Mixed reaction for first blockchain loan

Spain’s Red Electrica Corporation has signed the first ever syndicated loan on a blockchain, though some loans officials away from the deal question how useful the technology will be in its goal of reducing transaction times.

  • By Mike Turner
  • 12 Nov 2018

BBVA, BNP Paribas and MUFG provided the €150m financing via BBVA’s proprietary platform. 

“BBVA is simplifying the processes related to corporate financing and is betting on the use of new technologies, like blockchain, to digitise loan negotiations and contracting,” said Ricardo Laiseca, head of global finance at the bank.

However, ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 140,092.25 338 12.15%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 121,827.64 387 10.57%
3 Citi 72,931.66 226 6.33%
4 Mizuho 60,586.11 297 5.26%
5 Wells Fargo Securities 58,309.33 217 5.06%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 First Abu Dhabi Bank 2,413.69 8 10.82%
2 Standard Chartered Bank 2,377.86 7 10.66%
3 Citi 1,793.42 6 8.04%
4 Trade and Development Bank 1,125.64 2 5.05%
4 Standard Bank 1,125.64 2 5.05%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Deutsche Bank 3,736.52 21 7.15%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 3,101.01 16 5.93%
3 Goldman Sachs 3,092.70 16 5.92%
4 BNP Paribas 2,926.68 24 5.60%
5 Citi 2,758.74 10 5.28%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 12,912.95 35 6.60%
2 BNP Paribas 12,334.48 61 6.31%
3 UniCredit 11,196.47 58 5.73%
4 Citi 9,580.75 37 4.90%
5 Deutsche Bank 8,953.95 35 4.58%

Syndicated Loan Revenue - EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 35.45 69 6.71%
2 BNP Paribas 31.67 78 5.99%
3 ING 31.21 74 5.90%
4 Citi 22.60 36 4.27%
5 Deutsche Bank 21.89 32 4.14%