EU Lifts Ban On Eight Banks Barred From Bond Sales

Eight banks previously excluded from syndicated debt sales backing the European Commission’s up to 800-billion-euro ($950.7 billion) COVID-19 recovery fund will be allowed to take part in future issues, the EU executive said on Friday.

The EU did not name the banks reinstated but a Commision source said Nomura, UniCredit, Credit Agricole, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays , Bank of America and Deutsche Bank can take part in the next syndicated debt sale. The source said the reinstated banks were included in a request for proposals issued on Friday, a precursor to the next bond syndication for the recovery fund.

The EU executive is still assessing the other two banks banned from the bond sale. Those banks, Natixis and NatWest declined to comment.

The European Union on Tuesday raised 20 billion euros with the first sale of bonds backing its recovery fund which is set to turn it into a leading European debt issuer.

But 10 of the bloc’s biggest primary dealers were banned from working on the deal.

The exclusion related to past breaches of antitrust rules, with the EU saying it wanted to see evidence they had taken remedial action before allowing them to take part.

“The eight banks have provided information that allow the Commission to conclude that their further exclusion from participation in syndicated transactions in EU bond issuance is not warranted,” the Commission said in an email.

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