Deals in Focus: Barclays

Barclays Bank’s €2 billion 10-year deal reopened the UK covered bond market, which was brought to a shuddering halt in the autumn of 2007 at the onset of the financial crisis. The issuer had contemplated testing the waters late last year, but in those dark post-Lehman days it decided discretion was the better part of valour and put its plans on hold.

Although the environment for issuers has improved greatly since then, Barclays and other aspiring issuers from the UK do not enjoy the inherent

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