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Alternative Financing is Here to Stay

Financial institutions regularly evolve in their effort to stay relevant while Corporate Treasuries seek alternatives to traditional funding sources. These dynamics create a healthy European financing landscape. Traditionally split between 70 percent bank loans and 30 percent public bonds, alternative financing now enjoys increasing market share. Illustrating its rising popularity, 2018 saw 9% year on year growth for direct lending in the European leveraged finance market alone.

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IBOR reform in the euro area – progress in an ocean of uncertainty

To respond to the concerns about the reliability and robustness of the IBOR benchmarks, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recommended the development of an alternative (nearly) risk-free reference rate (RFR) in its report in July 2014.

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Incubating innovation

Thanks to exponential technological developments, the world is becoming increasingly connected and accessible, in the broadest sense of the word. This is why running nearly any type of business has become more complex and requires a deeper expertise than ever before. Irrespective of its core business, companies need more expertise in the areas of finance, legal, tax, marketing, IT, as well as treasury and risk. This is all the more reason for Zanders to continuously develop new innovative services and solutions with which we can lend companies a helping hand.

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Challenges with the replacement of IBOR benchmark interest rates

Benchmark interest rates are an essential part of financial markets. These interest rates are used for numerous financial products, such as bonds, loans and derivatives, and in the construction of discount curves. This has applications in fair value calculations, hedge strategies, sensitivity analysis, treasury and risk management systems, and much more.

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Raising the bar for debt advisory

To reflect the changing requirements of our clients, we have redefined our debt advisory service offering and established a dedicated team of consultants to secure the benefits of the currently strong financing conditions for our clients in the long run.

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