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  • Market turmoil stalls Lloyds’ loans sale

    Loans | 02 September 2011

    Lloyds Banking Group’s plans to sell syndicated loans have been put on hold after secondary loan prices slumped amid extreme market volatility in August, slowing the bank’s progress in trimming its hefty balance sheet, loan bankers said.

  • Rising secondary loans catch traders short

    Loans | 24 February 2017

    Europe’s secondary loan market has peaked at an all-time high with the composite reaching 100.94 this month, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data, fuelled by a supply-demand imbalance that is affecting banks as traders take hits to cover costly shorts.

  • Securitas Direct Verisure logo

    ​Banks line up €3bn financing for Securitas Direct

    Loans | 09 October 2015

    The leveraged financing backing Hellman & Friedman’s acquisition of a stake in Sweden’s Securitas Direct Verisure that it did not already own is the largest European leveraged deal to test the market since global volatility hit in the summer.

  • ​EMEA lending plummets in Q3

    Loans | 02 October 2015

    Syndicated lending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the first nine months of 2015 totalled only US$683bn, down 24% from the same period last year, as European merger and acquisition activity remained muted and demand for refinancing continued to tail off.

  • ​P&M: Wells Fargo names co-heads of loan syndications and high-yield

    Ticker | 28 September 2015

    Wells Fargo Securities, the investment banking and capital markets unit of Wells Fargo & Co, appointed Jim Jeffries and Gary Wolfe as co-heads of the loan syndications and high-yield debt capital markets group.

  • Ziggo logo

    …and a loan deal gives market a confidence boost

    Top News | 31 January 2014

    Liberty Global gave Europe’s leveraged loan market a major boost with a €3.7bn financing to back its acquisition of Dutch cable company Ziggo that marks a departure from its traditional appr

  • 2012 kicks off on a positive note

    Loans | 14 January 2012

    The secondary loan market kicked off 2012 positively, with prices rising every day since the beginning of the year. Europe’s top 40 leveraged loans rose 62bp to 91.53% of face value last Thursday from 90.91% on December 15, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • European leveraged loan volume

    A new wave

    Loans | 19 June 2015

    European leveraged loan bankers are readying for a pick-up in activity, with as much as €7bn of loans expected to be launched before September providing a much-needed boost to a market that has been plagued by a dearth of recent buyouts.

  • The AA

    AA jump-starts 2013 buyout loan rush

    Top News | 16 November 2012

    A £2bn financing package to back a buyout of 107-year old motoring services firm the AA will lead a string of sizeable leveraged loans in 2013, boosting confidence among lenders that jumbo M&A is returning to Europe.

  • Acromas

    Acromas refi nears closure

    Top News | 03 May 2013

    The £4bn refinancing of Acromas, the private equity-owned firm behind travel company Saga and British motoring services firm the

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