Corporate Loan Securitization and Standardization of Finance Covenants

Over the last few years, the corporate loan market has experienced significant growth. Arguably, the most significant development has been the securitization of syndicated loans through Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs). CLOs are special purpose entities that purchase high-yield corporate loans and use the principal and interest payments of these loans as collateral to issue new senior and junior notes (called CLO notes) that are bought by banks and non-bank institutional investors such as hedge funds and insurance firms. The CLO loans and notes are rated by at least two credit rating agencies to reduce information asymmetry between managers and investors. … Read more