Green loans: a tricky rise to the top?

As climate change climbs the agenda, banks are finding themselves under increasing pressure to bolster their commitments to social responsibility. That is helping green loans take off in the Middle East and Africa — slowly. Some bankers are confident that banks will see the importance of sustainable financing, but others are unconvinced, pointing to a range of obstacles.

  • By Mariam Meskin
  • 05 Feb 2019

Last year a string of loans was raised for sustainability and renewable energy projects in the Middle East and Africa. That has led some market participants to hope for growth in green financing in 2019.

Two landmark green loans in the Middle East were announced in October. Standard Chartered ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 139,710.15 337 12.16%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 122,359.33 387 10.65%
3 Citi 72,931.66 226 6.35%
4 Mizuho 59,512.46 295 5.18%
5 Wells Fargo Securities 57,927.24 216 5.04%

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 6.65%
2 BNP Paribas 12,334.48 61 6.35%
3 UniCredit 11,196.47 58 5.77%
4 Citi 9,580.75 37 4.93%
5 Deutsche Bank 8,953.95 35 4.61%

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%