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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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    ​M&A outlook undimmed by market volatility

    Loans | 18 December 2015

    Europe could be set for a bumper M&A year in 2016, with more corporate, debt-funded activity anticipated as companies seek growth and private equity firms look for exits in choppy markets and smaller bolt-on acquisitions.

  • Loan House & Americas Loan House: Citigroup cartoon

    Loan House and Americas Loan House: Citigroup

    All Special Reports | 18 December 2015

    In a volatile year that made the long-awaited return of M&A a nerve-wracking affair for underwriters, Citigroup showed its commitment to clients as it deployed capital and consistently took risk. For this reason, Citigroup is IFR’s Loan House and Americas Loan House of the Year.

  • EMEA Loan House: HSBC cartoon

    EMEA Loan House: HSBC

    All Special Reports | 18 December 2015

    In a difficult and highly competitive year characterised by patchy M&A, subdued refinancing activity and macroeconomic minefields, HSBC was one of the only banks to raise its market profile by continuing to invest in its franchise as competitors fell back. For this reason, HSBC is IFR’s EMEA Loan House of the Year.

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    Banks braced for losses as LBO pipeline stalls

    Top News | 20 November 2015

    Banks are set to take significant losses on a big part of a US$14bn pipeline of leveraged buyout loans for US companies after a US$5.6bn debt financing for software company Veritas was pulled and another loan for retailer

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    Cost of dollar lending rises

    Loans | 13 November 2015

    The combination of a series of jumbo multibillion dollar acquisition loans and a rising demand for dollar loans in the Middle East as oil prices stay stubbornly low is squeezing international banks’ returns as dollar funding costs continue to rise.

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    Term loans rising in I-grade acquisition financing

    Loans | 30 October 2015

    The use of term loans to finance acquisitions by highly rated US companies is rising amid a late surge of M&A activity in the fourth quarter as companies such as drug retailer Walgreens Boots Alliance opt for more medium-term financing to give greater flexibility around when to tap volatile bond markets.

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    Belgium: AB InBev continues talks on jumbo loan

    Loans | 09 October 2015

    AB InBev is continuing talks with its relationship banks about a financing of up to US$70bn to back an improved all-cash proposed bid for SABMiller, after offering just over £68bn for its largest rival last Wednesday.

  • Glencore Xstrata CEO Ivan Glasenberg (C) leaves the first annual shareholders meeting next to a staff in the Swiss town of Zug

    Lenders remain supportive of Glencore

    Top News | 02 October 2015

    Lenders remain supportive of embattled commodities trader and mining company Glencore, which has about US$13bn of liquidity available and can finance its debt maturities for two years.

  • Gulf bank borrowing increases as oil prices stay low

    Loans | 02 October 2015

    Increased borrowing by Middle Eastern banks may continue into 2016 as financial institutions try to bolster their balance sheets while regional liquidity drops amid persistently low oil prices.

  • Cablevision’s switch to loans sets precedent

    Loans | 02 October 2015

    European telecoms giant Altice’s dramatic decision to switch US$1.5bn of high-yield bonds to leveraged loans in a US$8.6bn debt financing backing its US$17.7bn acquisition of US telecommunications operator Cablevision has set a precedent that more