Debt Capital Markets (DCM) Support and Services

Debt Capital Markets (DCM) Services

We provide specialized DCM services for investment banks and advisory firms, offering tailored DCM support and solutions across the bond issuance lifecycle

Debt Capital Markets (DCM) Support

Post recovery from ill-effects of pandemic, Debt capital markets boasted of strong start in 2023 and saw all sectors contributing to the rally. However, the show halted soon amidst disruptions from fallout of Signature Bank and SVB in the US followed by sudden collapse of Swiss major Credit Suisse. The market continues to face challenges with slowing global economy, higher interest rates, reduced money supply, all-time high treasury yields, more assertive regulations, climate change and geopolitical tensions in last quarter of 2023. That said, with inverted yield curve and stiff inflation, the interest rates are expected to stay until well into 2024 while the participants would remain glued to the market and investor would wait for conducive conditions before putting their money to work.

At Acuity Knowledge Partners, we provide bespoke DCM Services to DCM teams of investment banks and advisory firms across the world through a wide range of solutions for corporate DCM, FIG DCM, SSA DCM and sustainable DCM teams. Our DCM Services team of experts regularly tracks macroeconomic factors affecting the markets and provides end-to-end, support from deal origination to execution, including the most intricate financial analysis and after-market support. We bring years of experience and proprietary tech solutions to drive overall efficiency and results, and act as an extension of your DCM Investment Banking teams for deal origination and execution activities

Automation and workflow management platforms

How we are different

DEEP FUNCTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
DEEP FUNCTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
Deep functional knowledge of all aspects of DCM support gained from working with global leaders in the space
WIDE SECTOR COVERAGE
WIDE SECTOR COVERAGE
Expertise and experience in supporting DCM functions across a broad range of sectors and markets
STRONG INTEGRATION AND HIGH BUSINESS VALUE
STRONG INTEGRATION AND HIGH BUSINESS VALUE
Strong analytical capabilities and industry expertise coupled with high integration with client teams enable us to bring high business value to our customers through our DCM solutions
EXPERIENCED TEAM TO UNDERTAKE COMPLEX TASKS
EXPERIENCED TEAM TO UNDERTAKE COMPLEX TASKS
Highly experienced and effective analysts who do the heavy lifting for you across various debt raising, funding and advisory processes, including capitalisation, market and headroom analysis and other tasks

What we have done

DCM, loan syndication and leveraged finance support to a UK-based bulge-bracket investment bank
What we are proud of

18-20%

more client-facing time

35-40%

productivity gains

Debt capital markets (DCM) support to a Europe-based mid-size investment bank
What we are proud of

Established a strong relationship

Freed up onshore team’s capacity to handle more-value-adding tasks

Debt capital markets (DCM) support to a US-based commercial bank
What we are proud of

USD30k annual cost savings per resource

Timely turnaround on regular tasks and flexibility to handle urgent work

Debt capital markets (DCM) and rating advisory support to a Singapore-based commercial bank
What we are proud of

15%

more client-facing time, with 3-FTE support

USD30k

annual cost savings per headcount

Capital markets support to a Middle East-based bank
What we are proud of

Enabled more focus on clients and investors

Provided real-time support through virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Credit markets support to a UK-headquartered global bank
What we are proud of

18-20%

more client-facing time

35-40%

productivity gains

Debt Capital Markets (DCM) support to a UK-based European bank
What we are proud of

Faster turnaround time, with increased accuracy

More capacity for core functions

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Support for a Europe-based mid-size investment bank
What we are proud of

6 years

of engagement

6,000+

projects delivered

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Debt Capital Markets Support for a APAC-based, mid-sized Investment Bank
What we are proud of

5-year

partnership in DCM research

>35%

time savings on weekly updates

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Meet our experts

Anish Ailawadi

Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking

Anish has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over 13 years and presently heads the Investment Banking vertical. He is based out of our Gurgaon office and oversees delivery teams and client engagements for various bulge-bracket banks, mid-size banks, regional banks, advisory and boutique firms across M&A, Industry Coverage, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Loan Syndications and Leveraged Finance. During his tenure, he also set up a shared services center for one of his clients in India. Anish is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has done his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University.

Anish Ailawadi
Chetan Majithia

Head, North America, Business Development for Private Markets, Investment Banking and Consulting; Co-Head - Commercial Banking and Corporates

Chetan has over 20 years of experience across the financial services sector’s markets, geographies and asset classes. At Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity), he spearheads Business Development for multiple strategic business units (IB, Private Markets, Consulting, Corporates, and Banking). During his almost seven years journey at Acuity, Chetan has been responsible for partnering with clients in these segments to transform and build business efficiencies through tailor-made and proprietary solutions, enabling them to save millions of dollars.

Prior to Acuity, Chetan was on the Board of Directors at CRISIL US, an S&P company, and Director and Head of Financial Research, Business Development, Americas. In his 13+ years 'journey at CRISIL, Chetan managed multiple roles, including setting up and leading the Equities practice in Indian markets, wherein he successfully launched India’s first independent equity research service provider, and setting up and heading CRISIL’s first international offshore operations in Argentina. Prior to CRISIL, Chetan worked with ING Bank and Citibank in multiple roles. He has featured consistently in media including on CNBC-TV18 and Bloomberg, and his views on Indian stock markets are covered widely by all leading financial publications.

Chetan is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (the equivalent of a CPA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds an MBA in Finance from NMIMS, India. He is also a Company Secretary (with a degree in Corporate Law) with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He passed CFA Level 2 examinations.

Chetan Majithia
Adrian Wright

Managing Director, Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting Business Development

Adrian leads Business Development across Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting clients in EMEA and APAC. He has 20 years’ experience working in the financial services industry, having spent 13 years working in Equity Capital Markets for Rothschild and RBS, before moving to Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2013. He has a deep knowledge of financial markets, having originated and executed over USD50bn of ECM transactions across a wide range of sectors, products and geographies. He has extensive experience working with and advising the majority of Investment Banking coverage and product groups, and leading global Private Equity firms. Adrian holds a MA (Hons Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Adrian Wright
Marie Filotti

Marie Filotti, Head of Business Development APAC

Marie Filotti heads APAC Business Development at Acuity Knowledge Partners and is based in Hong Kong. She joined the firm in 2018 after 13 years in Investment Banking and Capital Markets, mainly at Nomura (previously Lehman Brothers), and also worked on the corporate side, having run Investor Relations at a China-based ASX-listed gas company. She uses her experience in the industry to advise our clients on best practices in implementation of engagements across all sectors. Marie holds a BA from Yale University and a Masters in Finance from Sciences-Po Paris.

Marie Filotti
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does DCM services include?

Generally, the DCM Investment Banking team acts as an intermediary between issuers of debt (public or private) and market investors. Issuers can range from governments to large or mid-size companies who need to borrow money.

Majorly, the transactions include covered (secured), senior or subordinated bond issues as well as private placements of debt which can take the form of bonds or loans. The securities issued may be classified as investment grade (for issuers with the highest credit ratings) or high yield (for lower quality issuers)

The DCM services team is specialized according to category of clients they serve- corporates, financial institutions or sovereigns, supranationals & agencies. The team comprises of origination as well as syndication team (which works in coordination with sales team), which assists issuers on structuring of issue, timing, pricing, documentation drafting, execution and planning, roadshows etc. In some cases, the DCM solutions include rating advisory as well to help issuers rate their bond or loan