Core Curriculum

Foundational resources that cut across job functions that all market participants should know

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Level 1

LSTA University Level 1
  • Settling a Loan Trade Video

    This video presented by Tess Virmani, SVP & Associate General Counsel, offers a high-level overview of the documents used to settle a loan trade.

  • Green Loan Principles

    The Green Bond Principles are internationally recognized voluntary issuance guidelines that promote transparency, disclosure and reporting in the green bond market.

  • LSTA Glossary of Terms

    We hope that this glossary helps our members and industry participants to better learn and understand the acronyms, terms, and buzzwords that we often take for granted that everyone understands

  • Sustainability Linked Loan Principles (SLLP)

    This voluntary framework represents the next step in collaborating to develop global standards for sustainable lending.

Level 2

LSTA University Level 2
  • Hot Topics in the US Loan Market

    Hot Topics in the US Loan Market, including regulatory challenges resulting from new European data privacy rules and regulations, the Leveraged Lending Guidance, blockchain technology and green loans by Bridget Marsh, Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel.

  • Intro to the Market & Mechanics of Syndicated Loans

    Syndicated Loans: The Market and the Mechanics, a primer created for the Loan Market participant.

  • An Overview of the Syndicated Loan Market

    Article written by Bridget Marsh & Tess Virmani for The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2019

Level 3

LSTA University Level 3

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LSTA Newsletter – February 14, 2020

This week, we start off talking about how “loans as securities” might morph into “loans as direct loans”. On a related(ish) note, we also discuss direct lending trends. We dig into LBO trends, looking at now (2019) and then (2007). And, finally, we ponder the evolution to SOFR (and, specifically, cash spread adjustments).

LBOs: Less Leverage? More Flex!

An eternal question is “How do the current crop of leveraged loans compare to the 2007 vintage?” Today we have an answer. Covenant Review recently compared recent jumbo LBOs to their pre-crisis counterparts

Quarterly Bankruptcy Roundup

This week Rich Levin of Jenner & Block once again presented his quarterly review of recent court decisions of interest and importance to the lending and bankruptcy world.

LIBOR & SOFR: Spread Adjustments

Folks that know LIBOR is likely to end soon after December 2021 probably also know that SOFR, the likely replacement for USD loans, is a different kind of rate. While LIBOR theoretically includes an element of bank credit risk, SOFR is an overnight risk free rate.

Direct Loans: A Look Into The Future?

We’ve been closely following a case, Kirschner v. JP Morgan, which raises the issue of whether broadly syndicated term loans (“BSLs”) are subject to the securities laws.