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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.

Credit Ratings and ESG (Part III)

According to a 2018 UNPRI report, 86% of asset owners are considering ESG/active ownership when selecting asset managers – a 31% increase from 2017 – and 78% when monitoring their asset managers – a 25% increase YoY.

Breaking News: ESG Launches ESG Diligence Questionnaire

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (the “LSTA”), the advocacy and education association for the $1.2 trillion institutional leveraged loan market in the United States, today released its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Questionnaire to facilitate enhanced information-sharing on the part of corporate borrowers seeking capital in the marketplace.

ESG Diligence Questionnaire

We know that companies and their investors across the financial markets are increasingly focused on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact their businesses. For many investors and lenders, being aware of the ESG risks a company faces – and the way in which these risks are being addressed – is critical to understanding […]

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 […]

The Rise of Sustainability Linked Loans Article

ESG and sustainability are two buzzwords that crop up more and more in the financial markets – the loan market included. According to Refinitiv LPC, $167 billion in green loans and sustainability linked loans came to the global loan market in 2019. Of that activity, more than $135 billion in volume represents sustainability linked loans.

ESG Integration Into Credit Rating Analysis Presentation

Making the link between ESG risk relevance and materiality to credit rating decisions at a sector and entity specific level. The focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is intensifying across financial markets – the loan market included.   This presentation was done be Andrew Steel, MD and Global Head of Sustainable Finance of Fitch […]

Sustainability-Linked Loans: Financing the Green Transition

This practice note provides an overview of sustainability-linked loans (SLL). Sustainability-themed debt instruments represent one response of the financial community to the need to channel capital towards facilitating a carbon transition.  A Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note by Amara Gossin, Barclays and Robert Lewis, Sidley Austin.

Credit Ratings and ESG (Part 1)

As 2019 comes to a close, the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) significance in financial markets has been undeniable. In Europe, this trend is quite established, but over the last two years it has jumped the pond and there is now significant ESG interest by U.S. investors.

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Secondary Trading & Settlement Monthly January Summary

On Monday, February 24, U.S. stock indices recorded their worst decline in two years on concerns the coronavirus outbreak would continue to spread and begin to undermine global economic growth. In the loan market, bid levels indiscriminately dropped 18 basis points to begin the week, which worsened February’s price decline to 32 basis points.

LSTA Newsletter: February 21, 2020

This week, we start off in the markets, comparing defaults (low but rising), leverage (high but edging down), and yields (low and lowering). We move to LIBOR, announcing the new SOFR Index and Averages, and reminding members of our weekly call. We shift to the courts, providing an update on our Madden vs Midland amicus. […]

Market: Defaults, Structure & Pricing

Loan defaults climbed (slightly) this month and leveraged M&A structures have been more conservative in the last three months. These two facts likely are unrelated.