Chinese banks will go where the West fears to tread

Chinese state banks take a lot of criticism for the amount of lending they do in Africa. But what the detractors fail to acknowledge is the lack of competition from Western banks, especially from US houses. As borrowing needs across Africa grow, the question must be asked: if the Chinese banks don't lend to Africa, which ones in the West will?

  • By Mariam Meskin
  • 12 Feb 2019

As bilateral loans between China and African sovereigns grow, so the former's banks are replacing the traditional European and local lenders on syndicated deals. 

The China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) based at Johns Hopkins University in the US claims that China has lent $143bn to African countries since 2000. Criticism is ...

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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%