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US Tax Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Leveraged Finance

The new tax rules are expected to have an immediate impact on leveraged companies and leveraged finance transactions. On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the Act).1 This...more

Increased Flex Amid Record Liquidity in European Leveraged Loans Requires Careful Navigation by PE Firms

The European leveraged loan market is going from strength to strength, with a continuing surplus of available credit compared to deal requirements, resulting in very borrower-favourable terms. However, we are seeing signs of...more

The UK Financial Conduct Authority Bans Use of Certain Restrictive Contractual Clauses

The ban extends to foreign branches of UK firms; also where services are provided from a firm’s UK establishment. Key Points: ..Effective 3 January 2018 firms subject to the ban cannot enter into agreements that contain...more

European Central Bank Publishes Final Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

The ECB final guidance reflects market feedback and is more closely aligned to the US leveraged lending guidance. The European Central Bank (ECB) published the long-awaited final guidance on leveraged lending on 16 May...more

U.S.-Style Leveraged Lending Guidance Comes to Europe

On 23 November 2016, the European Central Bank (ECB) published its draft guidance to banks on leveraged lending, launching a public consultation period that runs until 27 January 2017. The draft guidance is very similar to...more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

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