Lebanon could be the next country to be won over to the joys of mortgage securitization if efforts of European bankers pay off.

Leading the banking charge is Brussels-based Fredell & Co., whose Ola Nilsson and Jan Severa, were in Beirut recently to meet with government and banking officials, including Emile Lahoud, the Lebanese president. "My feeling is that they know that they need securitization and that mortgage securitization, in particular, would bring many benefits," Nilsson said.

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