Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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  • Steinhoff International logo

    Steinhoff loans plunge in secondary market

    Top News | 09 March 2018

    The price of Steinhoff International’s loans is falling in the secondary market as banks continue to sell to hedge funds ahead of an anticipated waiver request on the troubled South African retailer’s €10.7bn debt.

  • Blackstone Group office

    Financing shapes up for Blackstone's TR unit buy

    Top News | 23 February 2018

    Details of the US$13.5bn loan and bond financing backing US private equity firm Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk unit are emerging.

  • Thomson Reuters Chief Executive Jim Smith speaks about the deal with Blackstone Group in Toronto

    Subscribe to IFR (and other TR products) to win your place on US$15bn Blackstone deal

    Top News | 16 February 2018

    More banks are poised to join the US$15bn financing backing US private equity firm Blackstone Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’s Financial and Risk unit. The financing is made up of US$14bn of bonds and loans, and a separate US$1bn payment-in-kind note.

  • LMA addresses tardy settlement

    Loans | 02 February 2018

    The Loan Market Association is introducing the prospect of financial penalties for banks that drag their heels settling primary loans by including delayed compensation for lenders that exceed recommended timelines.

  • Logo of Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola

    Iberdrola seeks record €5.3bn Green loan

    Top News | 26 January 2018

    Spanish utility Iberdrola is in the market with a €5.3bn amendment to and extension of an existing loan, which will be the biggest Green loan to be issued by a European company to date.

  • Steinhoff calls for lender support

    Loans | 15 December 2017

    Troubled South African retailer Steinhoff is calling for the support of its lenders after rescheduling its annual lender meeting in London to Tuesday from 11 December, as it seeks to stabilise its financing and operational liquidity after admitting accounting irregularities on December 6.

  • Bank of The Year: JP Morgan

    Bank of The Year: JP Morgan

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    JP Morgan bestrides the world of finance in a way unprecedented in the modern era. It does more deals, makes more money and has bigger ambitions than any other banking institution. JP Morgan is IFR’s Bank of the Year and Loan House of the Year.

  • Back to the future?

    Loans | 24 November 2017

    Relaxing or repealing US Leveraged Lending Guidelines could offer banks the opportunity to take back market share lost to shadow banks and direct lenders and open the door to more multi-billion dollar buyout loans, bankers and investors said.

  • Loan banker Ellemann rejoins ABN AMRO

    People & Markets | 10 November 2017

    Peter Ellemann has joined ABN AMRO in London as a managing director in loan syndications, focusing on originating loans and private placements in Britain, Germany and France.

  • MOVES-Loan banker Ellemann rejoins ABN AMRO

    Ticker | 06 November 2017

    Peter Ellemann has joined ABN AMRO in London as a managing director in loan syndications, reporting to Jacco Keijzer, head of syndications, who is based in Amsterdam, the bank said on Monday.

  • Office Depot highlights retailers' loan woes

    Loans | 03 November 2017

    Office supply retailer Office Depot has been forced to sweeten terms on a US$750m term loan B after retailers’ secondary loan prices tumbled in the wake of department store JC Penney’s profit warning as the troubled sector continues to suffer in the US leveraged loan market.

  • Qatari loans test lenders' loyalties

    Loans | 06 October 2017

    A US$570m syndicated loan refinancing for Turkey-based QNB Finansbank is highlighting the growing difficulties facing international banks as they struggle to maintain impartiality in Qatar’s dispute with its neighbours.

  • Banks assess loan exposure as Qatar crisis deepens

    Loans | 29 September 2017

    Qatari banks and financial institutions in neighbouring countries that have severed diplomatic and transport ties are assessing their exposure to each other and seeking to sell loans in the secondary market as the crisis threatens to deepen.

  • EC gears up for market study

    Loans | 22 September 2017

    The European Commission is getting ready to kick off its review of the syndicated loan market with the appointment of a third-party surveyor to examine potential competition issues as part of a wider drive by the regulator to apply antitrust law to banking and financial services.

  • A Noble Group sign is pictured at a meet-the-investors event in Singapore.

    Banks cut exposure to Noble

    Loans | 09 June 2017

    Banks have sold about US$300m of a US$1.1bn revolving credit loan for Noble Group to funds, in a bid to limit their losses as the company appears to be gearing up for a contentious restructuring, banking sources said.

  • European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters

    ECB rules to reshape leveraged lending

    Top News | 09 June 2017

    The ECB’s final guidance on leveraged loans will reshape the European market when it comes into effect in November, but several key questions have yet to be answered as the countdown begins.

  • Lenders grapple with Brexit impact

    Loans | 19 May 2017

    The effects of Brexit are starting to be felt in the syndicated loan market as lenders seek greater flexibility on where and how they book loans to deal with the potential loss of passporting rights in a hard Brexit, a move that could cause operational problems for banks’ agency functions.

  • British Pound Sterling banknotes

    UK banks cut and run from local loans

    Top News | 10 March 2017

    UK banks are selling hundreds of millions of pounds of performing syndicated loans made to British companies to foreign banks as they try to boost profitability by reducing their exposure to - and even exiting - unprofitable relationships to meet growing pressure on balance sheets.

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals logo

    Valeant rallies support with key refi

    Top News | 10 March 2017

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals has taken advantage of a welcoming US leveraged market to refinance, repay and extend the maturity on its creaking US$30bn debt pile with a mix of new loans and bonds as the troubled Canadian drugmaker’s equity price remains under pressure.

  • Opportunities for buyouts to remain muted in 2017

    Loans | 03 February 2017

    Lending to new European buyouts in 2017 is expected to be in line with €50bn in 2016 despite a possible rush for deals before the European Central Bank implements new leveraged lending guidelines, according to a report by Fitch Ratings.

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