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Increasing volumes in the European leveraged loan market

Debt markets update

The new-issue volume of leveraged loans in Europe almost reached €80 billion in 2014, the highest level in seven years and an increase of 17% compared to 2013. Leveraged loans are loans provided to companies that, usually, already have considerable amounts of debt and they are generally associated with mergers and acquisitions as they provide the extra cash needed to facilitate a deal. 

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Joining forces to develop a pan-European private placement market

Debt Markets Update

There is little doubt that alternative finance continues to be a very hot topic. While small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and unrated borrowers continue to require credit, there is also evidence of increased liquidity from a new breed of alternative investors (particularly insurance companies and pension funds). Over the years the US private placement [USPP] market, which raises about $50 billion a year, has evolved to become an excellent source of alternative funding for European mid-sized corporates, particularly following the financial crisis. Although this is a positive development, the common perception among financial market players is that further development of a European private placement [PP] market is necessary.

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Investment grade corporates, use your refinancing window!

The effects of the credit crisis on corporate funding options have often been discussed. The general message is that it has become much more difficult for companies to attract bank financing since the start of the crisis in 2008. This is mainly due to worldwide deleveraging by banks, fueled by new regulations such as Basel III. However, these developments have also created an interesting opportunity for European investment grade corporates.

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Zanders strengthens its Debt Advisory Services

In this quarterly update on our Debt Advisory Services, we share our thoughts and views on current trends and developments in the funding market, and give you an update on our services.  

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Effective interest-rate risk management policy for corporates

When it comes to interest-rate risk management, it is quite common for corporates to have a rather static interest-rate risk policy in place which dictates, for example, fixing the interest rate for a pre-specified percentage of their (future) funding needs, without any fundamental reasons. So how can corporates improve their interest-rate risk management policy?

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