Bankers, investors, issuers and anyone else interested in securitization matters assembled en masse in mid-June in Barcelona for the Global Asset Securitization conference organized by Fabozzi/IMN. Amidst all the parties, excessive alcohol consumption and general shenanigans, the casual observer would be hard pressed to see any purpose beyond the delegates having a good time.

But there were serious topics to be discussed and the banks, in particular, wanted to assure those that did attend, that the somewhat slow first half to the year was no signal that the European market had hit a wall. The more bullish amongst them suggested that the market was as healthy as ever, and that a good second half to the year would result in another record year of issuance.

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