Nathani gets bullish on the Asian syndicated loan market

Mohsin Nathani came back to the fold late last year with his appointment as head of Citibank/Salomon Smith Barney''s syndicated loan division. Here he voices his opinions about the ride ahead.

Q What are your sentiments on the syndicated loan markets in Asia this year

A It will be a demanding year. The growth last year came primarily from the Japanese market. The Asian loan market last year came to almost $200 billion and Japan contributed to almost $80 billion. My view is that this year, we will do better than $200 billion. I would expect a growth of about 10-15%.

Q Why

A For a variety of reasons. The Japanese market is and will be presenting a lot of interesting opportunities. We are seeing a lot of loan maturity in the Asian market and therefore a lot of refinancing. For example, we saw the...

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