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Loan Market Embraces ESG

Over the last twelve months, the LSTA has focused on the impact of ESG (environmental, social and governance) considerations on the corporate loan market.

ESG Diligence Questionnaire FAQs

Companies and their investors are increasingly focused on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact their businesses. For many investors, being aware of the ESG risks a company faces and the way in which these risks are being addressed—is critical to understanding a company’s broader risk profile. Moreover, end investors are regularly requiring asset […]

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.

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SOFR Index (and Averages) are Coming!

he SOFR Index (and Averages) have created considerable buzz in the loan space. The good news: Last week, the New York Fed announced it would start publishing them on March 2nd. The bad news: Due to various loan idiosyncrasies, these tools – while still beneficial! – may be less useful than for other asset classes. We explain all below.

LSTA Newsletter – February 14, 2020

This week, we start off talking about how “loans as securities” might morph into “loans as direct loans”. On a related(ish) note, we also discuss direct lending trends. We dig into LBO trends, looking at now (2019) and then (2007). And, finally, we ponder the evolution to SOFR (and, specifically, cash spread adjustments).

LBOs: Less Leverage? More Flex!

An eternal question is “How do the current crop of leveraged loans compare to the 2007 vintage?” Today we have an answer. Covenant Review recently compared recent jumbo LBOs to their pre-crisis counterparts

Quarterly Bankruptcy Roundup

This week Rich Levin of Jenner & Block once again presented his quarterly review of recent court decisions of interest and importance to the lending and bankruptcy world.

LIBOR & SOFR: Spread Adjustments

Folks that know LIBOR is likely to end soon after December 2021 probably also know that SOFR, the likely replacement for USD loans, is a different kind of rate. While LIBOR theoretically includes an element of bank credit risk, SOFR is an overnight risk free rate.