Europe embraces synthetic future

As the European structured finance market has matured, the principles of conventional securitisation have been allied with other financing techniques. This has in turn producedmany innovative variations on the original theme. Standard & Poor’s Kurt Sampson investigates this brave new synthetic world.

In Europe, one of the most successful alliances within the structured finance market has been the marriage of securitisation with credit derivative technology, a financing tool that really took off in 2000 and is now clearly at the frontier of the European structured finance market’s growth.

A clear indication of that growth is the fact that this market segment accounted for 24% of publicly rated issuance in the first half of 2002 compared with 17.5% over the same period a year earlier

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