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Capital Markets

Equity market round up: Going up

Finance sector ECM Banks and agencies raised $108.5 billion via 81 deals globally in the second quarter of 2008, up from $32.9 billion via 49 deals in the first quarter of the year, and year-to-date issuance already surpasses the total amount raised in 2007 ($100.8 billion). ECM issuance by financial sector issuers accounted for 42% of all global issuance in the second quarter and 26% in the first quarter. Royal Bank of Scotland’s $24.3 billion rights issue via Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and RBS is the largest ECM deal on record.

Middle East ECM Issuers from the Middle East have raised $23.9 billion so far this year, 139% more than over the same period in 2007. The volume of IPOs has increased 77% over the same period. Middle Eastern issuance accounts for 24% of total EMEA ECM volume in 2008, compared with just 5% in the same period in 2007.

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