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Loans: Making Ordinal Sense

Perhaps it’s not actually a full-on bacchanalia in the loan market. To be sure, we are 10 years into a recovery, Fitch’s loan default rate sits at just 1.5% (and is expected to just inch up through 2020) and lenders are likely to accept lower spreads and looser terms. However, even in this environment, recent research from Covenant Review and LCD suggests a market that does demonstrate rational behavior.

The LSTA Comments on the Leveraged Loan Market

There recently have been several voices expressing concern about the state of the leveraged loan market. The Loans Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) would like to take this opportunity to answer some questions and dispel some of the misperceptions about the leveraged loan market.

Expert Q&A On US Loan Market – Hot Topics

The US loan market is facing significant challenges and changes, including regulatory challenges resulting from new data privacy rules and regulations and questions about the applicability of the Leveraged Lending Guidance, and changes introduced by blockchain technology and the growth of green loans. Practical Law asked Bridget K. Marsh of The Loan Syndications and Trading […]

LSTA Newsletter: October 5, 2018

This week we cover 3Q18 Recap and 4Q18 Precap; Litigation Funding and You; LSTA’s New Board and New Latam Docs

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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) […]

FAQs: The LSTA Trading Documents’ New Terms of Use

As we previously noted, on May 17, 2019, the LSTA published a new suite of U.S. secondary market trading documents. In conjunction with the rollout of the new documents the LSTA changed the Terms of Use applicable to counterparties who use those documents. Since then, we’ve received many questions about the new Terms of Use and below we answer many of those questions.