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  • Allotments out for LK Tech's HK$500m financing

    Hong Kong-listed LK Technology Holdings has divvied up its latest borrowing among 14 lenders.

    • 28 Feb 2018
  • Ardian’s Assystem adds SQS in M&A rich mart

    Assystem Technologies, a French engineering specialist owned by Ardian, is launching an add-on to its term loans to fund its purchase of German peer SQS Software Quality Systems, as merger and acquisition deals gain share in the leveraged loan market.

    • 26 Feb 2018
  • Indo auto financers target $300m from loans

    Two Indonesian finance companies that serve customers in the automobile sector have launched deals in quick succession.

    • 26 Feb 2018
  • Tata Steel loan shrinks to $1.7bn after successful bond

    India's Tata Steel, which mandated a group of 21 lenders in January for a new loan, has shrunk the size of the fundraising following a blowout bond issuance.

    • 23 Feb 2018
  • VPBank Finance’s $200m borrowing opens in general

    VPBank Finance is tapping international loan market liquidity for an up to $200m three year facility, which has two lenders at the helm.

    • 21 Feb 2018
  • Milbank hires two levfin lawyers from Shearman & Sterling

    As Europe’s leveraged finance markets return to growth, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has added Apostolos Gkoutzinis and Rebecca Marques as partners to its leveraged finance and capital markets team.

    • 20 Feb 2018
  • Astorg's SGG seeks debt to buy First Names as levloans swell

    SGG Group, the corporate and investor services firm based in Luxembourg and owned by Astorg, will fund its acquisition of UK peer First Names in the leveraged loan market, which has already enjoyed its busiest January ever in EMEA.

    • 20 Feb 2018
  • Time for Asian loans to shine

    The Asian loan market has had to battle a tough few years, with record volumes in 2014 tailed by four straight annual declines. But loans bankers in the region have a feeling their time may have come.

    • 20 Feb 2018
  • Itiviti targets hot lev loan market with second lien

    In stark contrast with a mute high yield bond market, leveraged loan investors were expecting more than €5bn of new deals on Monday, including a $725m-equivalent deal from Swedish trade technology provider Itiviti, which includes a triple-C rated second lien.

    • 19 Feb 2018
  • HY investors lead pushback, but momentum evasive

    Investors in Europe’s leveraged finance markets have started to fight for better pricing and deal terms. But a lack of supply is playing in borrowers' favour.

    • 15 Feb 2018
  • Unilever Spreads’ €7bn LBO ready for ‘wobbly markets’

    Bookrunners will start marketing the financing for KKR’s buyout of Unilever’s spread business as soon as next week, with the European high yield bond and the leveraged loan market both braced for supply.

    • 14 Feb 2018
  • American Greetings bags financing for CD&R takeover

    Greetings card company American Greetings, which owns brands such as Papyrus and Carlton Cards, has obtained financing from a consortium of banks to finance Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s acquisition of a 60% stake in the privately owned firm.

    • 13 Feb 2018
  • 3i aims to replicate Refresco success with Royal Sanders acquisition

    Sources have said 3i plans to follow a buy-and-build approach with the newly acquired Royal Sanders, the Anglo-Dutch personal care product manufacturer. The strategy would mirror its successful expansion of drinks bottling company Refresco, which sparked a bounty of deals in the high yield and leveraged loan markets.

    • 13 Feb 2018
  • Lenovo plugs in for $1bn new money borrowing

    Chinese smartphone and laptop maker Lenovo Group has approached lenders in the offshore loan market for a $1bn fundraising.

    • 13 Feb 2018
  • Euro lev loans ignore US volatility with run of leveraged buyouts

    Europe’s speculative grade debt markets began cautiously weighing the impact of a recent surge of US-driven volatility this week. While high yield issuers remain circumspect, leveraged loan borrowers led by French calibration specialist Trescal are charging on, confident that investor demand remains strong.

    • 12 Feb 2018
  • US CLO industry wins risk retention exemption

    In a big vote of confidence in the CLO product, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that CLO managers should be exempt from risk retention requirements, vindicating the arguments put forward by the Loan Syndications and Trading Association against federal regulatory agencies.

    • 09 Feb 2018
  • Golden Eagle hunts for $500m facility with five

    Chinese department store operator Golden Eagle International Trading is back in the overseas loan market after a gap of three years for a $500m financing.

    • 09 Feb 2018
  • Norway's Hurtigruten sails through €660m loan

    Hurtigruten, the Norwegian cruise operator owned by TDR Capital, has agreed on final pricing on a €660m leveraged loan facility, raising enough debt to repay all its high yield bonds.

    • 08 Feb 2018
  • Mezz gains popularity amid rising valuations

    Leverage finance bankers are bracing themselves for a rise in mezzanine financing in Asia, buoyed by talk that part of the HK$32bn loan to back a record-breaking Hong Kong property deal will be financed with junior debt.

    • 08 Feb 2018
  • GlobalCapital Loan Awards 2017: the full results

    GlobalCapital revealed the winners of its 2017 Loan Awards at its annual Loans and Leveraged Finance Awards Dinner at Gibson Hall in London on February 7. The full results are below: GlobalCapital congratulates all the winners and nominees.

    • 07 Feb 2018
  • EG Group fills up for Kroger purchase

    A group of five banks has agreed to underwrite UK garages company EG Group’s $2.15bn purchase of US firm Kroger’s convenience store business, after the equity market wobbles this week failed to put a dent in the year’s M&A extravaganza.

    • 07 Feb 2018
  • European levfin on hold amid own bouts of risk aversion

    Global stock markets have been hit with volatility in recent trading sessions, but European primary leveraged finance markets had already slowed down as investor pressure grew around Algeco’s €1.4bn deal and UK retailer New Look’s performance.

    • 06 Feb 2018
  • Citi plonks recent hire on to HY trading throne

    Citi’s has named a recent hire from HSBC as its new EMEA head of high yield trading, three months after the dealer joined the firm. It follows recent new hires of two salesmen for Citi’s high yield team.

    • 06 Feb 2018
  • Terms emerge for Indorent’s $100m syndicated loan

    Pricing details are out for a $100m facility for car rental service provider CSM Corporatama, better known as Indorent.

    • 05 Feb 2018
  • Indorent revs up $100m syndicated loan

    Car rental service provider CSM Corporatama, better known as Indorent, has reached out to lenders for a $100m syndicated loan, said bankers who received a preliminary email asking them to attend a roadshow.

    • 02 Feb 2018
  • Blackstone breathes life into PE big buys

    Blackstone announced its biggest acquisition for a decade this week, as it swooped on Thomson Reuters' data business for an enterprise value of $20bn. That left financiers waiting to see if it kick-starts a new round of big leveraged buyouts (LBOs) among private equity firms sitting on mountains of uninvested cash. Michael Turner and Victor Jimenez report.

    • 01 Feb 2018
  • Deriv, cap market groups join forces on Libor

    Trade associations representing derivatives and capital markets have published a road map that they hope will lay the path to a smooth transition away from “ibor” interest rate benchmarks.

    • 01 Feb 2018
  • Barclays cuts hit EMEA levfin head, ECM vice-chair, other senior bankers

    The round of redundancies at Barclays Investment Bank has hit more senior figures, including the head of EMEA leveraged finance, a vice-chairman in ECM, the COO of EMEA banking, as well as other managing directors across the origination businesses.

    • 01 Feb 2018