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RLPC-International banks assess Dubai loan exposure

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - International banks are assessing the implications of Dubai’s debt standstill, which affects a $5.5 billion syndicated loan for Dubai World [DBWLD.UL] and a 4.4 billion dirham ($1.20 billion) loan for its subsidiary Nakheel [NAKHD.UL], according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.

Lenders on the $6.5 billion of loans are seeking more information after the Dubai government’s request for a debt standstill on Wednesday as it restructures state-run Dubai World group and its debt. [ID:nGEE5A02L1]

“We are in the dark, we expect more clarity in a couple of days,” a banker close to the situation said.

Exposure to Dubai World could be as high as $12 billion in syndicated and bilateral loans, including existing loans for Nakheel, developer of Dubai’s palm-shaped islands and Istithmar, the investment arm of the Dubai government, banking sources told Thomson Reuters LPC. [ID:nL1595416].

International banks are seeking to clarify their position as they formulate their response to the standstill request and are assessing the implications for lending to Dubai and the Gulf.

“This is very serious and will have implications across the region,” a senior banker said.

Dubai World signed the $5.5 billion term loan in June 2008 which included a $2.1 billion, two-year term loan, a $1.95 billion, three-year term loan, a $1 billion, five-year term loan, and a $450 million, three-year revolving credit facility.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ 8306.T, Calyon CAGR.PA, Emirates Bank, HSBC HSBA.L0005.HK, ING ING.AS, Lloyds TSB LLOY.L, MashreqBank MASB.DU, Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.L and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp 8316.T led the deal. Goldman Sachs GS.N pre-committed and joined the facility as a mandated lead arranger and another 49 banks joined the deal as participants.

Some of those banks saw volatility in their share prices on Thursday following the Dubai government’s announcement. [ID:nGEE5APOT2]

Assessing individual lenders’ exposure to Dubai World is difficult as loans trade in the secondary market after signing. Lenders can either reduce or increase their exposure and new lenders can join the deal.

Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE, for example, participated in Dubai World's loan, but a source told Reuters on Thursday that Deutsche Bank has no exposure to the company. [ID:nWEA3068].

Nakheel's loan, which matures in Jan. 2011 and included conventional and Islamic tranches, was provided by underwriters and bookrunners Emirates Bank International, Mashreqbank, Noor Islamic Bank and Samba Financial Group 1090.SE.

Dubai World has $59 billion of liabilities, Nakheel said in August, which comprises the bulk of Dubai’s total debt of $80 billion. (Editing by Greg Mahlich) ((; +44 20 7542 3582; Reuters Messaging: ($1=3.673 Uae Dirham)