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A Spark from the Public Sector: Co-lending by Government-owned and Private-sector Lenders

Veljko Fotak

No 1624, BAFFI CAREFIN Working Papers from BAFFI CAREFIN, Centre for Applied Research on International Markets Banking Finance and Regulation, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy

Abstract: Co-lending by private-sector and government-owned lenders accounts for nearly one-tenth of all syndicated-loan funding to corporate borrowers over the three decades spanning 1980 to 2010. I find evidence that private-sector institutions co-lend with government-owned lenders to benefit from better legal protection and implicit debt guarantees. This leads to loans with lower spreads, longer maturities, larger syndicates, less collateral, and a greater participation of foreign lenders, particularly for borrowers headquartered in countries with weak property rights. Yet, firms that receive loans from a mixed syndicate comprised of both private and government-owned lenders show a decline in profitability and valuation in subsequent years, which suggests that governmentowned lenders fail to efficiently allocate funding.

Keywords: Government-owned banks; Syndicated loans (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G15 G32 G38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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