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Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG awarded Best German SME House 2012 by Capital Market Daily

Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG / Key word(s): Bond/Miscellaneous

11.01.2013 / 10:19

Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG, part of the leading specialist financial services Group Close Brothers Group plc in London, was named Best German SME House 2012 by Capital Market Daily (CMD). It was the first time that CMD introduced this category in their awards, primarily due to the growing SME bond segment in Germany which started more than two years ago which has attracted the attention of both German and Austrian issuers as well as European institutional and retail investors.

In 2012, Close Brothers Seydler Bank structured and placed 13 bonds to European investors totaling approximately EUR500 m in private placement transactions. All bonds also had a retail component offered through the bonds subscription functionality of the Frankfurt or Düsseldorf Stock Exchanges. The issuers are subject to higher publicity requirements in these bond segments of the exchanges, resulting in higher transparency for investors - a characteristic which reflects the innovative nature of the products compared to OTC placed and traded corporate bonds. These transparency standards make these bonds more attractive.

Close Brothers Seydler Bank has structured and placed 23 bonds totaling EUR1.2 bn with 21 of which were over the end of 2010 launched bond segments of the exchanges.

With issuance in the year stemming from diverse sectors and including corporate issuers such as the large recyling for steel and metal company Scholz AG, the north Germany-based traditional spirits producer Berentzen-Gruppe AG, the worldwide golf apparel house Golfino AG, the condiments producer rich in tradition Günther Zamek Produktions- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, the HDF/MDF wooden boards pioneer and hidden champion Homann Holzwerkstoffe GmbH, the international premium label from Germany Laurèl GmbH as well as bond taps for Semper idem Underberg GmbH and Valensina GmbH, Close Brothers Seydler Bank aimed to bring a number of listed and non-listed German SME companies to market characterized by stable business models, solid financials and recognised brand names.

Capital Market Daily used extensive research, league tables and polls to evaluate which institutions qualified for their annual awards. Their League Tables played an instrumental role in deciding who the winners and nominees were but it wasn't just about the numbers. CMD also arranged a huge amount interviews with issuers, dealers and investors across the market to get a real insight into the challenges faced by funding desks, the skills required to overcome them and who the big players of the year were.

'We nominated Close Brothers Seydler Bank as they were one of the most active houses in the German SME capital market in 2012. The reason they won the new, yet coveted, award was down to the fact that they are not just a market leader, but a reliable and respected market leader who is able to navigate volatile markets with tailored services from a broad yet specialist knowledge base. The bank was instrumental in arranging a number of bond deals and has become an integral part of the fast growing and exciting SME German bond segment. We believe they are largely regarded as the 'go-to' dealer' said Christopher Jakubowski, Head Corporate Bond and Structured Product Analyst, Capital Market Daily.


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Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG - Your Partner for Mittelstand Companies

Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG is focused on mid-sized companies and has been part of the London Exchange listed Close Brothers Group plc since 2005. Among its core business areas are Capital Markets, Designated Sponsoring, Institutional Sales, Research, Fixed Income and Equity trading, Xetra Bonds and Floor Specialist Trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in over 2,900 domestic and international equity and fixed income securities.

The Equity & Debt Capital Markets team at Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG assists company management with the planning, structuring and placement of capital market transactions. This includes the structuring and execution of initial public offerings (IPOs), capital increases and placement of equity block trades. In the fixed income area, the team provides expert services in the structuring, co-ordination and placement of convertibles and corporate bonds.

With more than 210 mandates, Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG has been the market leader in Designated Sponsoring since a number of years. In this function, it supports active trading and increased liquidity in the shares of its clients.

Close Brothers Seydler Research AG, a subsidiary of the Bank, has a reputation for being one of the most prominent analyst houses for mid-sized German companies. The experienced research analyst team maintains a three-digit number of companies under coverage and is considered by the investment community in Germany and abroad as well as the financial media to be one of the most demanded and competent market and sector experts.


- Winner Best German SME House 2012 - Capital Market Daily Portal

- Top Stock Picker 2012 - Thomson Reuters Starmine Ranking in the machinery sector (pan-European)

- Best Bookrunner Mittelstandsanleihen 2011 - Bond Magazine

- First place - Thomson Reuters Starmine Ranking 2011 for best recommendations in TecDAX and SDAX

- First place - Going Public League Table 2011 for placement of Mittelstands bonds by both volume and number of transactions

- First place - Dealogic German Equity Capital Markets (ECM) Bookrunner Ranking 2010 covering equity issues in the German market of up to USD 100 million in value

For more information on Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG please refer to: http://www.cbseydler.com

Email: publicrelations@cbseydler.com

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