Oversubscribed CLO points to returning Asian risk appetite, more CLOs expected

Standard Chartered's most recent Start deal proved oversubscribed, suggesting a returning credit risk appetite in Asia. Meanwhile, more CLOs are expected this year.

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Standard Chartered's December collateralised loan obligation (CLO), thought to be the first publicly sold deal in Asia since the crisis was in swing - has proved popular with investors, suggesting that credit risk appetite is returning to the region and investors are losing their fear of synthetic transactions. The deal was a balance sheet transaction for Standard Chartered.

"It was oversubscribed, which is always encouraging," said Matthew Hebburn, partner at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong. "For

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