The volume of syndicated loans in EMEA in the first quarter of 2012 fell 57% from Q1 2011, with the lowest level of activity recorded in 18 years. Only 173 transactions were completed in the region over the first quarter, according to data provider Dealogic, although the average deal size was larger than in recent years, at $669m.
Globally, syndicated loans volumes fell 45% year on year to $506.1bn, the lowest quarterly volume since the third quarter in 2009.
Volumes in EMEA were prevented from sinking even lower by a buoyant leveraged loan market. Volumes in this market fell only 32% year on year, and in