Middle Eastern banks tap international loan market for first time

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By Bianca Boorer
03 Oct 2017

Middle Eastern banks are diversifying their funding portfolios by entering the international syndicated loan market for the first time, with Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) signing a deal at the end of September and two more due to sign this month.

On September 20, BisB signed its debut syndicated loan for $101m, double the amount it was launched at. The murabaha facility has a tenor of one year and will be used for general funding purposes.

Ras Al Khaimah’s Rakbank is expected to sign a conventional $350m facility ...

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