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Yankee Loans – "Lost in Translation" – a Look Back at Market Trends in 2015

This chapter takes a look at market trends for Yankee Loan issuance in 2015. "Yankee Loans" are US dollar denominated term loans that are syndicated in the US Term Loan B market to institutional investors and provided to...more

Current Topics in High Yield & Leveraged Finance - Spring 2016

Our Leveraged Solutions Team includes senior US, English and local lawyers throughout Europe who advise clients daily on issues that surround High Yield / Leveraged Finance. We are keen to share our learning and market...more

European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2016

Welcome to DLA Piper’s European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2016. This report, now in its seventh year, presents detailed results of our survey of 300 participants active in the European acquisition finance debt market....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

Record breaker: US M&A in 2015

As the dust settles from the explosion of US M&A activity in 2015, it is fitting to reflect on the forces that fueled the boom and consider what last year’s trends may tell us about the year ahead. The record year...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Agencies Find Weaknesses in Shared National Credits

Credit risk in the Shared National Credit (SNC) portfolio remained at a high level, according to an annual review of large shared credits released November 5 by federal banking agencies. The SNC review has been conducted...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review

During the decade preceding the financial and economic crisis, Austria has developed into a buoyant market for both domestic and international M&A activity, with some of the peak years seeing over 400 deals. Compared to...more

Treatment of senior unsecured debt in European leveraged finance transactions: the need for an intercreditor agreement

Over the last few years, the European leveraged finance market has seen rapid growth of senior secured high yield notes (“SSN”) and senior secured covenant-lite term loan B (“TLB”) financings. A common feature of both SSNs...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

US Leveraged Lending Guidelines

There has been much written about the ‘US Leveraged Lending Guidelines’ and, with increasing speculation that European bank regulators will look to control leveraged lending in some form or another in the near future, this...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

As we discussed in a prior newsletter, the evolving landscape for regulated financiers under the Leveraged Lending Guidance1 promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC and OCC has increased uncertainty for regulated...more

UPDATE: Cross-border Leveraged Lending – Consider Changes Needed to US Intercreditor Agreements for Financings with European...

Hybrid US/European restructurings can lead to unexpected commercial outcomes because of different practices in intercreditor agreements. The US loan markets continue to attract European borrowers whenever US pricing...more

Debt Financing Trends – Joe Price, Member, Corporate & Securities Practice [Video]

Joe Price discusses the various debt financing options available for leveraged sponsor deals and provides an overview of recent lower middle-market trends....more

High yield bond restructurings across Europe

As the flood of capital into riskier deals continues to pour in at unprecedented rates, and economic and geopolitical risks evolve, the prospect of a surge of bond defaults in the years ahead is looming over high yield...more

PE Sponsors Seek High Yield Flexibility Through Carve-Out Options

High yield bond offerings have been a core component of the European leveraged finance segment since 2009. The value of European high yield bond issuances has increased dramatically, more than doubling from 2011 to 2014...more

Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Recent legal and regulatory developments have raised issues for those considering a loan-to-own acquisition strategy, and have continued to impact both the structure of highly leveraged financings and the makeup of those...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Early Stage SBIC Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Key Issues in Leveraged Lending

The leveraged finance market in Europe has been continuing to develop in sophistication and depth over recent years. With the advent of sponsors operating globally, many law firms in the market having strong US and UK...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #2

The SEC first proposed a study of the fiduciary obligations of brokers and investment advisers as required by the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010. The SEC still has not made a decision about the shape of a fiduciary rule for...more

US Bank Regulators Publish FAQs and 2014 SNC Review of Leveraged Lending

On November 7, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) (collectively, the...more

SAFE Significantly Eases Restrictions On Cross-Border Security and Guarantees

China's foreign exchange authority has significantly eased restrictions on cross-border security and guarantees, a much-anticipated and game-changing development that opens the door to many previously prohibited or otherwise...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2014: Chapter 7: Yankee Loans – Structural Considerations...

The depth and liquidity of the investor base in the US institutional term loan market provides an attractive alternative for European borrowers in the leveraged finance market and has been a key source of financing liquidity,...more

Prudential Regulators Finalize Regulatory Capital Rule, Propose New Leverage Ratio For Large Banks

On July 9, the FDIC and the OCC approved a final rule to implement the risk-based and leverage capital requirements in the Basel III framework and relevant provisions mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act....more

They’re Here: The Final Interagency Regulatory Capital Rules

The Federal Reserve Board today approved the publication of the long-awaited final regulatory capital rules (“Final Rules” ), which were proposed one year ago (the “Proposed Rules”). While today’s action was taken by the...more

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