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NEW YORK, December 3, 2015 – One of the enduring fictions about middle market loans relates to their tradability. Smaller loans, the theory goes, are priced at a premium because there are fewer ready buyers. Unlike their broadly syndicated cousins, loans below $250 million have no effective secondary market. That’s the idea, anyway.
NEW YORK, November 5, 2015 – These days it’s popular sport at loan conferences to kick the mezzanine asset class. After the credit crisis, when some investors in subordinated debt took a licking, the common question heard among market players was: “Is mezz dead?” Today the refrain is: “Is mezz still dead?” And yet, in conversations with practitioners, it seems mezz is alive and well.
NEW YORK, October 8, 2015 – When your correspondent began distributing middle market loans (in the waning days of the Reagan administration), the concept was considered novel. Back then money-centre banks underwrote and syndicated mainly large corporate loans to other relationship banks. Smaller deals were mostly self-arranged, club affairs among regional banks and finance companies.
NEW YORK, August 6, 2015 – It’s a perennial source of angst for loan buyers that target private equity-backed companies: how do you analyse transactions that finance a distribution to the sponsor by taking invested cash out of the company?