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2019: The Year in Numbers

A review of 2019 U.S. syndicated lending data reveals several interrelated macro trends. From the borrower side, there appeared to be less appetite to utilize the syndicated loan market. From an investor perspective, the year was marked by recovery, risk-off and the rebound dynamics. Below, we discuss the dynamics and dig into the data.

1H19 Market Review: Quieter Loans, Revving Bonds

In the past year, one might have noticed a certain alarmist tone in the press’s coverage of leveraged lending. Commentators have pointed to potential overheating, overleveraging (or, at least, overgrowth) of the loan market. We’ll acknowledge that leverage is higher and documents are looser. But we’d also gently recommend that commentators consider i) a data-based analysis of 2019 versus 2018 and ii) an apples-to-apples comparison to bonds. The real story is – as it often is – a bit more nuanced.

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LSTA Publishes its Second Credit Agreement

Today the LSTA published a new addition to its document library – the LSTA’s Form of Credit Agreement – Investment Grade Term Loan. This form is designed for a standalone term loan for investment grade borrowers.

LSTA Newsletter – January 17, 2020

A short one this week: one article on the borrower’s arguments for “hardwired” LIBOR fallbacks, and another article on the latest in what the LSTA is doing in the ESG space. Oh–and a friendly reminder to treat MLK Day as a holiday for delayed comp purposes.

LSTA’s Recap of Brexit: Britain To Withdraw

Today, the LSTA hosted a webinar, “Brexit: Britain to Withdraw on January 31st”, presented by Clifford Chance Partner, Simon Crown. The UK has been stuck in a holding pattern since the 2016 Brexit referendum, but that was broken by the results of the UK’s General Election, which took place on December 12th, when the UK’s Conservative Party were returned to government with a strong majority in the House of Commons.