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Incremental Facilities – The LMA Approach

Incremental Facilities - Once the preserve of large cap deals and top tier sponsors, incremental facilities (which can otherwise be known as accordion or additional facilities) have become a permanent feature of the...more

Ban on 'big four' auditors clauses comes into effect

As of 17 June 2016, any term in a contract which has the effect of restricting any audited person's choice of statutory auditor to certain categories or lists of statutory auditors will have no effect. This change, as...more

New accounting standard, IFRS 16 Leases — impact on facility agreements

On 13 January 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published a new accounting standard relating to the accounting treatment of leases?IFRS 16 Leases. The new accounting standard will take effect from 1...more

A brave new world for international leveraged debt - The reshaping of the wider economy has led to increasingly converging and...

Innovation and collaboration are driving leveraged debt markets - European high yield and leveraged loan markets have a distinctly different feel from 12 months ago. Volumes and values notably dropped over 2015, leaving...more

Leveraged debt: The year in review

If 2014 got pulses racing in the high yield debt and leveraged loan markets, 2015 came as something of a reality check. In the first nine months of 2014, combined issuance in these two debt instruments had already surpassed...more

Innovation and collaboration are driving leveraged debt markets

European high yield and leveraged loan markets have a distinctly different feel from 12 months ago. Volumes and values notably dropped over 2015, leaving issuers and lenders wondering what to expect in 2016 and beyond....more

Evolution and alternatives in the market - While fears of another downturn loom, the European financial markets have innovated,...

Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the period that followed, the markets have more understanding of the credit risk spectrum. This includes jurisdictional risk, available restructuring options and the complexity...more

Eyes on Europe: Cov-lite and Term Loan B rise

The growth of European markets was noticed by US issuers, who have looked across the Atlantic to borrow as pricing widened in the US and appetite increased in Europe. In the second quarter of 2015, US issuers were the...more

Innovation is the key to success in 2016

Diverging economic conditions on either side of the Atlantic—as well as geopolitical issues such as global stock market volatility and plummeting oil prices—mean issuers, lenders and their advisers are entering unknown...more

A reset for debt in 2015?

At the beginning of 2015, it was believed that the high yield bond and leveraged loan markets would continue at the levels seen in 2014. Issuance had peaked and terms were loosening. Indeed, the first quarter started...more

European High Yield and leveraged loans: Has the convergence gone too far?

The growth of the High Yield (HY) market in the leveraged finance arena has, save for a few short term downturns, continued unabated since the onset of the financial crisis. The financial crisis and the continued...more

2014 – The times they are a-changin’

While some of us are old enough to remember the heady days of straight forward senior/mezzanine deals (sometimes with a PIK thrown in for good measure), it is clear that in the current market you can no longer predict what...more

Reforming EU Audit Services to Restore Investor Confidence

A legislative package to open up the EU audit services market beyond the dominant "Big Four" and to remedy weaknesses revealed by the financial crisis has been approved by the European Parliament and adopted by the Council of...more

6/5/2014  /  Audits , EU , Investors

The Return of the Leveraged Loan Market

Increased confidence and appetite for risk developed in 2013 and has continued at pace into Q1 2014. 2013 brought us the highest annual new-issue loan volume in five years. This translated to an impressive year-on-year...more

September 2013 Update - Dodd-Frank and Swap Guarantees

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) has issued a rule jointly with the Securities Exchange Commission further defining the term “swap” and “security-based swaps”. In that rule, CFTC has taken the view that...more

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