While it's hard to predict the next rendition of corporate securitization in Europe, the hybrid sector holds promise, as evidenced by the emergence of a new, streamlined European Corporate Securitization group at Standard & Poor's, co-headed by Apea Koranteng and Mike Wilkins.

The construction of the new team has been long in coming as S&P steadily recognized a need to better access the full spectrum of issues that might develop under the ever-popular hybrid structure. Koranteng and Wilkins said that S&P pulled the team from various parts of S&P Europe and hoped that the broader range of expertise might provide a continuum approach for investors and their financial advisors wanting to access both the unsecured debt market and asset-backed markets.

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