Saudi Arabia sidelines Wall Street banks in Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia marginalized international banks advising on Aramco’s IPO. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley are among the global coordinators who have been sidelined after the oil giant turned to local lenders such as Samba Financial Group and National Commercial Bank, as well as HSBC Holdings to handle investor orders.

Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group Ltd., who are also global coordinators, have been asked to submit orders through the three banks. International banks will not have access to the IPO without Aramco’s permission.

More than 20 global banks are investing in Aramco’s IPO after it finally gave the green light after repeated delays. Senior bankers handed orders to Aramco, which will be able to achieve the goal of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to reach $2 trillion. Saudi officials have now thwarted the biggest names that have failed to deliver.

Banks will also miss the expected opportunity after foreign investors ignored the deal and Aramco decided not to market the sale of shares outside the Middle East, Bloomberg reported.

The offer will now mainly depend on local investors after most international fund managers have fallen to the $1.6 trillion target to $71 trillion.

Aramco was expected to pay more than 20 advisers to the deal, including banks, lawyers, marketing and advertising agencies, between 350 million and 450 million dollars, Bloomberg News reported in October. But the final payments will depend on how well equity banks place them with investors.


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