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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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Membership in the LSTA offers numerous benefits and opportunities. Chief among them is the opportunity to participate in the decision making process that ultimately establishes loan market standards, develops market practices, and influences the market’s direction.

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Pre-Holiday Market Check In

While some headlines might suggest otherwise, we know that markets ebb and flow. After all, that’s what makes them markets. Today we are doing a short pre-holiday check in on how that ebbing-and-flowing loan market is doing.

The Rise of Sustainability Linked Loans

ESG and sustainability are two buzzwords that crop up more and more in the financial markets – the loan market included. According to Bloomberg, $97 billion in green loans and sustainability linked loans have come to the global loan market in the first three quarters of 2019. Of that activity, more than $55 billion in volume represents sustainability linked loans.

SOFR Loan Spotted

According to CME, there have been over $300 billion of SOFR floating rate issuances through October 2019. While material, that’s kind of old news. The new news? That SOFR bilateral loans are beginning to appear publicly.

LSTA Newsletter: November 8, 2019

We discuss simple daily SOFR in arrears, the latest in the secondary market, a new LIBOR resource we’re providing, and some SOFR tools. We also provide an overview of the loan market holidays for 2019 reminder you to use the LSTA job board if you’re looking for a job or to fill a position on your staff.

Desperately Seeking Syndications

re you a JOB SEEKER? If so, you should check out the LSTA Loan Market Job board on our newly-designed website at https://www.lsta.org/loan-market-jobs/.