Laura Prater

Laura Prater

White & Case LLP

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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

2/19/2016 - Chapter 11 Collaboration Debt Debt Restructuring Emerging Markets EU Financial Sector High-Yield Markets Innovation Leveraged Lending Private Equity

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

2/18/2016 - Acquisitions Bonds Debt Market EU Financial Sector Financing High Yield Bonds Leveraged Loans Loans

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

2/17/2016 - Emerging Markets EU Financial Markets High-Yield Markets Leveraged Loans Private Equity Restructuring

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

2/16/2016 - Debt Market Debt Restructuring EU Financial Crisis Fund Managers High Yield Bonds Institutional Investors Lehman Brothers Lenders Liquidity Schemes of Arrangement UK

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

2/15/2016 - Corporate Issuers EBITDA EU Financial Sector Investors Leveraged Loans Liquidity Non-Bank Lenders

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

2/12/2016 - Capital Raising Corporate Issuers EU High-Yield Markets Innovation Lenders Leveraged Loans Secondary Markets

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

2/11/2016 - Complex Financial Products Cross-Border Transactions EU High Yield Bonds Italy Leveraged Buyout Leveraged Loans Pari Passu Refinancing

DTEK Scheme sanctioned on the basis of a change of governing law of New York law bonds

On 27 April 2015, the English High Court sanctioned a scheme of arrangement (the “Scheme”) for the US$200 million 9.5% senior notes due 2015 (the “2015 Notes”) issued by DTEK Finance B.V. (the “Issuer”), a Dutch finance...more

5/8/2015 - Bonds EU Restructuring Schemes of Arrangement

APCOA – The Key Highlights of 2014’s Most Discussed Scheme

On 30 October 2014, the English High Court sanctioned the second scheme of arrangement for the APCOA group (the “Scheme”). APCOA has been one of the hottest names in the restructuring market in 2014. First, it broke new...more

12/17/2014 - Generalized Scheme of Preferences Lenders Parking Lots Restructuring UK

‘Flip-Up Pre-Packs’ – A new approach to accessing the UK insolvency regime

The UK has long-since established itself as a jurisdiction of choice for complex cross-border restructurings involving corporate groups whose principal operations are overseas. Typically, the English Court has accepted...more

6/20/2014 - Commercial Bankruptcy Cross-Border Foreign Corporations Insolvency Jurisdiction Restructuring UK

Apcoa Parking: Availability of UK Scheme of Arrangement to foreign corporates extended

One of the recent hot topics in the European restructuring market has been whether the UK Courts would sanction a scheme of arrangement in relation to a foreign company, with no previous connection to the UK whatsoever, where...more

5/7/2014 - Corporate Governance Corporate Restructuring Debt Restructuring Foreign Corporations Jurisdiction UK

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