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  • Techem adds bonds to refi package

    Techem has now added a €600m high yield bond to the planned repricing of its €2.3bn term loan B, in a sign that bonds are now the more competitive product for some issuers, especially those at the top end of the market.

    • 01.00 PM
  • Intu preps rescue rights issue but needs a long-term plan

    Intu, the British real estate and investment trust focused on shopping centres, has confirmed it will be tapping its shareholders for equity capital in February, but sources say the company needs to outline its vision for its future, given the headwinds buffeting the UK retail sector.

    • 12.00 PM
  • Techcombank readies new $300m loan

    Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank) has mandated five banks for a $300m loan.

    • 07.15 AM
  • Trans Retail, Sritex mandate banks for loan return

    Trans Retail Indonesia, previously known as Carrefour Indonesia, and textile firm Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex) have both mandated banks for new loans.

    • 04.45 AM
  • Kawohl heads to HIG for distressed debt

    Bayside Capital, the branch of private equity firm HIG Capital that invests in special situations and distressed debt, has appointed Florian Kawohl as a managing director.

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • Cobham take-private debt starts syndication

    Loans backing Advent’s takeover of UK defence contractor Cobham, which received government approval over Christmas, have started general syndication, bringing welcome new money loans with a margins on the right side of 400bp.

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • Alvarez & Marsal expands into debt advisory

    Tim Metzgen is leading a new European debt advisory franchise at Alvarez & Marsal.

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • HSBC names head for illiquid credit syndicate unit

    HSBC has appointed Vinay Raj as head of illiquid credit syndicate, a new structure within the firm's global syndicate operations focused on distributing structured finance, infrastructure, real estate and distressed debt.

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • Nomura hires Acaia to cover consumer and retail sectors

    Marco Acaia has joined Nomura as a managing director in the consumer and retail coverage team.

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • The power of making a fuss

    As head of BlackRock, the largest asset manager, Larry Fink’s pivot to responsible investing in recent years has been influential.

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • BNPP and Deutsche prep secondary buyout loan for Armacell

    BNP Paribas and Deutsche Bank are marketing a €710m term loan 'B' to fund the secondary buyout of Armacell by PAI Partners, announced just before Christmas. This will be the insulation company’s fifth LBO, so it is well known to lenders, who ought to support the new deal despite a downgrade last year.

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • Loan repricing accelerates but can CLOs keep up?

    Some of the largest issuers in the leveraged finance universe are repricing their loans, cutting 50bp or more from their margins on the back of strong market conditions and proven performance since the loans were raised. That is putting pressure on CLO managers and equity holders, whose liabilities are tightening too, but more slowly, blocking repricing of the bonds and squeezing returns, write Owen Sanderson and Tom Brown.

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • Palmieri shakes up corp finance at SG

    Société Générale has redoubled its commitment to equity capital markets under a new structure designed to ensure it remains a force in investment banking when consolidation comes, writes David Rothnie.

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • Pan Brothers ready to navigate Duniatex woes for new loan

    Indonesian apparel supplier Pan Brothers is in talks with banks for a new dollar loan, as it prepares to return to the market for the first time since 2018. However, syndication may be a challenge, as lenders are still reeling from the default of a subsidiary of textile firm Duniatex last year, writes Pan Yue.

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • Nouryon, Fluidra continue repricing trend in leveraged loans

    Dutch chemicals giant Nouryon is attempting an elephantine repricing of a €5.6bn loan. Nouryon is following Spanish Fluidra, a pool manufacturer, which announced a €300m repricing on Tuesday, and UK-based data company Refinitiv, which set a more favourable price for its €2.33bn loan last week.

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • Corporate primary faces test in secondary spread behaviour

    European corporate bond specialists are keeping an eagle-like watch on how well new issues trade in the immediate aftermarket. Any widening could kick off a trend towards higher new issue premiums.

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • India’s Birla Carbon, Tata Steel tap banks for loans

    Indian companies Birla Carbon and Tata Steel have mandated banks for loans and both borrowers have signed up large groups of lenders at the top level.

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • Röhm buyout loan returns to syndication

    Advent’s buyout of German chemicals company’s Evonik’s acrylic unit last year is still haunting the leveraged loan market. The banks are relaunching syndication of €977m and $612m of term loan Bs, hoping that investors will find the credit more attractive this time around than when it was first syndicated.

    • 14 Jan 2020
  • Wafer-thin margins for giant Froneri financing

    Froneri, a PAI Partners-backed ice cream company, is syndicating the financing for its acquisition of Nestlé’s US ice cream business, raising €5.7bn-equivalent of first and second lien debt across three currencies.

    • 14 Jan 2020
  • New World China breaks five-year loan hiatus

    New World China Land, the mainland China property business arm of Hong Kong’s New World Development Co, has returned to the offshore loan market after five years for a HK$5bn ($643m) borrowing.

    • 14 Jan 2020
  • ENN Ecological makes debut with $200m loan

    Chinese liquefied natural gas supplier ENN Ecological Holdings Co has made its debut in the offshore loan market through Standard Chartered.

    • 13 Jan 2020
  • Sustainability loans need rating agencies

    The sustainability-linked loan market is a glorious mess.

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • LMA to guide banks on how to avoid greenwashing in sustainable loans

    The loan market’s trade bodies are preparing to give new guidance about how to ensure sustainability-linked loans — in which borrowers can get a margin reduction if they hit sustainability targets — are genuinely “ambitious”. Bankers want to protect the market from rising concerns that some deals’ terms are too easy on the borrowers.

    • 09 Jan 2020
  • RBC looks to profit amid European blues

    RBC Capital Markets is beefing up financial sponsors, aiming to boost its European business during 2020, writes David Rothnie.

    • 09 Jan 2020
  • NatWest Markets joins leveraged loan swap market

    NatWest Markets has started to offer currency swaps on leveraged loans, with its first ‘perfect asset swap’ traded in December. It joins just two other banks regularly offering the product, which is crucial for connecting the sterling leveraged finance market to the deep demand created by euro-based CLO buyers.

    • 09 Jan 2020
  • Barclays takes Oaktree distressed specialist

    Xavier Clement has joined Barclays’ European credit trading business, working under another former Bank of America Merrill Lynch banker.

    • 09 Jan 2020
  • RBC poaches from HSBC for levfin

    RBC Capital Markets has continued the development of its leveraged finance business by hiring Craig Campbell from HSBC.

    • 08 Jan 2020
  • Duration to be tested as high grade corps kick off

    Corporate bond investors in Europe are strapping in for a busy few weeks, though some have redoubled their call for issuers to offer shorter maturity debt.

    • 08 Jan 2020
  • Axis sells down full $100m loan hold of Syndicate Bank

    India’s Syndicate Bank has closed its $100m borrowing, with the lead bank selling the entire amount to three participants.

    • 08 Jan 2020
  • Strong start for leveraged market with mandate rush

    New leveraged loan supply has started strong, despite geopolitical jitters leading to softness in the public markets, and it’s not just play-it-safe refi issues. Cision is marketing dual-currency acquisition debt for Platinum Equity’s takeover of the public relations technology firm, while Global University Systems is prepping a deal of nearly €1bn to fund a dividend. Also in the loan market are Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics and Refinitiv’s euro repricing, while Stena and Ashland have mandated potential bond deals.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Premier Oil prepares $500m capital increase

    Premier Oil has become the first company to announce a major ECM transaction in 2020, a £385m ($500m) capital increase to repay debt and finance the acquisition of two UK North Sea oilfields from BP.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Mittelhamm switches from Barclays to HSBC for M&A

    HSBC Germany has hired Heiko Mittelhamm as head of M&A for Germany and Austria.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Refinitiv plans to cut euro loan pricing

    Refinitiv is repricing its €2.33bn term loan 'B', after Bank of America held a lender call on Tuesday to approve the deal. The financial data company is set to be purchased by the London Stock Exchange Group later this year, but is looking to cut the costs of the debt it took on for its 2018 takeover by Blackstone, GIC and CPPIB. A repricing of its $6.5bn term loan before Christmas shaved 50bp off the margin.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Stena preps term loan 'B' refi

    Swedish shipping and real estate conglomerate Stena AB is looking to refinance its existing term loan ‘B’, with a combination of loans and bonds in dollars and euros, depending on which pockets of demand prove the most fruitful. It meets investors in the US this week and in Stockholm, Oslo and London next week, with JP Morgan arranging the effort.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Indorent closes $175m loan with 13 banks

    Indonesian automobile company CSM Corporatama, also known as Indorent, has wrapped up its syndicated loan at a bigger size of $175m.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Respectable loan volume in 2019 as M&A buoys US market

    Global syndicated lending fell back in 2019 to a level similar to that in 2013-2016, in dollar terms, after two years of higher borrowing including a near-record total in 2018. The volume was the sixth highest ever, and higher than that in any year before 2006.

    • 03 Jan 2020
  • Crédit Agricole’s Loynes takes up new syndicate role

    Damien Loynes has been appointed head of syndicate for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Crédit Agricole.

    • 03 Jan 2020
  • Vingroup attracts 14 banks to $525m loan

    Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup Joint Stock Co and its automobile subsidiary VinFast have exercised part of a greenshoe option on their joint borrowing, boosting the loan size to $525m.

    • 03 Jan 2020
  • VPBank Finance boosts borrowing to $200m

    VPBank Finance Company, the consumer finance arm of Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank, has increased the size of its loan to $200m after seven banks joined during general syndication

    • 02 Jan 2020