BNP Paribas Lands Five IFR Awards 2017

BNP Paribas has been named Derivatives House of the Year by leading financial publication, IFR.


BNP Paribas announced it has been named IFR’s Derivatives House of the Year 2017. IFR is a leading capital markets publication, providing insight and market intelligence. BNP Paribas also won:

  • Equity Derivatives House of the Year, for the second year running
  • Euro Bond House of the Year
  • European Corporate Investment Grade House of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Mid-Market Equity House of the Year 

In the write up for the Derivatives House of the Year, IFR said:

As volatility evaporated, derivatives businesses had to focus on core strengths to make headway in 2017. For an integrated approach that spread equity know-how across asset classes and enabled effective risk transfer across the broad client franchise, BNP Paribas is IFR’s Derivatives House and Equity Derivatives House of the Year. Even as the US Federal Reserve pulled the trigger on rates, markets remained unshaken and banks had to battle for their share of a shrinking wallet as volatility plumbed new lows. Three years after combining equities and fixed income under a global markets umbrella, BNP Paribas outpaced much of the competition – dramatically so in equities – gaining market share in all client segments as equity derivatives innovation was unleashed across rates and credit businesses.

Olivier Osty, executive head of global markets at BNP Paribas said:

We are delighted to have been recognized by IFR for this prestigious award. Thanks to the mindset, focus and commitment of our teams, we have been able to grow the franchise over the last 3 years, from a product house to a full-service client house. Our aim is to be seen as a market leader around the world in derivatives. We look forward to continuing to be a strong European partner and European bank of choice for our global clients.

The bank was also recognised for its  digital aspirations in preparation for MiFID II. The Smart Derivatives platform was credited for automatic structured products pricing going multi-asset, adding credit-linked notes and rates products.

Nicolas Marque, global head of equity derivatives at BNP Paribas said:

There’s a technological revolution going on and choices being made today will be a huge differentiating factor tomorrow.

On the Bond House and Europe Investment-Grade Corporate Bond House of the Year awards, IFR said:

Building on an already impressive track record, BNP Paribas maintained its standing in the single currency and once again helped navigate corporate clients through their fundraising initiatives.”

Martin Egan, co global head of primary and credit markets said: 

It’s all about cumulative advantage. Connectivity is the key, with the intelligence shared among the teams.”

Thierry Olive co-head of Investment Banking Asia for BNP Paribas said:

In Asia Pacific, we’re deepening our reach with promising mid-cap corporates in certain fast growing sectors. We provide them the access to the capital markets to expand further as well as with our extensive links within Europe’s corporate and middle market sector. Our expertise and network is highly valued by Chinese and other Asian companies looking to grow further.

Additionally BNP Paribas was a book runner on nine of the deal award wins highlighting the breadth and depth of its platform across all asset classes.

  • PEMEX €4.25bn
  • Enel’s US$5bn
  • France’s €7bn 22-year Green bond
  • Nationwide Building Society’s £795m CCDS
  • Argentina’s SFr400m three-and-a-half-year bond
  • Bank of Ireland’s dual-tranche Tier 2
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) US$2.15bn dual-currency Green bond
  • Export-Import Bank of Korea’s US$2bn three-tranche
  • China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) US$12.7bn bridge loan