Saturday, 22 September 2018

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  • Participants wearing costumes and make-up as zombies march during a Halloween event to promote the U.S. TV series "The Walking Dead" at Tokyo Tower

    Zombies shuffle towards restructurings

    Loans | 08 November 2013

    Distressed investors are buying up loans of European companies that are heading towards restructurings in the secondary market, including UK vending machine business Selecta, German parking company Apcoa and UK hygiene services company

  • ZF to seek investment grade after TRW buy

    Loans | 19 September 2014

    German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen is aiming for investment-grade status in the mid-term for the debt backing its US$13.5bn acquisition of US rival TRW Automotive Holdings.

  • United Biscuits factory

    Yildiz launches £985m deal for UB buy

    Loans | 21 November 2014

    The acquisition of UK-based snacks maker United Biscuits by Turkey’s largest food group Yildiz Holding is backed with a £985m leveraged loan financing.

  • A boy poses with a Chinese national flag in front of the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Wittur’s China link could hamper loan

    Top News | 02 October 2015

    German lift components maker Wittur’s exposure to China and its low secondary trading prices have raised questions in the loan market over the underwriting banks’ ability to sell down the company’s €200m add-on leveraged loan.

  • VWR's US$7.75bn loan on hold for post-summer sale

    Loans | 04 August 2017

    Banks have decided to wait until September to syndicate a jumbo US$7.75bn-equivalent buyout financing backing US life sciences company Avantor’s take-private of lab supplies company VWR Corp.

  • Volume down 25% but pipeline builds

    Loans | 06 April 2018

    First-quarter syndicated lending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell 25% year-on-year to US$200bn from US$267bn, reflecting a fall in M&A activity and refinancing compared with the beginning of last year.

  • Vivarte lenders to appoint restructuring adviser

    Loans | 31 January 2014

    Lenders to struggling French retailer Vivarte are close to appointing a restructuring adviser after rejecting Vivarte’s request to ignore a breach of its loan covenants.

  • vivarte kookai loans

    Vivarte breaches loan terms

    Top News | 19 July 2013

    French clothing retailer Vivarte, owned by private equity sponsor Charterhouse, last week confirmed that it had breached the terms on €3.43bn of loans, despite carrying out an amend-and-extend of its debt facilities only last year.

  • Euro notes

    Verisure set for jumbo dividend

    Top News | 10 November 2017

    Swedish alarms company Verisure is providing another demonstration of just how hot leveraged finance has become as it prepares a €1.05bn dividend payment to its shareholders after bondholders agreed to suspend protections on an outstanding bond.

  • Verallia cuts pricing for a third time

    Loans | 19 May 2017

    French glass bottle maker Verallia is repricing its €1.375bn debt for a third time, taking advantage of strong liquidity and favourable conditions in Europe’s leveraged loan market.

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