Opportunistic Deals Lead the Leveraged Loan Market to a Strong Start in 2017



March 20, 2017

Author(s): Alexandra Margolis

New York global finance partner Alexandra Margolis contributed this article about her outlook on the leveraged loan market for 2017.

The U.S. leveraged loan market is off to a strong start in 2017, as borrower-friendly conditions fuel a surge of opportunistic transactions. Refinancings and repricings are the primary drivers of issuance in this market, continuing a trend from the fourth quarter of 2016. Rising interest rate expectations have prompted borrowers to return to the loan market for multiple repricings at the fastest pace since 2014. Investors are pouring into the asset class as the Federal Reserve has started raising interest rates and is seen hiking more this year.

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Reproduced with permission from BNA’s Banking Report, 108 BBR 447, 3/20/17. Copyright © 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com

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