FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2000 - Best Investment Grade Bond Deal

MTR Corporation, $600 million global bond

Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Merrill Lynch

The year 2000 may have proved thin pickings in Asia for the international debt markets, but those deals that have been launched, have in the main been well executed and well received. And none proved the case more effectively than the $600 million bond offering by the MTR Corporation.

Long considered Hong Kong's proxy sovereign borrower, the A3A-rated credit has traditionally vied with China in being able to maintain the tightest spread levels among non-Japan Asia's sovereign credit spectrum. Consequently, getting a deal right for the group is not so much a matter of resolving particular credit issues, but making sure timing is perfect.

The group's subsequent...

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