Runner-up: Wellcome trust

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The Wellcome Trust, Europe's largest charity and the second biggest globally behind the Gates foundation, launched the first major public bond offering from a charitable organisation in Europe in July.

The borrower's inaugural bond issue had a feelgood factor surrounding its launch, as proceeds of the transaction will be used for investments that will enable the firm to fund a wide range of scientific and medical research to improve health standards worldwide.

"It is a unique transaction and o

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