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2017 CLO Review, 2018 Preview: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

As of Thursday mid-day, the U.S. CLO market continued to await its first new deal of 2018. There is in fact a large pipeline of new CLOs, but they are competing against a number of resets trying to get done by the January payment date, LCD noted. Happily, this respite gives us time to reflect on 2017, recap the major trends, contemplate the evolution (or revolution) in the CLO market and consider what may be on tap for 2018 and beyond.

CLOsing Out the Year in Style

After we all feared that risk retention would materially hamstring the CLO market, 2017 has gone in a rather different direction. In fact, with several work weeks remaining this year, new 2017 U.S. CLO issuance has hit $107 billion, edging past 2007 to become the second most active year on record. And that’s just if one considers new issuance.

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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

ESG and Cyber in Credit Ratings Presentation

The focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is intensifying across financial markets – the loan market included. This presentation was done by Jim Hempstead, Managing Director, Global Project & Infrastructure Finance and Brendan Sheehan, VP-Senior Analyst-Environmental, Social & Governance both from Moody’s Investor Service.

Secondary Trading & Settlement Monthly: October Executive Summary

November was a solid month in the secondary loan market, with S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) returning 0.59%. October, however, was a different story. Secondary loan trading volume spiked 19% in October to a six-month high of $64 billion. This followed a two-month stretch where volumes fell below $60 billion per month.

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.