Forward start kerfuffle shows loans market is back in motion

Loans bankers are squabbling over their market’s hot new structure, the forward start facility. Both sides have good points to make but the real significance lies in the argument itself: the debate is no longer about whether banks will ever lend anything to anyone ever again, but rather about competition for business.

  • 17 Feb 2009

Forward starts have been the fashion in Europe’s syndicated loan market since the start of the year, becoming a vital source of activity in a market largely devoid of new-money deals.

They first appeared during the current crisis — though they did exist previously as the awkwardly named ‘commitment ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 302,867.56 834 10.89%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 261,712.78 872 9.41%
3 Citi 164,779.53 496 5.93%
4 Wells Fargo Securities 144,849.02 567 5.21%
5 MUFG 113,357.50 647 4.08%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 3,471.92 10 7.28%
2 Standard Chartered Bank 3,339.74 12 7.01%
3 JPMorgan 3,173.44 8 6.66%
4 Mizuho 2,818.52 8 5.91%
5 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 2,575.67 5 5.40%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 13,554.26 61 7.08%
2 Deutsche Bank 11,901.17 45 6.22%
3 Credit Agricole CIB 11,825.01 52 6.18%
4 Goldman Sachs 10,865.30 45 5.68%
5 UniCredit 10,484.86 60 5.48%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 32,522.19 61 6.54%
2 BNP Paribas 32,284.10 130 6.49%
3 UniCredit 26,992.47 123 5.43%
4 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 26,569.73 97 5.34%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 23,807.36 111 4.79%

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%