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Sunday, 21 January 2018

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  • Market starts with a bang

    Loans | 19 January 2018

    Europe’s leveraged loan market has started with a bang with over €10bn of loans in syndication, prompting one of the busiest Januarys since the financial crisis in terms of new issue volume.

  • Alcentra launches latest BWIC

    Loans | 12 January 2018

    Bids are due on a €127m portfolio of loans from Alcentra put up for sale in Europe’s secondary loan market.

  • Banks prep €5.65bn Unilever spreads financing

    Loans | 12 January 2018

    US private equity firm KKR’s €6.83bn acquisition of Unilever’s margarine and spreads business will be backed with €5.65bn-equivalent of debt financing.

  • EMEA lending falls to US$894bn

    Loans | 05 January 2018

    Syndicated lending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2017 dropped 2% to US$894bn from the 2016 total, as a result of subdued refinancing activity in the first half and patchy acquisition financing throughout the year.

  • Unilever

    Banks jostle for €5.3bn Unilever play

    Top News | 15 December 2017

    Banks have lined up around €5.3bn-equivalent of leveraged loans and high-yield bonds to back a potential acquisition of Unilever’s margarine and spreads business.

  • EMEA Loan House: Goldman Sachs

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Leveraged loans took the limelight in 2017, and banks increased their focus on speculative-grade clients to maximise returns. For its relatively new enthusiasm for lending, backed up by a large balance sheet and an appetite for risk, Goldman Sachs is IFR’s EMEA Loan House of the Year.

  • EMEA Leveraged Loan: Xella's €1.625bn LBO loan

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    The €1.625bn loan for Germany-based building materials maker Xella was the first sizeable LBO out of the blocks in 2017 and set the tone for the leveraged loan market for the rest of the year.

  • A farmer removes dried plants from his parched paddy field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India.

    Banks reject aggressive buyout loans

    Top News | 08 December 2017

    Bank lenders to European leveraged loans are increasingly rejecting deals due to aggressive pricing and documentation, but are being quickly replaced by institutional investors targeting higher-yielding term loan B paper.

  • Euro notes

    Investors very sure about Verisure

    Top News | 17 November 2017

    Investors piled into the €1.835bn leveraged loan and high-yield bond financing for Swedish alarms company Verisure last week, despite an aggressive structure that left many describing the deal as “top of the market” issuance.

  • Details emerge on Paysafe’s jumbo buyout loan

    Ticker | 15 November 2017

    Pricing and structure has emerged on a US$2.59bn covenant-lite leveraged loan financing backing the buyout of UK payment processing company Paysafe, banking sources said.

  • Banks launch €2.36bn sell down of Nets buyout loan

    Ticker | 13 November 2017

    Banks have launched syndication of a €2.36bn-equivalent leveraged loan financing backing US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman’s DKr33.1bn (US$5.3bn) take-private of payments firm Nets , banking sources said.

  • 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.

  • Stonepeak’s euNetworks buy backed with €300m leveraged loan

    Ticker | 08 November 2017

    US private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of a majority stake in UK-headquartered internet service provider euNetworks will be backed with a €300m leveraged loan, banking sources said.

  • Banks prepare €405m loans for Citic’s Axilone buy

    Ticker | 07 November 2017

    Banks have lined up €405m of leveraged loans to back alternative investment manager Citic Capital’s buyout of French packaging company Axilone, banking sources said.

  • Jefferies logo

    MOVES-Ramesh set to join Jefferies

    Ticker | 23 October 2017

    Bala Ramesh is set to join Jefferies’ syndicate team, banking sources said.

  • Market set for €7.6bn of LBO loans

    Loans | 20 October 2017

    Another wave of event-driven financings is set to hit Europe’s leveraged loan market in November, promising at least €7.6bn-equivalent of new issuance for cash-rich investors before the end of the year.

  •  European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters

    ECB to meet banks to clarify leveraged rules

    Top News | 13 October 2017

    The ECB has scheduled a round of meetings with banks to explain its guidance on leveraged transactions which is due to be implemented on November 16.

  • A worker puts the final touch to a train near a replica of Big Ben made with lemons and oranges

    Banks pitch €3bn deal for PAI’s Refresco bid

    Top News | 06 October 2017

    Bankers are pitching debt financings of around €3bn-equivalent to back French private equity firm PAI Partners’ take-private offer for Dutch juice-bottling company Refresco.

  • EMEA lending falls 9%

    Loans | 06 October 2017

    Syndicated lending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell 9% to US$610bn in the first three quarters of 2017 compared with the same period last year.

  • Europe's lev market shows strength

    Loans | 29 September 2017

    Over €5bn cleared Europe’s leveraged loan market via five jumbo deals in September and a further €5bn is set to launch from three more loans, illustrating the market’s capacity to digest a number of sizeable transactions at the same time.

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