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US Tax Reform and the Loan Market

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the end of 2017 has impacted businesses and individuals and alike. After its passage, the LSTA hosted Latham & Watkins for a webcast on the projected impact of tax reform on financings. While predictions could be made then, much of the detail was left to implementing guidance and was then unknown. Last week, roughly 18 months later, Jiyeon Lee- Lim, Elena Romanova and Jane Summers, partners at Latham & Watkins, returned to give an update now that some of those details have been filled in.

Taxing Questions (and the Loan Market)

Since the tax reform was signed into law last December, LSTA members have wondered what it means for the loan market (and for themselves). We have begun to answer at least part of the first question. On Thursday, January 30, 2018, Jiyeon Lee-Lim, Elena Romanova and Jane Summers, partners at Latham & Watkins, laid bare the new tax rules generated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the Act includes important changes impacting businesses and individuals, the panelists highlighted those new tax rules particularly relevant for financings.

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Mark-to-Market Monthly November Summary

Last month in this space we boldly wrote “there is a silver lining for loans: they appear to be oversold”. And sure enough, following its worst monthly print this year (-0.45% in October) the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) produced a four-month best 0.6% November return.

Demystifying the LSTA’s SOFR Concept Credit Agreement

Last week the LSTA hosted its Demystifying the LSTA’s SOFR Credit Agreement webcast presented by Jeffrey Nagle of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, the LSTA’s project counsel, and the LSTA’s Tess Virmani.

Semi-Annual Oil & Gas Industry Update Presentation

Energy finance practitioners from Haynes and Boone, LLP will discuss current energy finance topics, including the latest trends in oil and gas finance. The presentation was done by Eli Columbus, Partner, Bankruptcy Practice Group, Kraig Grahmann, Partner, Energy Finance Practice Group, Kim Mai, Associate, Commodities Trading & Finance Practice Group & Jeff Nichols, Co-Chair of […]