Opinions split on potential for mezz to relieve LBO pressure

The largest mezzanine deal of 2011 has provided an unexpected opportunity for lenders to a major European LBO, although high yield bond and leveraged loan players dispute how much potential the previously dormant market might offer the nearly €5bn of further hung bridges seeking refinancing.

  • 19 Aug 2011

Some market participants see the €393.5m Securitas Direct mezz facility as only having been made possible by investor relationships and the desire of the underwriting group for the security firm’s Skr21bn (€2.3bn) LBO by Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman to shed risk quickly.

Most remain sceptical about ...

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