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 compare it to North Asia.

In terms of activity, Hong Kong has been the strongest. The market has been dominated by refinancing activities because the spread has come down substantially and liquidity has driven the...

FinanceAsia has updated its subscription model.

Registered readers now have the opportunity to read 5 articles from our award-winning website for free.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences.

To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222

Article limit is reached.

Hello! You have used up all of your free articles on FinanceAsia.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences. To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222