Piraeus Synthetic Securitisation (Ermis II)



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

14 Dec 2022



PSD disclosed:

26 Jan 2023

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

Investment of c. EUR 10 million in credit linked notes, issued by a newly established securitisation special purpose entity (the "Issuer"), covering the credit risk of the senior mezzanine tranche in a synthetic balance sheet securitisation of a performing mixed loans portfolio, originated by Piraeus Bank S.A., a commercial bank incorporated in Greece (the "Originator" or "Piraeus").

Project Objectives

The project boosts the resilience of a systemic bank in Greece, and i subject to receipt of the ordinary terms and approvals by the competent authorities i will allow Piraeus Bank to achieve a risk weighted assets relief and optimise its regulatory capital requirements, while the anticipated RWA relief will be redeployed to new on-lending to the real economy. Furthermore, the EBRD promotes resource efficiency in the country by requiring Piraeus Bank to allocate funds in the amount of 1.7 times of EBRD's subscription to finance green investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 63

The project delivers transition impact through the Resilient quality, as it will contribute to the optimisation of the bank's capital structure by achieving weighted assets' relief and freeing up lending capacity, and further support the establishment of an innovative instrument in the Greek market, the use of which remains limited to date. The project also supports the Green transition quality and the EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") approach in Greece through Piraeus Bank allocating a multiple of the EBRD investment towards projects, which meet strict GET-eligibility criteria.

Client Information


The Issuer: A securitisation special purpose entity established in Ireland for the purposes of the synthetic balance sheet securitisation originated by Piraeus.

The Originator: Piraeus Bank is one of the largest systemic banks in Greece in terms of assets, with a market share by assets of c. 24% as of end-September 2022. The bank generates nearly all of its revenues domestically, following a universal banking model covering all financial and banking activities in the Greek market. Piraeus Bank S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Piraeus Financial Holdings S.A., which is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 10,000,000.00

Investment of EUR 9,995,609 in credit linked notes

Total Project Cost

EUR 93,922,864.00


The Bank's investment will facilitate the establishment of a relatively new instrument in the Greek financial market, where investor appetite remains limited. EBRD's participation promotes higher transaction standards and aims to support further mobilisation of institutional investors in the future, contributing to the deepening of the market. The project also involves standard-setting in the request to allocate EBRD participation proceeds to GET-eligible projects, meeting certain demanding standards and certification requirements. This further helps Piraeus Bank to promote green projects and enhance awareness and deployment of funds in this area and sets a market example for sustainable finance.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Piraeus is an existing client and well known to the EBRD through previous exposures. Under the existing exposures, Piraeus is in compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9. Piraeus will be required to continue to comply with these PRs, including the expanded E&S Exclusion List and new Referral List as introduced with ESP 2019; implement EBRD's applicable E&S Risk Management Procedures, and continue to submit annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD. The underlying securitised loan portfolio, guaranteed by EBRD, should be subject to Piraeus's ESMS, and the allocated multiple amounts should be reviewed and monitored in line with the requirements of PR9 and Piraeus' ESMS. Any potential renewable energy projects under the green allocation will need to follow the E&S Eligibility Criteria for hydro, wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal projects, as applicable. Any potential solar sub-projects would be managed in line with 'The Proposed Management Approach for Solar Supply Chain Risk Management' and any subsequent guidance developed under that approach. The project is consistent with the GET approach and the GET share is 100%, and up to 1.7x of EBRD's investment will be allocated to GET-eligible projects. The Project has a defined use of proceeds and is determined Paris aligned based on the application of the Bank's Paris alignment methodology for indirect finance.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Xenofon Damalas
(+30) 210 333 5818
Amerikis 4, 105 64, Athens, Greece

PSD last updated

26 Jan 2023

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