The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the first supranational financial institution of the post-Cold War era, is planning its debut in the international capital markets through a bond issuance of $500 million. The bank must determine its marketing strategy for the offering on two levels--positioning of the institution and of the bond offering itself. Integral to the marketing task is the selection of a lead manager, who will determine the marketing mix. The mix decisions involve determining product (currency, maturity, coupon), pricing (yield), promotion (road shows and media relations), and distribution (formation of the syndicate). In addition, the lead manager will need to select appropriate target markets (retail and institutional investors), along with overall positioning for the institution.
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