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Lender News

Following IPO, Fifth Street Plans to Expand Business Lines, Open Tokyo Office


FSAM went public with an amended offering on Oct. 30

Interest Rates Will Rise, But Alternative Lenders Will Rule


“Interest rates are going to start creeping up in 2015," says Neil Wessan, managing director at CIT Capital Markets

Distressed Debt Investment Opportunities Are Expected to Rise


An increase in interest rates would likely cause companies to struggle, creating an opening for distressed debt investors

Mezzanine Lenders Look to Asia Pacific


While there's some pressure on pricing, there is plenty of opportunity, says Nadim Malik of Sutton Place Strategies

Lee Equity Adds LDM to PDR, Creates Health Care Communications Network


Health care-focused lender and Lee Equity portfolio company MidCap provided a loan to help fund the deal

Yukon Partners Closes $400M Mezz Fund


The firm provides loans to PE-backed middle market companies

Franklin Square Invests $300M in NewStar Financial


The deal should allow the lender to originate more loans

Bregal Sagemount Upsized Fund to $650M to Provide Debt


The New York private equity firm will now be able to provide credit options to companies, says managing partner Gene Yoon

Finance Finesse:
Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit


A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman

Fifth Street Scraps U.S. IPO, Citing Volatile Market


The S&P 500 fell 3 percent in the days after Fifth Street, founded by Leonard Tannenbaum, set the terms for a public debut on Oct. 9

Fifth Street CEO Leonard Tannenbaum Set to Become One of World's Youngest Billionaires on Initial Public Offering


Tannenbaum founded Fifth Street, which Mergers & Acquisitions named Lender of the Year for 2013

Cowen Launches New Direct Lending Unit


Cowen Group will invest $125M initially to support Cowen Finance

Former Madison Capital Execs Trevor Clark and Chris Williams Join Angelo Gordon to Launch Direct Lending Group


Clark Served as CEO of Madison Capital When It Won Mergers & Acquisitions’ Lender of the Year Award for 2012

Lenders Line Up Loan Options


More private equity firms are opting for less-traditional yield products as lenders get creative, says NXT Capital's Heath Fuller

Pine Brook Invests $110M in Strategic Funding


Strategic Funding, led by CEO Andrew Reiser, provides loans to small and mid-size companies

3i-Backed Element Materials Closes Cov-Lite Refinancing


Covenant-lite loans have made a resurgence as lenders are forced to slash terms to compete for deals

More BDCs Mean More Competition for Loans


Monroe Capital’s Aaron Peck and others explore the opportunities and challenges of BDCs at AM&AA's Summer Conference

Bain Capital Unit Buys $1.3B Loan Portfolio from J.P. Morgan Group


The buyer invests in leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed and stressed debt, mezz debt and structured products and equities

John Thain’s CIT Agrees to Acquire OneWest Bank for $3.4B


The former Merrill Lynch chair — hired by CIT to lead a turnaround in 2009 — now has about $2 billion in excess capital, exceeding what regulators say is needed to cushion against potential losses

Lenders Show Love for Packaging


Packaging acquisitions are generally attractive to investors, according to Quad-C partner Frank Winslow

American Apparel Is Said to Strike Rescue Deal With Investor


The financing deal gives a lifeline to the unprofitable retailer after the ouster of founder Dov Charney

CIT Grabs Lender Direct Capital


The deal follows lender acquisitions by Moody's and Ares

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