Deals of the Year 2009

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Even before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, 2008 was a bad year by anyone’s metrics. But the failure of the US dealer led to such chaos in the last few months of 2008, there seemed a real threat of some form of systemic collapse and, at the very least, further major casualties in both the financial and corporate sectors.

Certainly, as 2009 begun there would have been very few people willing to predict the year would see a record $3 trillion of issuance, with over half of that coming from non-fi