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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 […]

Japanese Risk Retention Rules: What Do They Say? What Do They Mean?

Japanese Risk Retention Rules: What Do They Say? What Do They Mean? The JFSA just published its final rule and FAQs on securitizations and capital costs. What do they say and what do they mean for Japanese investors and the US CLO market? How will this impact leveraged loan underwriting? We unpacked all of that. […]

Leaving LIBOR: Two Steps Forward

The past week has been big. After 10 months of work, the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) released its recommended LIBOR fallback language for syndicated loans and floating rate notes. The LSTA co-chairs the ARRC Business Loans Working Group, was one of the drafters of the loan fallback language, and also has published an easy-to-read explanation of LIBOR fallbacks and a printable one-pager here (after login).

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LSTA Newsletter: August 16, 2019

This week we cover LIBOR-Good News and Less Good News; Docs Terms of Use; Delayed Comp Docs Released; Loans Mag Announcement

Loans Magazine – Summer 2019 Edition

This edition provides members with valuable content on the latest developments in the syndicated loan market. An article from David Chmiel of Global Torchlight Limited which explores “Current Geopolitical Trends Impacting the Loan Market”. We continue with a series of articles on the many aspects of the LIBOR/SOFR transition, an analysis of the secondary loan […]

LIBOR Fallbacks: Good News… and Less Good News

There is good news – and less good news – on LIBOR fallback language in cash products like loans, FRNs and CLOs. On the good news front, it looks like most cash products are now including fallback language in new deals. This is critical because many instruments will be outstanding when LIBOR ends after 2021, and if they don’t have good fallback language, there could be contract frustration (and litigation). However, on the less-good-news front, the fallback language is not always consistent (which may lead to a lot of work to determine exactly how each instrument would fall back) or workable en masse (which may lead to traffic jams as everyone tries to amend their deals at the same time). We discuss the fallback status of FRNs and loans below. (And we’d gently remind readers that several CLOs have gone “hardwired”, per LCD and Covenant Review).

Primary Delayed Compensation: Drafts Released

Yesterday, the LSTA released drafts of the LSTA trading documents to be used in connection with the new Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol. Below, please find links to the clean drafts and blacklines marking the changes to the current versions of the Par/Near Par Trade Confirmation and Standard Terms and Conditions for Par/Near Par Trades.

Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol

The Protocol applies to a “Primary Allocation” which is an allocation of new money by a syndicate desk in connection with either (i) a new issue syndication or (ii) an amendment of an existing Credit Agreement. In addition, the Protocol affects when-issued secondary trades by (i) changing what constitutes an Early Day Trade and (ii) […]

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.