavers, which ensures that children who leave local authority care continue to have somewhere to go on Christmas Day into their 20s.

Heartfelt thanks!

As mtn-i’s founder and CEO I’d like to offer my heart-felt thanks to every mtn-i user for your amazing enthusiasm and generosity towards us and our charities over the years. We look forward to reporting and recognising your work with continued enthusiasm over the next 15 years! CLICK HERE to see the photos from the party! 

The next stop on our journey is the 7th Asia Pacific Showcase and Awards, 20 October Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong…

See you soon!

  • 20th October 2016 – 7th Asia Pacific Showcase & Awards, Hong Kong
  • 24th October 2016 – Global Nominations OPEN (Close 2nd December 2016)
  • 6th December 2016 – London MTN Christmas Party
  • 9th January 2017 – Americas Nominations OPEN (Close 24th February 2017)
  • 9th February 2017 – 3rd Global Showcase & 14th Global Awards, London
  • 6th April 2017 – 11th Americas Structured Note Showcase & Awards, Miami.

Amazing Auction Items for next Thursday’s mtn-i Awards Charity Auction

WOW what a collection! Get your funding ready!

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

Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs Foundation

We’ve really been overwhelmed by the items donated for auction this year. And so will your nearest and dearest should you still be looking for that gift that says – money and exclusivity couldn’t stop me this Valentines Day.

Have is a preview of what we have available so get your funding lined up for this Thurday’s 13th mtn-i MTN Awards Charity Auction in aid of CATS Foundation:


Art from the Album ‘Ghost Stories’

We have two stunning 1m x 1m (framed) etchings of the artwork from Coldplay‘s last album ‘Ghost Stories’ signed by all the members of the band and the artist Mila Furstova.

This piece is entitled ‘MIDNIGHT’

This original etching by artist Mila Furstova, signed by COLDPLAY is a limited edition collectors item with an estimated value of GBP2,500 – 4,000

This piece is entitled ‘TRUE LOVE’

This original etching by artist Mila Furstova, signed by COLDPLAY is a limited edition collectors item with an estimated value of GBP2,500 – 4,000


Donated by BNP Paribas we have:

  • DAVIS CUP TICKETS, 2 x tickets for the Davis Cup Tie : GB v Japan, (Saturday 5th March 2016, Birmingham)


  • QUEENS FINAL, 2 x tickets for the Queens Final, (Sunday 19th June 2016)


Donated by Barclays we have 2 tickets for Tottenham vs Southampton, 7th May 2016.


Grand Puy Ducasse 2009

6 bottles

Donated by Crédit Agricole CIB we have 6 bottles of Grand Puy Ducasse 2009 – Bordeaux Grand Crus Classe – always a favorite at our auctions.

Chateau Meyney

6 bottles

Also donated by Crédit Agricole CIB we have 6 bottles of Chateau Meyney.


Overnight Andaz stay

Donated by the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel an overnight stay in the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, King room with breakfast included (Value £250).


The Play That Goes Wrong tickets

Donated by Nimax Theatres, we have a great night out for 2 with tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre (Value £100).

An Evening at The Old Vic

Donated by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we have two tickets, (best available seats), at The Old Vic (Value £100).


Donated by CATS we have a Liverpool FC shirt, signed by the team.
Also donated by CATS we have a signed Celtic football.
A third item donated by CATS is a pair of Visaro boots signed by Vincent Kompany.
Donated by Barclays we have a signed Tottenham Shirt.

2013 Lions Tour Jersey

Signed by Sam Warburton

Donated by HSBC we have a 2013 British & Irish Lions jersey signed by the winning tour captain and Welsh No.7 supremo – Sam Warburton.

England Rugby Jersey

Signed by Mike Brown

Also donated by HSBC we have an England rugby shirt signed by Mike Brown.

Northampton Saints & England Rugby Jerseys

Signed jerseys

Donated by Alex Waller, loose head prop with Northampton Saints, we have two jerseys. A team jersey signed by the players of Northampton Saints PLUS an England rugby jersey signed by Saints members of the national squad – Dylan Hartley, Ben Foden, Courtney Lawes, Alex Corbisiero, Luther Burrell, Tom Wood, Stephen Myler & Lee Dickson.


2 Pairs of Chanel Sunglasses

Donated by Colin Allen we have two pairs of top of the range Chanel sunglasses. (Value in excess of £200 each)


Heartcore Fitness

10 class voucher

Donated by Heartcore Fitness, we have a 10 class voucher for their addictive and results driven workouts which sculpt your physique in ways traditional exercise simply can’t match. (Value £220)

Donated by JLA, signed books by Sir Chris Hoy, Chris Hadfield, and a signed Eddie Izzard DVD.

Donated by AV Projections we have a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Donated by Smitty’s Big Four, 4 tickets to one of their gigs plus 4 copies of their EP.

PLUS MORE TO COME… Watch this space!

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 sufferers 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.

Announcement: The closure of Kids Company

Dear Supporters

I’m writing to you with considerable shock and great sadness to confirm – as you probably know already – that Kids Company – the charity that mtn-i has supported for the last 18-months with your very generous support has closed.

You will have seen a steady stream of allegations and concerns raised about Kids Company in the press over the last 8 months regarding its financial management, its impact and its value for money. Last week a police investigation was launched by the Metropolitan police child abuse, sex offences and exploitation unit.

These allegations began just as the government decided to end its long-standing commitment to fund the charity – with the offer of a one off re-structuring grant to make the transition. Even though most of Kids Company’s funding came from business and private donations – these became increasingly difficult to raise as the charity endured bad publicity.

Last week, within minutes of the restructuring payment being made and £3m of match funding about to be made available from a philanthropist donor – a police investigation was announced and the private donor understandably withdrew. At this point – to comply with company law – the charity had to call in the receivers.

Whilst the press has portrayed Kids Company as charity supported by celebrities and government grants, the majority of its funding came from businesses and city institutions like ours across the last 19 years, and Kids Company has been charity of the year for 19 different London banks.

I’m sure many of you-either via mtn-i’s engagement with Kids Company or through your own institutions had only previously been impressed and inspired by the charities work. Nothing in the research we did in deciding to support Kids Company or our experience since has raised any concerns – indeed the opposite. We were similarly impressed by our visit to some of the Company’s operations and the young people and staff we’ve met on our two Kayak fundraising days.

We raised money for Kids Company from you with considerable enthusiasm and good faith and you have been incredibly generous to the tune of £33,000 over the last couple of years and we were very proud of the results we achieved. Obviously, since the allegations began we’ve been deeply concerned that your support might have been mis-directed.

So with the exception of course of the criminal investigation, as each allegation has emerged I’ve raised each concern with the charity and independently verified the claims and counter claims. I’ve reviewed all relevant audit reports, annual reports, independent scientific research papers and all have testified to how well the charity is managed and how effective its work is. Kids Company has also shared with me evidence that is not in the public domain. I have yet to see any evidence of any kind of financial mis-conduct or poor management that has been claimed. Indeed the more research I’ve read the more impressed I’ve been by the charities work. It’s been very hard to reconcile this with the press coverage.

I’m personally in no doubt that the vast majority of the management and the work of Kids Company has been done with the most honourable intent and achieved exceptional outcomes in extremely challenging conditions. The circumstances that have led to its downfall are exceptional. I believe that in due course the full truth will emerge and our trust will not have been dishonoured.

Please find below the following statements from Kids Company itself.



Closure of Kids Company

On behalf of the Trustees of Kids Company, it is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that we have taken the very difficult decision to close the charity.

We have been forced to do so because collectively, despite the extraordinary efforts of Camila and her team, some truly enlightened philanthropists and the government, we have not been able to raise enough money to meet the ongoing costs and liabilities. The recent negative press coverage has been particularly damaging.

The charity’s 11 street level centres in London and Bristol and its outreach project in Liverpool will close immediately and its work with over 40 schools in London and Bristol will also come to an end. These services impact on thousands of vulnerable children, young people and families across the country many of whom are categorised as high risk.

Kids Company has been in existence for over 19 years, growing from very small beginnings to one of Britain’s best loved charities. The organisation has been predominantly funded by donations from individuals, trusts and foundations and by government grants. This year, however, Kids Company found that previous levels of funding did not materialise and in order to continue delivering its successful and effective services, the charity planned to restructure to a level that could be supported by a lower annual turnover. It sought funds to restructure from government and a group of philanthropic donors but in the end this was not enough to meet the charity’s ongoing liabilities.

“I want to thank you for the remarkable support you have given our children and young people over so many years. The challenges that Kids Company has had to face will not go away. I am sure you are as concerned as we are for the future of these young people.”
Alan Yentob, Chairman of Trustees

“We have been forced to close Kids Company which we do with profound sadness. Our children, staff, and volunteers supported by trustees and extraordinarily generous donors, have over the last 19 years helped create an inspirational community committed to recovery and love. The catastrophic abandonment of children who are suffering is a testimony to our collective moral failing. I hope one day the childhood maltreatment wound, that is so deeply hurting this country, will heal. I apologise to all the courageous and dignified young people who have touched our hearts and made us brave. The hope we shared together cannot be negated and will serve to strengthen our resolve never to be silenced when your truth needs to be told. To the staff of Kids Company, you are a gift. For everything we have learnt, I am deeply grateful.”
Camila Batmanghelidjh,
Founder of Kids Company



A message from our Kids Company liaison.

Dear Supporters,

It is with such a sad heart that I write this email and before I go on the below is my personal point of view. In the last two years I have seen how incredibly generous you have been to our charity. Whether it has been through fundraising, mentoring or one of our volunteer days. We are truly grateful to you and others around you who rallied around. It has has been a constant source of happiness to myself – you have all done such incredible things to support us. Our young people and children have been happier because of it. I wish that we could carry on in this journey but sadly it is not to be.

Please remember Kids Company in the way that you have seen it, whether it was down at the schools, in our centres or one of our countless Tea With Camila’s. The press has not only skewered the view of Kids Company but also made it impossible for us to continue our fundraising. I personally am sure that these allegations will come to nothing. If you have ever had worries about your money please be assured that we have been audited by some of the top accountancy firms in the UK. Only last year did the Cabinet Office commission a confidential audit by PKF Littlejojn into how Kids Company. The auditors said, *’no recommendations to make in terms of improvements to the governance systems and risk assessment process. The information provided in the management accounts is appropriate for an organisation like Kids Company.’ Over the last twenty years we have worked on the basis of not having reserves. This lack of reserves is a result of the huge need for Kids Company services and the fact that there is very little guaranteed funding.

Until last Thursday, we had a robust plan for the future, a list of confirmed (sizeable) donations and excitement for the restructure and the move forward. We were then hit by the sexual abuse allegations, and since then the confirmed donors have pulled their money. Without this, we have been forced to close. I have included an official statement below regarding this.

Thank you for all your messages of support in the recent weeks we have felt very lucky to have such a great voices behind us. It has been great to work with all of you – time that I will truly cherish.


SPLASH-DOWN!!! MTN market Kayak Trip raises £4k for Kids Company!

GBP4,000 in donations and rising!!!
A BIG THANK YOU to all who took part.

2nd London MTN Kayaking Expedition and Industry Drinks – 22nd May 2015

The MTN market raised another £4,000 for Kids Company last Friday. Once again we brought all our MTN dealers, issuers and Kids Company Urban Academy crew back safely, despite some tired arms!! 

We are delighted with the response to this event, our second, and we are already looking forward to 2016.

“I haven’t left the house in two weeks and today I was in a kayak, on the Thames, laughing out loud.”

Poignant words from one of our Kids Company crew, which highlight the wonderfully positive effect of your support on the lives of others.

As we head into June, we are over half way to our annual target of GBP25,000 for Kids Company. Thanks to your wonderful generosity we have raised GBP12,910 to date.

We are busy planning our next event and hitting our target soon so please help us get there. If you couldn’t make it last Friday you can still support the work Kids Company do in transforming the lives of young people and help us reach our target – Donate HERE…

They need more money to provide activities for neglected and abused children during the summer holiday – a time when kids from chaotic home environments find life even tougher without the support they get from going to school.

If you would like to find out more about the difference Kids Company can make click here…

See all our MTN Kayak Trip Pics!

We particularly want to thank the following institutions and the individuals who came on their behalf, for the very generous time and donations:

  • ANZ
  • Aspire
  • Colin Allen Photography
  • Diawa
  • BNP Paribas
  • Citi
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Crédit Agricole CIB
  • Credit Suisse
  • Harbottle & Lewis
  • Heartcore
  • Liv Austen
  • Lloyds
  • Lush
  • Mitsubishi MTNs
  • Mizuho
  • Nedbank
  • Nomura
  • Nunn Hayward
  • Origin
  • Promedia
  • Rabobank
  • Santander
  • Smarthouse
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Sync Recruitment
  • Voni Blu

Finally, we would like to thank and acknowledge the fantastic work, flexibility and service from all the team in Kayaking London and we’d like to recommend them to you for a great team outing!!!

Tomorrow’s Agenda: MTN Drinks, Charity Kayaking & Raffle – See our PRIZES!

We are ready to Kayak ka ka ka!!!

But for those not joining us on the water, here are 
3 GREAT reasons to come along tomorrow evening…

  • MTN drinks! Start your long weekend with a well deserved Friday drink among 40+ already confirmed as we celebrate another successful charity event in aid of Kids Company.
  • Pick up one of our great prizes by picking up some tickets for our charity raffle to be held during tomorrow evening. More details below.
  • Start the Bank Holiday with a warm feeling having shared a few drinks with friends and supported a great cause, the work of Kids Company!

To join us tomorrow evening all we are asking is for a suggested minimum donation of £25, or whatever you can to Kids Company via our Charity Page or in person tomorrow evening.

The Facts #1: Raffle you say?

Tickets will be allocated to those who donate online or can be bought on the night.

  • £10 for 5
  • £25 for 15
  • £50 for 40
  • £100 for 100

Make your donation HERE…, we will allocate tickets and you could be in with a chance to pick up:

  • Dom Perignon Champagne (we have 2 up for grabs)
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • Chanel Ladies sunglasses (we have 2 up for grabs)
  • 5 Class Voucher to Heartcore Fitness
  • Photoshoot with Colin Allen
  • Jewellery from Voni Blu (Boutique)
  • Traditional Chinese Comb & Mirror
  • Liv Austen EP & tickets to Album Launch
  • plus more…

The Facts #2:

See you at the Lots Road Dining Room, London SW10 0RJ from 17.30 tomorrow, Friday 22nd May 2015.

Download the MTN Kayaking Flyer here…

This is an open invitation to anyone working the MTN space, so spread the word, invite your clients and desk colleagues and see you tomorrow evening.

For any queries please email us at or call +44 20 7437 1331

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