Singed by contingents

Deal-contingent Swaps

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been big business for investment banks in recent years. A record $4 trillion worth of deals was completed worldwide last year, and this was well on the way to being smashed in 2007, with volumes hitting $3.85 trillion in the first nine months of this year alone. It has been a gold mine for those banks with strong M&A franchises, with the top firms generating billions of dollars in fees.

But M&A advisory is not the only business to quicken the pulses of investme

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