Islamic finance awards 2008: Best sukuk deal
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Islamic finance awards 2008: Best sukuk deal

Maybank president and CEO Datuk Amirsham Aziz

Maybank president and CEO Datuk Amirsham Aziz: first to raise subordinated bank capital in a sukuk

Maybank tier 2 capital


Size isn’t everything. This is certainly the case for the winning sukuk deal, at only $300 million. Malaysia’s Maybank became the first bank to raise subordinated bank capital in the form of a sukuk. AseamBankers, HSBC Amanah and UBS led the deal for the Malaysian borrower, which was eventually priced as the tightest deal ever from an issuer in the southeast Asian nation, and the second-tightest subordinated debt deal from Asia, ex-Japan. Maybank decided to undertake this form of transaction in order to diversify its investor base and allow Islamic investors to participate. The offering received an overwhelming response from international investors – both Islamic and conventional – that generated a solid, eight times oversubscribed order book of $2.4 billion. The deal was placed with 72 investors, with an average ticket size of $4.4 million despite 55 investors placing orders of more than $50 million. High demand drove the deal to price two basis points tighter than the guidance price of 35bp.


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