New Form of Agreement Among Lenders Unveiled

Members joined us to look at the LSTA’s newest form – and first form designed for middle market lending. The speakers covered the context and approach taken by the LSTA when drafting the form, with a particular focus on the different drafting options and alternative formulations available in the agreement. The speakers also highlighted key issues discussed among the committee members during the drafting process. 

Topics included:

  • What is a synthetic first lien/second lien unitranche financing?
  • How can practitioners make best use of the form?
  • The effect of bankruptcy and issues that may arise during an insolvency proceeding
  • Variations in voting mechanisms
  • Alternative waterfall trigger events
  • Common permutations of buy-out rights and rights of first offer

EVENT DETAILS

Thursday, April 11, 2019
4PM to 5:15PM (ET)|Webcast Only
Registration|Open to LSTA Members
Price|Free
1.5 CLE Credit|Available for NYS Transitional and Non-Transitional  – Areas of Professional Practice

SPEAKERS:

  • Todd Goren, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Min Heo, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Geoffrey Peck, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Tess Virmani, LSTA, Intro
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LSTA Newsletter – September 20, 2019

This week we explain the big SOFR jump, share Lee Shaiman’s and David Lerner’s Morning Consult op-ed, highlight some LIBOR coverage, and discuss the ESG lending panel at the Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference.

LSTA Meets With Rep. Andy Barr

This week LSTA members and staff met with Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06). Barr, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has led bipartisan efforts to pass legislation that would have revised the Volcker Rule in a way that would have permitted banks to hold the debt securities of legacy CLOs and to revise the risk retention rule to allow managers to more easily comply. More recently, Barr was a key participant at a hearing of a subcommittee of the HFSC explaining that neither leveraged loans nor CLOs presented systemic risk.

What is ESG-Linked Lending and Why Do We Care?

That is the question answered by the sustainable finance panel at the 25th Annual Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference. Moderated by Maria Dikeos (Refinitiv LPC), the panel explored the recent growth of sustainability-linked loans (or ESG loans) in the U.S. Panelists included Sean Colvin (Louis Dreyfus), Gary Herzog (Credit Agricole), Carolyn Kee (Citiggroup), Claire O’Connor (Barclays Capital), Cara Younger (BBVA) and Tess Virmani (LSTA). The speakers outlined the benefits that these loans can have for the right borrower and also flagged some of the important considerations to be mindful of in structuring these loans.

LIBOR Trending Too…

While the daily SOFR spike grabbed the headlines this week, other LIBOR coverage should be noted as well. First, LIBOR’s end is trending. In an American Banker Bankshot podcast, the LSTA’s Meredith Coffey discussed exactly why LIBOR is going away, what the replacement rate likely would be, and why this is important to bankers and borrowers (and students and homeowners!).

SOFR Above Tuesday?

For those that missed it – which, based on our email traffic, was no one – the published overnight SOFR rate jumped from 243 bps on Tuesday to 525 bps on Wednesday and then back to 255 bps on Thursday. So what happened to SOFR on Wednesday? We discuss below (and the ARRC explains in this helpful missive as well).