Global Financing & Advisory
Leading European debt finance house
Financing & Advisory (F&A) provides simple access to market leading capital raising, financing and advisory services. Our diversified product offering ranges from "plain vanilla" and core banking relationship products to highly structured finance, securitisation and capital markets solutions as well as M&A advisory services. Our clients are corporates, public sector and institutional clients, financial institutions, sovereigns and supranationals and financial sponsors. Next to financing and capital markets products, F&A offers equity capital solutions and is responsible for all units within the Group engaged in the origination, structuring and portfolio management of alternative assets (Direct Equity Investments, Private Equity Fund Investments and Hedge Funds). Our newly formed Sustainable Finance Advisory team targets in a product agnostic manner the full range of ESG financing solutions. For sustainable financing solutions UniCredit was a pioneer and continues to be an innovator, having supported the very first Green Bond ever launched by EIB 13 years ago, the first green covered bond issuance, Schuldschein and in 2019 the first ever green ETF.
In Debt Capital Markets, in EMEA we are the most active player in EUR Bonds since 20121, supporting corporate issuers, financial, and public sector institutions.
For the past nine years2, we are ranking in the Top-5 Bookrunners for Combined EMEA EUR Bonds and Loans.
Top-5 positions 2020 / 2021
Debt Capital Markets3
#1 Cumulated Bonds in EMEA 2012-2020 (by no. of deals)
#2 EMEA Bonds in EUR (by no. of deals); #4 EMEA Bonds in EUR
#1 All Italian Bonds in EUR; #1 All German Bonds in EUR; #1 All Austrian Bonds in EUR
#3 EMEA Corporate Bonds in EUR
#1 Italy Corporate Bonds in EUR; #3 Germany Corporate Bonds in EUR;
#2 Austria Corporate Bonds in EUR; #4 CEE Corporate Bonds in EUR
#1 EMEA Covered Bonds; #3 Covered Bonds in EUR
#4 EMEA SSA Bonds in EUR
#5 EMEA High Yield Corporate Bonds in EUR, #1 in Italy; #4 in Germany
#1 Italy Financial Institutions Bonds in EUR; #4 in Germany; #2 in Austria
#1 Italy Green and SRI Bonds in EUR
#4 Lead Bank Combined EMEA Green and ESG-Linked Loans and Bonds in EUR
Loans Capital Markets4
#1 EMEA Corporate Loans in EUR (by no. of deals)
#1 Corporate Loans in Italy, Austria & CEE; #4 in Germany EUR
#1 All Syndicated Loans in Italy, Austria & CEE; #4 Germany
#1 Leveraged Loans in CEE in EUR; #2 in Germany EUR
Equity Capital Markets4
#1 All ECM transactions in Germany (by. no. of deals)
#2 Equity-linked transactions in Italy
#3 Equity-Linked transactions in Germany
1Source: Dealogic as of 18 Jan 2021, cumulative data (2013 - 2020 ranking) 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2020
2Source: Dealogic as of 18 Jan 2021, cumulative data (2012 - 2020 ranking), 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2020
3 Source: Dealogic (1 Jan - 30 Jun 2021), per 6 July 2021; all ranking positions by volume except otherwise stated
4 Source: Dealogic (1 Jan - 31 Dec 2020), per 18 Jan 2021, all ranking positions by volume except otherwise stated
As a leading European debt house, we offer a comprehensive range of loans and bonds with an unparalleled access to EUR-focused investors, particularly in Austria, Germany and Italy. Our reach extends beyond large corporate and multi-national issuers to key small and medium-sized companies (spanning both investment and non-investment grades). We also offer expertise as a mandated lead arranger, coordinator and bookrunner across bank loans and debt capital.
Our full product range covers the entire spectrum of ratings and capital structures, as well as an opinion-leading research platform. Through our structured finance, lending and advisory services, we craft highly tailored solutions for our clients.
Sustainability has become a key criterion in commercial decisions, with investors, companies, sovereigns, supranationals and agencies around the world increasingly striving for sustainable growth and specialised sustainable financing advisory. UniCredit is well positioned to play a vital role in facilitating our clients' transitions from brown to green, thereby contributing our share to a progressively sustainable economy. UniCredit has been a pioneer in supporting the first ever Green Bond issue 13 years ago recognizes the importance of sustainable business growth and is eager to continue playing a vital role in facilitating the transition to a progressively sustainable economy. Sustainable finance is a means to achieve this goal.
UniCredit's Sustainable Finance Advisory team aims to deepen the dialogue with clients on ESG topics and facilitate their access to Europe's sustainable finance market. Leveraging on UniCredit's market expertise and product knowledge, our Newsletter Sustainable Finance Highlights 1st editon 2nd edition 3rd edition for corporate treasurers, investors and those who play a role in financing or investment decisions captures the latest news and trends on sustainable finance, providing readers with perspectives and testimonials from our clients and highlighting a selection of recent deals.
Sustainable Finance Cross-selling
Sustainable loans/ bonds can serve as underlyings in case of ESG-linked derivatives, which have recently been developed by Markets Structuring & Solutions. For further information, please contact Markets Structuring & Solutions or your CIB Markets sales specialist.
As an established M&A advisor in Europe, with extensive expertise in cross-border M&A activities, we offer investors access to regions across the world, specialising in several sectors, with dedicated teams for Consumer Goods & Retail, Industrials, Healthcare, Energy & Infrastructure, Telecom Media & Technology and Financial Institutions.
UniCredit confirms its market-leading position in its home markets* (#4 in Italy, #1 in Austria, #1 CEE) with strong focus on sell-side strategy for mid-market clients and a deal activity in Germany doubled year-on-year.
Overall, UniCredit advised on nearly 60 M&A transactions in EMEA in 2020.
*Rankings by number of deals; period: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2020; Source: Mergermarket, per 4 Jan 2021 (Austria), 4 Jan 2021 (CEE) and 7J an 2021 (Italy) and excluding accounting firms
As a leading provider of project finance solutions, we are committed to helping our clients fund projects to advance their businesses in sectors such as infrastructure, transportation, thermal power, renewable energy, oil & gas and metal & mining. We deliver results by creating successful partnerships between industrial corporate sponsors, institutional funds and financial investors.
With a unique and fully-fledged platform covering the entire range of equity and equity-linked solutions, our Equity Capital Markets team offers: Initial Public Offerings, Fully marketed and Accelerated Secondary Offerings, Rights Issues, Convertible and Exchangeable Bonds.
Our strategic alliance with Kepler Cheuvreux, signed in 2011, provides the largest and best in class equity research and distribution platform covering the largest investor base world-wide.
Thanks to our strong relationships with export credit agencies, we offer a number of highly tailored solutions to help firms finance their trade and export finance operations. We place particular emphasis on creating efficient solutions which release liquidity while mitigating the risk present in global markets.
Through our Financial Sponsor Solutions Group ("FSS"), we serve private equity funds and their portfolio companies with lending (incl. LBO financings) and lending-related business, coordinating other products and services including capital markets, loan agency, M&A advisory, hedging and corporate banking. We cover the full value chain from origination through to execution and portfolio support, from small to large transactions. Our highly experienced team provides coverage across Europe, with a particular strength in our home markets of Austria, Germany, Italy and CEE.
UniCredit has been a Top-5 Bookrunner in leveraged financing transactions for private equity clients in Europe over the past five years. We are the undisputed leader for sponsor-driven leveraged financing transactions also in 2020*: #2 Italy, #3 Germany and #2 in CEE.
* All rankings period: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2020; Source: Dealogic, Cortex per 18 January 2021
Corporate Structured FinanceAs a leading provider of corporate structured finance to both investment and non-investment grade companies, we combine integrated structured finance, lending and advisory services as a lead arranger, co-ordinator and bookrunner across bank loans and debt capital. These services can be highly tailored to specific situations, taking into account client needs and market opportunities.
Real Estate Structured FinanceOur real estate structured finance expertise addresses all the needs of real estate investors, with highly tailored solutions for national and international clients. These are offered in a wide range of geographies, with particular strength in Italy and Germany, where we have an impressive track record for financing real estate projects.
Our dedicated unit for the maritime sector (GLOS) offers corporate and non-recourse financing, secured by ship mortgages. Through our strong presence in Western Europe, we offer shipping companies structured debt solutions and capital market products, using our industry expertise to propose highly tailored solutions based on finance solutions, cash and liquidity management, M&A support and hedging solutions.