Akbank launches refi as market splits over Turkey outlook

Akbank is kicking off the first set of refinancings of the year for Turkish banks, launching its syndication with a smaller volume and tighter margins than last year’s deal. But lenders are divided on whether the deal represents an achievement for the Turkish bank, or betrays an outlook festooned with risk. Mariam Meskin reports.

  • By Mariam Meskin
  • 08 Feb 2019

Akbank is launching the refinancing at a size of about $600m-equivalent, which is half of the existing $1.2bn-equivalent loan signed in March 2018.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Emirates NBC, ICBC and Standard Chartered and are co-ordinators on the transaction.

The existing term loan consisted of three tranches, all of which mature in March ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 238,603.85 642 11.02%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 226,554.58 701 10.46%
3 Citi 131,576.49 402 6.07%
4 Wells Fargo Securities 119,878.50 447 5.53%
5 MUFG 109,203.46 621 5.04%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 3,579.59 9 9.39%
2 Standard Chartered Bank 3,038.82 11 7.97%
3 First Abu Dhabi Bank 2,978.95 13 7.81%
4 BNP Paribas 2,705.06 6 7.09%
5 Citi 2,288.85 10 6.00%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 7,083.69 52 6.37%
2 Deutsche Bank 6,886.84 39 6.20%
3 Goldman Sachs 6,877.67 36 6.19%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 6,659.77 36 5.99%
5 Barclays 6,209.03 28 5.59%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 31,283.69 132 7.81%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 27,347.56 115 6.83%
3 JPMorgan 23,350.32 62 5.83%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 22,698.09 61 5.67%
5 UniCredit 19,891.92 110 4.97%

Syndicated Loan Revenue - EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Apr 2016
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%