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A First Look at the ECB’s Final Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

In response to the strong recovery of the European leveraged finance market and the rise of borrower-friendly conditions that have been imported into the European market, the European Central Bank released its final guidance on leveraged transactions on May 16th.  Approximately six months in the making, the guidance comes after a public consultation period on the draft guidance from which many, but not all, industry comments were accepted.

European Leveraged Lending Guidance Edges Forward

While U.S. lenders – and borrowers – wonder whether the financial regulatory system may quickly ease under President Trump, the reality is that regulatory changes may take time to come to fruition, as noted here and here last week.  At the same time that U.S. participants hope for easing, European lenders may fear the imposition of greater restrictions.

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The Volcker Rule Amendments: What Do They Mean for CLOs

Earlier today the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) separately approved final rules amending rules originally published in November 2013 that implemented the Volcker Rule. Importantly, today’s amendments do not affect loans and CLOs. The FDIC signaled that amendments to the part of the Volcker Rule pertaining to CLOs would be forthcoming sometime in the future. Today’s amended rules are available here.

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) […]