Investment-grade loses G4S, leverage stuck with ISS

The European loan market lost its largest M&A deal of the year after UK security firm G4S pulled out of its bid for Danish services company ISS. Deutsche Bank, HSBC and RBS had underwritten €4.1bn of euro loans and £1.33bn of sterling to support the acquisition.

  • 01 Nov 2011

“It is always a shame when a big deal like that doesn’t happen, especially because syndication was going very well,” said a loans banker close to the transaction. “But we just move on to the next deal — that’s what M&A is about.”

G4S’s decision, after some shareholders publicly ...

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