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Japan’s banks open lending taps

Relatively untroubled by sub-prime losses and well-endowed with deposits, Japan’s banks are still enthusiastic lenders. But the bulk of their advances are still domestic – sometimes to potentially shaky borrowers. Will they expand further in lending in international markets? Chris Wright reports.

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Top 15 global bookrunners syndicated loans, Jan 1 to May 19 2009
Rank Bookrunner Value $mln No. deals % share
1 Mizuho 46,487.2 237 8.43
2 JPMorgan 43,660.9 114 7.92
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 42,160.0 183 7.65
4 Citi 36,389.5 60 6.6
5 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp 34,383.2 258 6.24
6 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 30,366.4 301 5.51
7 BNP Paribas 19,955.5 64 3.62
8 Barclays Capital 15,132.9 42 2.75
9 Calyon 14,745.9 50 2.68
10 RBS 14,602.0 52 2.65
11 Wells –Wachovia Securities 12,292.9