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We empirically investigate the organizational determinants of the speed of a loan syndication process, with a particular focus on the influence of syndicate composition and organization. Indeed, the major advantage of syndicated lending is the speed with which the required funding can be obtained, while syndication composition and organization are considered as crucial for successful syndication. In a cross-country framework, we show that syndicate composition and organization characteristics clearly matter for the duration of the syndication process and therefore for borrower satisfaction in terms of the speed of obtaining the necessary funding. In particular, a syndicate composition and organization adapted to the specific agency problems of syndication, with numerous, reputable and experienced arrangers holding a larger portion of the loan and with more lenders from the same country as the borrower reduces the duration. Furthermore, past relationships between lenders or arrangers and borrowers allow for a faster syndication process as well.