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CEE's best investment bank 2018: Citi

Awards for Excellence 2018

A stellar capital markets franchise, deepening advisory capability and extensive on-the-ground presence proved a winning combination for Citi in CEE investment banking.

In debt capital markets, a revival of activity across the region played to Citi’s strengths. As Eurobond issuance surged by a third to $91.1 billion, the highest level since 2013/14, the US firm regained the top spot among international banks in Dealogic’s rankings thanks to its impressive breadth of coverage.

In addition to maintaining a stranglehold on the Turkish Eurobond market and securing a sizeable chunk of strong flows from Russia, Citi won mandates on sovereign deals from every corner of the region – including Belarus’s dollar market return and Tajikistan’s debut international issue – as well as a clutch of corporate and financial institution transactions.

In the primary equity markets, a plethora of accelerated bookbuilds for Russian clients helped Goldman Sachs nudge Citi down to second place in the overall rankings.

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