Borrowers look to private placements as substitute for bank lending

Going private

Going private: an alternative to bank lending?

An inevitable consequence of the financial crisis was that banks across Europe put up the shutters in terms of loan origination; and not just to smaller and medium-sized companies. Even solid investment grade names, who had got used to banks offering them massive loan facilities at single digit spreads in the heady, pre-crisis days, found that credit lines were either not renewed, or the terms of them had become far less favourable.

The political rhetoric coming from governments for banks to

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