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Deals of the year 2009: High grade –Swiss pharma Roche provides cure for quality concerns

Swiss pharma's €12.66 billion bond perfect medicine in ultra-cautious market.

Roche Eurobond and sterling issue: total €12.66 billion equivalent
4-year 6-year 7-year 12-year
€5.25 bln £1.25 bln €2.75 bln €1.75 bln
Issuer: Roche
Amount: €12.66 billion
Arrangers: Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Santander

Take yourself back to the beginning of 2009. A dark cloud hung over the financial markets, the banking system had just been bailed out, yet systemic risk still lingered. The effects of massive central bank stimulus and government-backed bank bond guarantees had yet to kick fully into the sector. Loan markets remained crippled.

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