Project-Related Corporate Loans

From Open Risk Manual


Project-Related Corporate Loans are corporate loans, made to business entities (either privately, publicly, or state-owned or controlled) related to a Project, either a new development or expansion (e.g. where there is an expanded footprint), where the Known Use of Proceeds is related to a Project in one of the following ways:

  • The lender looks primarily to the revenues generated by the Project as the source of repayment (as in Project Finance) and where security exists in the form of a corporate or parent company guarantee;
  • Documentation for the loan indicates that the majority of the proceeds of the total loan are directed to the Project. Such documentation may include the term sheet, information memorandum, credit agreement, or other representations provided by the client into its intended use of proceeds for the loan.

It includes loans to government-owned corporations and other legal entities created by a government to undertake commercial activities on behalf of the government.

Equator Principles Context

In the context of the Equator Principles[1] all Category A and, as appropriate, Category B Projects, Project-Related Corporate Loans shall include loans to national, regional or local governments, governmental ministries and agencies.

Project-Related Corporate Loans shall include Export Finance in the form of Buyer Credit, but exclude Export Finance in the form of Supplier Credit (as the client has no Effective Operational Control ).

Furthermore, Project-Related Corporate Loans exclude other financial instruments that do not finance an underlying Project, such as Asset Finance, hedging, leasing, letters of credit, general corporate purposes loans, and general working capital expenditures loans used to maintain a company’s operations.


  1. The Equator Principles, July 2020, available from