Sovereign - Winner: Republic of Ireland

Bookrunners: Barclays Capital, Calyon, Davy Securities, Deutsche Bank, RBS

Ireland's second bond issue in six months defied the odds and took full advantage of a brief lull in market conditions to issue a record-breaking EUR7 billion sovereign bond back in April.

Sean Taor, head of sovereign, frequent issuer and covered bond syndicate, and covered bond and European agency trading at Barclays Capital, and one of five joint lead managers in the deal, puts the success of the launch at least partly do