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The More Things Change; the More They Stay the Same, Relatively Speaking

Last year, we began our discussion of Dealogic’s 1Q 2009 Syndicated Shipping Loans Tables with the following sentence: “A quarter, particularly the first one, does not make a year, but according to the first quarter Dealogic tables, which we received today, the axis of the ship finance world has tipped eastward.” However, we also should have recalled from our studies of Eastern religions that nothing is permanent and the world is forever changing. In a diminished quarter, in volume terms, the Europeans have come back, but still the number one spot in both the Bookrunner and MLA table has gone to a Japanese bank, Mizuho, followed by perennial leaders DnB NOR and Nordea. Mizuho’s finish is an outstanding accomplishment having moved up from the middle of the pack to pass it’s main local competitors, SMBC and Mitsubishi UFJ. Despite a fair amount of movement in the standings, it is still early in the year and we are not ready to make a call with respect to the earth’s axis. We leave you to peruse the tables and make your own judgments with respect to how the banks finished.

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