Crisis Talk – with Allison Salas, director, DWS Investment Management

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By Max Adams
09 Jun 2020

The months since the coronavirus outbreak have been a difficult period for the CLO market, as waves of loan downgrades and corporate bankruptcies create a turbulent environment for mangers to steer their deals through. Since March, the CLO space has seen various strategies employed by both managers and investors to mitigate the effects of the crisis. The pandemic has been a period of distress, but could also be a chance for players in the market to differentiate themselves and stand out, according to Allison Salas, CLO research analyst at DWS Investment Management. Salas spoke with GlobalCapital’s Max Adams on the evolution of CLO documentation, manager strategies and the implications of the Covid-19 outbreak for Libor transition.

What kinds of changes to CLO documentation and language have you observed since the outbreak? How are managers trying to give themselves added flexibility in a difficult period?

Even before this pandemic, idiosyncratic risk was increasing in portfolios of leveraged loans. Situations, like the Acosta bankruptcy, brought to ...

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