Operations

This section of our University provides members with operational advice, guidance, and assistance on the rules and regulations around how the trading process should occur. Drawing on our expertise in operations, documentation, and data-driven analytics, we identify best practices for MEIs, CUSIPs, FpML, and more.

Level 1

LSTA University Level 1
  • 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) creating a Post Funding Trade.

  • Glossary of Terms

    Glossary of Terms relating to Delayed Compensation for Primary Allocations, Early Day Trades and Post Funding Trades

  • CUSIP Guidelines

    CUSIP numbers uniquely identify financial instruments in the United States and Canadian financial markets. The CUSIP number consists of 9 alphanumeric characters. It is issued by CUSIP Global Services (CGS) which is operated by Standard & Poor’s under license from the American Bankers Association. CUSIP numbers identify a wide variety of financial instruments including, without limitation, stocks, bonds, commodities and syndicated loans. CUSIPs are REQUIRED in order to utilize: LoanServ Position Reconciliation Platform Markit Clear Trade Matching Platform Loan/SERV – Cash on Transfer FpML Messaging

Level 2

LSTA University Level 2

Level 3

LSTA University Level 3
  • MEI Guidelines

    A Markit Entity Identifier (“MEI”) is a unique code issued to uniquely identify legal entities in the loan market, including, without limitation, banks, buy-side institutions, custodians, trustees and corporate borrowers. The MEI is a required element to enable transmission of information across processing and communication platforms including agency, settlement, front, middle and back-office systems.

  • Secondary Delayed Compensation - Early Day Trades

    The LSTA has developed this flowchart to illustrate how Secondary Delayed Compensation on Early Day Trades is to be applied on a step-by-step basis.

  • Secondary Delayed Compensation - Post Funding Trades

    The LSTA has developed this flowchart to illustrate how Secondary Delayed Compensation on Post Funding Trades is to be applied on a step-by-step basis.

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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.