April 19, 2021

DirectBooks Continues Platform Expansion to Include Euro and Sterling Investment Grade Deals Announces Appointment of Head of Europe


DirectBooks™, the capital markets consortium founded to optimize global financing markets, today announced the launch of Euro and Sterling Investment Grade deal announcements on the DirectBooks platform. The DirectBooks platform launched in Q4 2020 with deal announcement functionality for U.S. Dollar Investment Grade issuances globally, with a common set of structured deal data and document access for institutional investors.

As part of its European expansion, DirectBooks also announced the appointment of Duncan Phillips as Managing Director and Head of Europe. Duncan will be based in London and will lead the UK office, as well as the development of a cross-functional European team. Duncan previously worked at Citi for 15 years, with Debt Syndicate roles in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He later held executive roles as Global Head of Capital Markets at Ipreo and Chief Commercial Officer at Nivaura, a London-based start-up focused on capital markets workflow automation.

“The addition of Euro and Sterling deal announcements to the platform is another critical step in the evolution of the DirectBooks offering,” said DirectBooks CEO, Rich Kerschner. “We are also excited to continue the growth of our company with the addition of Duncan to lead our UK office and European expansion.”

“I am delighted to be joining DirectBooks at this important point in the platform’s development,” said Duncan Phillips. “I look forward to building the team and working with our buy-side and sell-side community to evolve the primary issuance workflow.” DirectBooks is simplifying the primary issuance process for fixed income by streamlining communications workflows for underwriters and institutional investors. The platform will continue to expand with the capability to optimize the communications of order and allocation information, as well as hedging instructions. High Yield and Emerging Markets issuances will be added to the platform later this year.

ABOUT DIRECTBOOKS DirectBooks leverages its technology expertise and market knowledge to optimize global financing markets. DirectBooks improves the efficiency and accuracy of communications for underwriters, allowing institutional investors to focus on their investment process. DirectBooks was formed by 9 global banks, consisting of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), BNP Paribas (FR:BNP), Citi (NYSE:C), Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). For additional information on DirectBooks, please visit www.DirectBooks.com. A complete list of participating banks can be found on our website. For additional information, please visit www.DirectBooks.com.



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