Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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  • 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.

  • Six banks fined

    CPA LBO skirts leveraged lending rules

    Top News | 29 September 2017

    Buyout firm Leonard Green & Partners has picked lenders that are not subject to regulatory guidelines to lead a US$1.7bn debt financing backing its acquisition of UK intellectual property services provider CPA Global.

  • Nets approaches 101 on take-private announcement

    Ticker | 26 September 2017

    Nets’ bond has traded down to approach a bid price of 101 on Monday’s news that US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is preparing an offer to take it private in what could be one of the largest European private equity takeovers in recent years.

  • Big funds lose bite

    Loans | 15 September 2017

    Europe’s largest CLO managers are losing their influence over Europe’s leveraged loan market as more diverse streams of money flows into the space.

  • MOVES-Lacault joins Bank of Ireland

    Ticker | 11 September 2017

    Bank of Ireland has bolstered its leveraged syndicated finance team with the hire of Etienne Lacault.

  • Almost €6bn of leveraged loans hit market

    Loans | 08 September 2017

    Nearly €6bn of loans launched to Europe’s leveraged loan market last week, including the €2.35bn jumbo deal backing the buyout by private equity groups Bain Capital and Cinven of German generic drugmaker Stada.

  • Logo of cable and telecommunications company Altice

    Banks pitch for massive Altice deal

    Top News | 08 September 2017

    Bankers are working on debt financings of around US$70bn that would back a potential offer by Netherlands-based telecom conglomerate Altice NV and its US cable unit for US cable operator Charter Communications.

  • Altice

    Bankers work on US$70bn debt for Altice Charter tie-up: TRLPC

    Ticker | 07 September 2017

    Bankers are working on debt financings of around US$70bn backing a potential offer by Netherlands-based telecom conglomerate Altice NV and its US cable unit for US cable operator Charter Communications Inc, banking sources said on Wednesday.

  • Size matters with big LBOs in focus

    Loans | 01 September 2017

    With almost €10bn of leveraged loans set to launch in Europe’s leveraged loan market in September, bankers are wary that some of the smaller, low-profile deals may find it difficult to capture investor attention.

  • Lenders await Sept deal flurry

    Loans | 18 August 2017

    Around €8.5bn of loans are set to launch for syndication in Europe’s leveraged loan market in September as lenders get ready to hit the ground running following the summer break.

  • Holland & Barrett scrapes over the line

    Loans | 11 August 2017

    UK-headquartered healthfood and supplements chain Holland & Barrett was forced to make significant changes to a £900m-equivalent buyout loan in order to attract enough support prior to closing, as retail credits struggled to win investor favour.

  • Avast Software

    Investors pay to join Avast add-on

    Top News | 04 August 2017

    Loan investors have agreed to pay over par to take part in a €117m-equivalent acquisition add-on loan for Prague-based security software company Avast Software, in another sign of an overheated market.

  • 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.

  • An employee holds the largest D colour internally flawless diamond for auction offered by Sotheby's

    Thom Europe loses its sparkle

    Top News | 28 July 2017

    French jewellery retailer Thom Europe became the latest casualty of investor pushback in the European leveraged loan market last week when it was forced to make a series of changes, including scrapping a €140m dividend, to help its refinancing clear a congested market.

  • Top of the market to you?!

    Loans | 28 July 2017

    Lenders are calling the top of the market after an intense assault on pricing, terms and conditions in Europe’s leveraged loan market in the past 12 months has forced them to accept the most aggressive terms seen since the financial crisis.

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