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M&A Webinar
October 2022

Topic: Understanding the Essentials of a Successful M&A Transaction HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH WEBINAR October 12, 2022 Jay Jacquin, Managing Director at Configure, joined Austin Maloney and […]

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ESG in Aerospace & Defense Lending

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) has become an increasingly significant influence on investment decisions for both equity and debt investors in private markets.  The term “ESG” can be applied to a host of wide-ranging considerations – inclusion, environmental impact, and workforce/labor relations to name a few.

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Financing Webinar
May 2022

Topic: Negotiating Loan Commitment Letters for Acquisition Financings Under Increasing Sell Side Timelines and Competitive Pressure HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH WEBINAR May 25, 2022 Jamie Hadfield, […]

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BSL Backstopping to Increase Certainty and Optimize Execution

One of the more significant changes for private equity sponsors in the upper middle market has been the rapid increase of lending funds capable of providing credit at a scale that rivals the lower end of the broadly syndicated loan (“BSL”), or Term Loan B, market.  Traditionally, sponsors and borrowers look to the BSL markets when a facility reached the $200-300mm level. 

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SPACs Under Stress

While 2021 inflicted market discipline and valuation contraction upon SPACs, 2022 is set to bring further challenges. Degrading unit economics on account of rising labor and input costs combined with rising interest rates will pressure many companies both “above and below the line.”

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COVID-19 Addbacks

With signs that the COVID-19 pandemic may be in the rear-view, private equity sponsors and lenders have shifted focus to underwriting new transactions. The 4Q of 2020 was one of the busiest on record for new sponsor acquisitions, but many of the sponsor acquisitions involved companies that were not materially negatively impacted by COVID-19. The question of COVID-19 adjustments to underwriteable EBITDA was less critical. Now that many of the new acquisitions involve targets that were significantly impaired by COVID-19, adjustments to financial performance in new loans have become more important.

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) Part 1

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have been the center of the capital markets stage, and with good reason. Private equity firms, hedge funds, and other financial institutions are looking to SPACs as a flexible and efficient way to acquire companies. On the other side of the equation, target companies see SPACs as a simpler path to the public market, with enhanced valuation certainty.

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Portability in Sponsor-Backed Acquisition Finance

Capital structure “portability” provisions, which allow a borrower’s loans to remain outstanding despite a change of control event, may be coming to the middle market in 2021. The acquisition finance landscape post-COVID has been marked by intense competition – perhaps more intense than pre-COVID. As negotiating leverage has tipped in favor of private equity sponsors, more lenders are giving up their rights to have loans automatically repaid if the borrower is acquired.

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Debt Covenants Post-COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to interrupt everyday life across the globe, lenders have been feeling the impact on their borrowers. After a long benign credit cycle, many lenders saw a significant uptick in covenant breaches, waiver requests, and defaults on deals originated pre-COVID.

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