SG launches arbitrage synthetic CDO with 100% Asian exposure

SG, the corporate and investment banking arm of Société Générale, has closed a $100 million arbitrage synthetic collateralised debt obligation (CDO), backed by a portfolio of Asian credit default swaps.

The transaction was arranged solely by SG and carries a final maturity of five years.

The underlying collateral consists of a portfolio of 25 credit default swaps based on the debt of companies from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, with an average rating of Baa3 by Moody’s.

The CDO comprises a $77 million senior-class tranche rated Aaa, a $13 million mezzanine class tranche rated Baa3 and a $10 million non-rated equity tranche.

“This is a landmark deal in the Asian CDO market, extending the application of CDO technology to purely Asian credits," said Gilbert Tse, head of structured derivatives at SG. The French bank plans to market the transaction around the world.

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