A look backward and forward for Asian loans

In the first interview with some of the senior figures in Asia''s loan markets, Clarence T''ao, regional head of syndications at BNP Paribas, assesses the year just gone and looks forward to 2002.

FA How would you assess the past year in the syndicated loans business

Generally speaking it has been a pretty good year for most houses, particularly in the North Asia markets because that's where the bulk of the business has been. The southern Asia markets have been a bit slow, although that's understandable given the situation down in Thailand and Malaysia. We have seen a few more transactions to come out of these countries than was expected, but you cannot...

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