Sunday, 18 March 2018

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  • The Macquarie bank tower in Central Sydney

    Techem buyout to prompt €2.8bn financing

    Top News | 16 March 2018

    A sale of German metering group Techem is underway and bankers are looking at options for a financing of up to €2.8bn to back the acquisition.

  • Unilever spreads far and wide

    Loans | 09 March 2018

    Flora Food Group, Unilever’s spreads business, has allocated a €4.7bn-equivalent leveraged loan buyout financing after attracting around 80 major investors into the jumbo cross-border deal.

  • SoftBank Group and ARM Holdings logos

    SoftBank mulls US$5bn loans via ARM

    Top News | 09 March 2018

    Japan’s SoftBank Group is considering raising around US$5bn of loans though its UK-based tech firm ARM Holdings.

  • Banks market jumbo Unilever deal

    Loans | 16 February 2018

    Banks are set to launch a €4.6bn-equivalent leveraged loan that backs US private equity firm KKR’s acquisition of Unilever’s margarine and spreads business, which is expected to be renamed the Flora Food Group.

  • Kroger

    EG lines up US$2.5bn for Kroger buy

    Top News | 16 February 2018

    Banks have lined up approximately US$2.5bn-equivalent of leveraged loans to back UK petrol station operator EG Group’s acquisition of US grocery chain Kroger’s convenience store unit.

  • Thomson Reuters Chief Executive Jim Smith speaks about the deal with Blackstone Group in Toronto

    Subscribe to IFR (and other TR products) to win your place on US$15bn Blackstone deal

    Top News | 16 February 2018

    More banks are poised to join the US$15bn financing backing US private equity firm Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’s Financial and Risk unit. The financing is made up of US$14bn of bonds and loans, and a separate US$1bn payment-in-kind note.

  • Steinhoff logo

    Lenders sell Steinhoff exposure

    Top News | 09 February 2018

    Banks are dumping their exposure to troubled South African retailer Steinhoff, with Natixis being the latest bank to sell out completely, and hedge funds are proving to be willing buyers of the paper.

  • Bouquets made of vegetables, strawberries and flowers

    Banks take a loss on Flamingo loan

    Top News | 09 February 2018

    Banks have taken a loss on a €310m leveraged loan financing backing UK flower and vegetable supplier Flamingo’s merger with Afriflora after making changes to the deal in order to attract enough investor support.

  • Loans drop after stock sell-off

    Loans | 09 February 2018

    Europe’s top 40 leveraged loan composite dropped almost a quarter of a point in response to the brutal global sell-off in stocks, before recovering over the course of the week.

  • Thomson Reuters Chief Executive Jim Smith speaks about the deal with Blackstone Group in Toronto

    Banks line up US$14bn debt for TR buy

    Top News | 02 February 2018

    Banks are lining up a jumbo leveraged financing of around US$14bn to back US private equity firm Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a 55% stake in the financial and risk business of Thomson Reuters.

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