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LIBOR: Soup to Nuts in 30 Minutes

On Thursday, some 600 members attended the LSTA’s “The End of LIBOR: The Big Picture” webcast, a reference presentation intended help folks quickly come up to speed on i) Why LIBOR is ending, ii) what is the anticipated replacement rate (SOFR), what are its variants and how do they behave, iii) status and key steps for replacing LIBOR loans with SOFR loans and iv) key resources. Our next LIBOR webcast – “Demystifying the LSTA’s SOFR Concept Credit Agreement” – will take place on December 3rd.

Update on the LSTA’s New Terms of Use

As we’ve previously noted, the LSTA recently changed the Terms of Use applicable to the use its trading documents. The new terms require that any counterparty that trades a loan using LSTA secondary trading documents either obtain a license or become a member of the LSTA.

FAQs: The LSTA Trading Documents’ New Terms of Use

As we previously noted, on May 17, 2019, the LSTA published a new suite of U.S. secondary market trading documents. In conjunction with the rollout of the new documents the LSTA changed the Terms of Use applicable to counterparties who use those documents. Since then, we’ve received many questions about the new Terms of Use and below we answer many of those questions.

Sustainable Finance – FAQs

While the majority of sustainable finance activity has been on the equities side, the fixed income markets have also seen the development of green and sustainability linked products. On the loans side, the US loan market saw its first green loans and sustainability linked loans in 2018.  To find out more, download this publication.

Millennium: The Defendants Reply. Now What?

As we recently reported, the LSTA filed an amicus brief in a federal case coming out of the Millennium bankruptcy which is considering whether broadly syndicated term loans are securities for the purposes of federal and state securities laws. The LSTA argued that they are not and explained the materially negative consequences to borrowers and lenders were a court to reach the opposite conclusion. Recently, the banks completed the briefing in this case by filing a reply brief that reiterated their view that the term loan in that case is not a security.

LIBOR FAQs

LIBOR, “the world’s most important number”, is likely to cease after 2021. This presents significant—but hopefully surmountable—challenges. We discuss the LIBOR problem, timeline and potential shorter- and longer-term solutions. We discuss the LIBOR problem, timeline and potential shorter- and longer-term solutions.

Systemic Risk: Taking it to the House

Are leveraged loans systemically risky? A subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing this week to examine this very issue, one that the LSTA has scrutinized closely and that regulators, reporters and commenters have been mulling over for many months. (A webcast of the hearing is available here and the Committee memorandum is available here). Below, we review the hearing and address the major themes that emerged.

Loans As Securities FAQs

Are broadly syndicated term loans securities for the purposes of federal and state securities laws? That critical question, which has been percolating around the loan market for decades, is the subject of an amicus brief that the LSTA recently filed in a federal district court in New York. The LSTA argues that they are not […]

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LSTA Newsletter: January 24, 2020

This week we recap secondary trading for 2019, give an update on LIBOR transition in the U.K., and let you know that we’ve published a credit agreement for investment grade term loans.

LSTA Secondary Trading 2019 Executive Summary

After recording consecutive record highs during the fourth quarter of last year ($211 billion) and again during the first quarter of this year ($212 billion), secondary loan trading volumes decreased 10% in the second quarter, to $191 billion.

LSTA Publishes its Second Credit Agreement

Today the LSTA published a new addition to its document library – the LSTA’s Form of Credit Agreement – Investment Grade Term Loan. This form is designed for a standalone term loan for investment grade borrowers.