Slovenia appoints banks for investor roadshow - sources

By John Geddie

LONDON, Oct 9 (IFR) - Slovenia, rated Baa2/A/A-, has hired BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings in the United States ahead of a potential dollar bond issue, according to banking sources.

Finance Minister Janez Sustersic told Reuters last month that the cash-strapped sovereign planned to issue a USD1.5bn 10-year US dollar bond in the second half of October or in November.

The bond follows a failed attempt at accessing the euro-denominated bond market earlier this year.

Lead banks and the Slovenian treasury declined to comment.

(Reporting By John Geddie and Sudip Roy; Editing by Natalie Harrison)

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