EuroWeek View: RBS leads the loan market in keeping the foreign fires burning
The retrenchment of banks into their home markets, so widely predicted at the height of the financial crisis, has failed to materialise with European lenders continuing to operate across the region. The lack of dealflow in the market has brought out banks’ competitive streak, and they — whether state-owned or not — continue to chase deals whether domestic or otherwise.
In 2009, loans bankers were expecting a complete redrawing of the European market map. The era of big-ticket overseas lending was over they declared, as banks — some newly state-backed — would retreat into their own domestic markets.
Although some market participants blame banks’ rapid expansion into overseas
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