Heat builds in US middle market as regulators loosen restraints

Billions of dollars are flowing into direct lending funds targeting US corporate loans to small and medium sized companies, despite signs of weakening underwriting. Unshackling leverage constraints on business development companies and reopening the CLO market to them after a two year absence may further overheat the market, say critics.

  • By David Bell
  • 13 Sep 2018

White Oak became the latest in a long list of US credit firms to raise money to put to work in US middle market corporate credit this week.

On Wednesday, the firm said it had raised $2.1bn to invest in directly originated private term loans, as well as ...

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 BNP Paribas 18,968.83 86 7.95%
2 JPMorgan 15,664.24 51 6.57%
3 Deutsche Bank 14,910.43 52 6.25%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 13,287.71 61 5.57%
5 Goldman Sachs 12,810.07 57 5.37%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

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1 Goldman Sachs 5,404.19 42 7.80%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 7.10%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,345.09 43 6.27%
4 JPMorgan 3,950.54 44 5.70%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.42%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

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1 JPMorgan 20,123.74 153 10.19%
2 Goldman Sachs 15,830.49 107 8.01%
3 Credit Suisse 13,512.61 96 6.84%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,267.41 122 6.72%
5 Citi 13,132.03 109 6.65%