Private equity sponsors wary of cheaper loans

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European private equity sponsors claim banks are trying to gain greater control over the allocation of leveraged and mezzanine loans by offering sponsors the prospect of lower borrowing rates. Market participants speculate that the reason is so that banks can reward hedge funds, frequently among their most profitable clients, with a larger slice of the deals.

As Marc Boughton, a partner at CVC Capital Partners, says: “Arranging banks are beginning to offer differential pricing depending upon the

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