Consistent with every opening quarter since 2001, the first calendar quarter of 2018 experienced a decline in the syndicated loan volume compared to the previous quarter as the market returned from holidays and readied itself for the year ahead. When assessed on a rolling 12 month basis, transaction volume increased by 9.9 percent to US$73.6 billion compared to US$67.1 billion in the corresponding period last year showing signs of continued market strength.
A number of large leveraged buyout transactions, renewable energy project financings as well as general purpose corporate (re)financing contributed to the loan volume in Q1 2018. Notable transactions for the quarter included:
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