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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Michelle Meineke' s stories

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  • An official of MTN, a mobile telecommunications company, registers a SIM card as he attends to customers at a makeshift SIM card registration centre in Nigeria's capital Abuja

    Growth opportunities

    Loans | 26 April 2013

    Nigeria’s borrowers have led the way in Africa’s syndicated loan market so far this year, with more than US$10bn of deals signed or in the market, driven by a growth in confidence among international lenders as the continent’s second-largest economy makes inroads into resolving transparency and credit risk concerns.  

  • Logo of Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments

    Aabar suffers cost hike for refinancing

    Loans | 05 April 2013

    Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments, weakened by a slump at key assets, has nearly doubled its borrowing costs on a new US$2.5bn loan that refinances a US$2bn loan due in May.

  • Sapphire Tower in Istanbul

    High expectations

    All Special Reports | 05 April 2013

    Turkey’s blooming economy is attracting jumbo loans from international lenders to fuel the emerging country’s growing portfolio of multi-billion infrastructure and privatisations projects and support its well-established financial institution market.

  • Ojer Telekomunikasyon’s US$4.75bn loan wins support of international banks

    Ojer pricing lures in lenders

    Loans | 22 March 2013

    International banks are supportive of the pricing for Ojer Telekomunikasyon’s US$4.75bn loan amid a wave of exasperation as a majority of emerging-market borrowers target increasingly competitive pricing levels.

  • Polkomtel to refi Z5bn of buyout loans

    Loans | 22 March 2013

    Polish mobile phone operator Polkomtel has asked local and foreign banks for proposals to refinance around Z5bn (US$1.5bn) of loans from the company’s Z14.3bn buyout financing of July 2011.

  • The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in the Swiss town of Baar

    Glencore/Vitol jumbo loan to hit general

    Loans | 08 March 2013

    Commodity trading companies Glencore and Vitol are preparing to launch general syndication of a loan of up to US$10bn backing the purchase of crude oil from

  • A mosque is seen next to the company logo on a Rosneft petrol station in Moscow

    Building bridges

    Loans | 01 March 2013

    A rash of bridge loans supporting growing M&A activity for emerging markets borrowers and a slowdown in the European bond market are raising questions about what banks will be willing to underwrite going forward as any knock-on to the bond market could leave lenders exposed for longer than expected if companies decide to wait to issue bonds.

  • Logo of Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco)

    Raised hopes

    Loans | 15 February 2013

    Bullish M&A forecasts in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are expected to boost loan volume this year, although fierce competition among lenders for mandates will continue to push down pricing.   

  • Logo of Czech energy company EPH

    Eastern Europe: EPH boosts hopes for M&A revival

    Loans | 25 January 2013

    Czech energy company EPH’s raising of a €1.5bn loan to buy Slovak gas utility Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel is an encouraging sign for international lenders that M&A deals in Central and Eastern Europe could start to meet strong underwriting appetite after weak volumes in 2012.

  • Dubai

    Dubai signals recovery with blowout trade

    Top News | 25 January 2013

    The Emirate of Dubai has confirmed its recovery from the crippling fallout of the 2008 financial crisis by issuing an extremely tight dual-tranche bond offering that was more than 10 times subscribed.

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