Autori: Eugenio Cerutti, Galina Hale, and Camelia Minoiu
Editorial: Journal of International Money and Finance, forthcoming, 2014.
We examine the composition and drivers of cross-border bank lending between 1995 and 2012, distinguishing between syndicated and non-syndicated loans. We show that on-balance sheet
syndicated loan exposures, which account for almost one third of total cross-border loan exposures, increased during the global financial crisis due to large drawdowns on credit lines
extended before the crisis. Our empirical analysis of the drivers of cross-border loan exposures in
a large bilateral dataset leads to three main results. First, banks with lower levels of capital favor
syndicated over other kinds of cross-border loans. Second, borrower country characteristics such as level of development, economic size, and capital account openness, are less important in driving syndicated than non-syndicated loan activity, suggesting a diversification motive for syndication. Third, information asymmetries between lender and borrower countries became more binding for both types of cross-border lending activity during the recent crisis.
Cuvinte cheie: cross-border banking, syndicated loans, global financial crisis, BIS international banking statistics, Dealogic Loan Analytics