Second-guessing the rating agencies

Debt capacity advice

The term ‘debt capacity advisory services’ may not trip off the tongue, but increasingly, there is a small corner of just about every investment bank that answers to that description.

At Barclays Capital, which has developed its debt capacity advisory service over the past couple of years, “the very existence of the team reflects the extent to which this is a hot, hot issue with clients”, according to the team’s leader, Steve Francis, managing director for financial strategy. “Debt used to

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