A new breed of investor has aggressively taken the reins of sub investment grade European securitizations, and banks are prepared to meet the new demand by adding personnel. At the Morgan Stanley investors' roadshow in London last week, panelists said that this growing interest in sub investment grade credits has prompted them to seek more staff with expertise in these asset classes.

"The upcoming trends this year will focus on the influx of new investors and the changing of the landscape," said Steve White, executive director of the securitized products group at Morgan Stanley.

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