Wachtell Lipton on Acquisition Financing: the Year Behind and the Year Ahead

Following a robust 2012, the financing markets in 2013 continued their hot streak. Syndicated loan issuances topped $2.1 trillion, a new record in the United States. However, as in 2012, financing transactions in the early part of 2013 were devoted mostly to refinancings and debt maturity extensions rather than acquisitions.  In fact, new money debt issuances were at record lows during the first half of 2013.  The second half of 2013, though, saw an increase in M&A activity generally, and acquisition financing in the fourth quarter and early 2014 increased as a result.
Investment Grade Acquirors

Debt markets have been … Read more