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  • Mizuho expands as Nomura starts shrinking

    People & Markets | 21 September 2012

    Mizuho International, the London-based securities and investment banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group, has appointed Michiel de Jong as its president and chief executive officer. It hopes that De Jong’s appointment, effective immediately, will facilitate the banks international expansion plans.

  • Prices rise as investors go on spending spree

    Loans | 14 September 2012

    Europe’s secondary loan market rose for the seventh consecutive week as cash-rich investors continued their search for paper amid a wider market rally on Friday following the US Federal Reserve’s announcement of its plan to pump US$40bn into the US economy each month.

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    Fresenius failure frustrates lenders

    Loans | 08 September 2012

    Bankers were dealt a blow as the €4.8bn-equivalent loan backing German healthcare group Fresenius’ takeover of Rhoen-Klinikum was cancelled after the acquisition collapsed, adding further pressure to generate fees in a market where M&A remains scarce.

  • ECM unveils loan-bond fund

    People & Markets | 08 September 2012

    Wells Fargo’s European credit manager ECM Asset Management launched an up to €500m fund to invest in loans and bonds, helping fill the gap left from reduced bank lending and lack of new CLO funds in Europe.

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    Private equity hits ‘Buy It Now’ button

    Loans | 01 September 2012

    Concern about failing LBO auctions in Europe is provoking private-equity firms to submit deliverable bids ahead of or before the end of formal M&A processes, in order to secure deals.

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    Equity injection cleans up ISS balance sheet

    Top News | 25 August 2012

    The move by Danish cleaning services company ISS to cut its DKr30bn (US$4.9bn) debt by raising a €500m equity investment from two new investors shows a way for ex-buyout companies to deleverage and better manage refinancing risk and liquidity as private equity firms prepare to exit.

  • Market moves sideways in bank holiday week

    Loans | 25 August 2012

    Secondary loans were once again flat to a little higher in a mixed week in the markets as many London-based traders stayed away from their desks before the UK’s August bank holiday. Europe’s top 40 leveraged loans rose only a marginal 8bp to 96.638% of face value on Thursday from 96.558% a week earlier, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.

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    Eastern Europe brings hope for LBOs

    Loans | 17 August 2012

    While Western European leveraged deals are falling by the wayside, there is some hope that Eastern Europe will bring some deal flow amid more certainty of M&A execution in the region.

  • Logo of Schenck Process, a manufacturer of weighting, dosing and filtration equipment

    Double blow for LBO land

    Loans | 17 August 2012

    Auction processes for Schenck Process and BASE stalled last week after the companies’ owners deemed the bids too low, denting hopes of a pick-up in LBO activity for the remainder of the year.

  • Olympic hangover leaves market flat

    Loans | 17 August 2012

    Europe’s secondary loan market was flat last week, with little activity as the August holiday lull bore the additional burden of “post-Olympic depression”, traders said. Europe’s top 40 leveraged loans rose a mere 2bp to 96.55% of face value on Thursday from 96.53% on August 10, according to Thomson Reuters data.