Leveraged Loans

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The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market

At the start of 2016, global sponsors and their advisers are the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market. Healthy investor appetite over the last several years means attractive terms...more

Leveraged finance: arrangers focus on flex as market volatility shows no sign of abating

With the primary leveraged loan markets plagued by volatility in the US and China, trouble in the oil and gas sector, and uncertainty caused by a potential Brexit, arrangers' focus has been firmly on the market flex...more

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

The Liquidity Crunch Spurs Creative PE Deal Financing in the US

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the US Federal Reserve and other central banks in Europe have pumped trillions of dollars into the financial markets. Notwithstanding the amounts injected, a liquidity crunch in 2016 is...more

Treatment of senior unsecured debt in European leveraged finance transactions: Court of Appeal confirms no duty to unsecured third...

In its recent judgment in PK Airfinance Sarl v Alpstream AG, the Court of Appeal has reaffirmed the existing rule that a security holder upon a distressed sale of security assets does not owe a duty under English law to...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

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

A Two-Tier Market Emerges in European Leveraged Loans

We have already commented on the strong growth of the covenant-lite market in Europe for leveraged loans. The combination of a supply/demand imbalance in European leveraged loans — too little supply and much investor demand —...more

Preparing for Potential Inquiries into Designated Lender Counsel in PE Sponsored Syndicated Loans

Recent media reports have expressed alarm at the use of “designated lender counsel” in private equity-sponsored leveraged loan transactions. The phrase refers to the practice of a private equity firm instructing the...more

Preparing for Potential Inquiries into Designated Lender Counsel in PE Sponsored Syndicated Loans

Recent media reports have expressed alarm at the use of "designated lender counsel" in private equity-sponsored leveraged loan transactions. The phrase refers to the practice of a private equity firm instructing the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.3.15

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is doing all she can to soften the blow of (or at least sufficiently prep the markets for, bond traders be damned) the seemingly inevitable Fed interest rate liftoff at the Fed’s December meeting. ...more

FDIC Issues Advisory on Effective Risk Management Practices for Purchased Loans and Purchased Loan Participations

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on November 6 issued an Advisory to update information contained in the FDIC Advisory on Effective Credit Risk Management Practices for Purchased Loan Participations...more

Covenant-lite Terms Continue to Develop in Europe

As predicted a year ago, the adoption of US-style covenant-lite terms in European leveraged deals continues apace. This is hardly surprising given that the existence of ultra-low interest rates are sparking intense...more

New Opportunities in Cross-Border Special Situations Lending

Recent changes in cross-border leveraged loan documentation requirements open up new possibilities for both borrowers and lenders. Cross-border leveraged loan documentation has become increasingly permissive with respect...more

Mid-Market Trends - Leveraged Lending and the Current Regulatory Environment

Financial institutions, institutional investors and liquidity providers to the leveraged loan markets are finding themselves increasingly subject to new regulation in the United States and abroad. Both global and U.S....more

US trends affecting the European leveraged loan market

The buoyant leveraged finance market in Europe has been continuing to develop in sophistication and depth this year, particularly as regards sponsor friendly terms, as global sponsors and their advisers apply their...more

US trends affecting the European leveraged loan market

The buoyant leveraged finance market in Europe has been continuing to develop in sophistication and depth this year, particularly as regards sponsor friendly terms, as global sponsors and their advisers apply their...more

If “builder” baskets grow and “grower” baskets build, what is the difference and are either of these a “scalable” basket?

“Builder” baskets, “grower” baskets and “scalable” baskets: as the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets and the US and European markets continue to converge, technical alerts and debt capital markets updates throw these...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

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

Coming of age: The changing face of international leveraged debt

In This Issue: - A new dawn: Record year for debt heralds new era - On good terms: Convergence drives issuer-friendly markets - State of play: Global debt markets positioned for growth - European...more

Aviation Orphan Trust Structure

The use of traditional leveraged lease transactions for the financing of commercial aircraft has dropped dramatically in the last 5 to 10 years. Due to changes in economic conditions, tax laws, and accounting procedures,...more

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