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LPC Law Notes Debt Finance Notes

Loan Provisions Notes

Updated Loan Provisions Notes

Debt Finance Notes

Debt Finance

Approximately 80 pages

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LOAN PROVISIONS

1. Purpose and illegality

  • Usual for purpose clause to state that funds must be used “towards the borrower’s working capital requirements”, with lender relying on specific representations and undertakings to exercise control

  • Subsequent illegality of an initially lawful agreement is usually dealt with as a mandatory prepayment event

2. Facility

  • Drawdown and demand: In general, a term loan can be drawn down during a relatively short period of time after the loan agreement is signed (‘Availability Period’) – under a RCF, the Availability Period will be the entire term of the loan. Loan may be available in different tranches.

  • Lenders’ obligation to lend [syndicated loans only]: Each lender’s obligation to lend under a syndicated loan is several, not joint – syndicate members are responsible for their commitment only.

3. Conditions Precedent

  • The borrower must fulfill these conditions before a lender is obliged to lend [see above].

    • CPs to the first utilization [generally documentary in nature]

    • CPs to each subsequent utilization [representations made on the original signing date are true and correct and no actual or potential EoD outstanding – drawstop.]

  • CPs intended to ensure that all legal matters are in order and that a lender is not obliged to lend if the borrower has become a greater credit risk

  • Common CPs:

    • Constitutional documents (articles of association, memorandum of association, SH agreements)

    • Legal opinions

    • Insurance policies [in place]

    • Security documents (Share charges, debentures, Guarantees)

    • Financial information and auditors’ reports (financial projections may be appropriate where company has no financial history)

    • Licenses/consents

    • Board resolutions/corporate authorisations (board resolutions and minutes authorizing transaction, specimen signatures of signatories)

    • Property-specific CPs (e.g. valuation report, report on title)

  • Lender’s perspective:

    • CPs protect the lender and reduce its risk

  • Borrower’s perspective:

    • Borrower needs to exercise caution when agreeing to CP and ensure that it is able to fulfill the CPs before drawdown

      • Time limits feasible?

      • Who decides if CPs are met? ‘Reasonable’ satisfaction of agent

      • Who can fulfill the CP? Ensure that third parties will deliver CPs on time

  • *In the exam, think about the transaction structure and any issues arising from due diligence. What CPs will be appropriate in the particular circumstances?

4. Interest

  • Floating rate (most common)/fixed rate/variable rate

  • Default rate of interest: a specific rate which aims to protect lenders against late/non-payment of interest or capital [which is also an EoD] – borrower has become a higher credit risk

  • Interest periods: Interest is recalculated on a regular basis, by reference to interest periods. The borrower selects the interval at which it wishes to pay interest, and the lender will fund the loan on the interbank market to match whatever Interest Period the borrower has chosen.

5. Fees

  • Commitment fee: Reflects the cost to the lenders of having set aside money to lend during the Availability Period [based on committed but undrawn amounts]

  • Arrangement fee and participation fee: Arrangement fee will be kept confidential from syndicate members; arranger can decide how much of the fee to share with the other lenders

  • Agent’s fee: Paid to the agent for administrative services [again, will be set out in a separate fee letter]

  • Underwriting fee

6. Withholding tax and tax gross up

  • Lenders are liable for corporation tax on interest it receives. Borrowers are required to withhold tax (deduct at source) – i.e. collect the tax on HMRC’s behalf. This mean that the lender will receive less interest if withholding tax is payable.

  • **Any borrower paying interest to a UK bank within the scope of corporation tax will not have to withhold tax and can pay interest to that bank gross. Borrowers paying interest to a lender in a jurisdiction which has a double tax treaty with the UK would also be exempt from withholding tax.

    • See definition of “Qualifying Lender”

  • Tax gross-up clauses ensure that if withholding tax is deducted at source, the lender will receive whatever sum of interest it would have received if the deduction had not been made.

    • Contractual protection against a change in the law, or the involvement of an overseas lender [which is in a jurisdiction with no double tax treaty] – if a change in tax law takes place, a gross-up clause provides that the borrower must gross-up their payment so that the lender receives an amount equal to the original sum due

    • Standard for the borrower to take the risk of a change in law

  • Protections for the borrower:

    • Tax credit: Entitlement to the additional amount paid if lender receives an equivalent amount in the form of a tax credit

    • Right to prepay: Right to prepay the affected lender if withholding tax would be required to be paid in respect of that lender

    • Gross-up only applies on change in law: Specific circumstances where loans are transferred where the tax gross-up clause will not be triggered

      • Only has to gross up [under the LMA] if there is a change in law whereby the lender ceases to be a Qualifying Lender. So for example if the loan was transferred to a Lender who is not a Qualifying Lender, the Borrower would have to withhold tax but would not have to gross-up as the Lender not being a Qualifying Lender was not due to a change in law.

7. Increased costs

  • If legislation increases the lender’s underlying costs [e.g. capital adequacy costs, liquidity requirements, bank reserve requirements], the borrower will compensate the lender, excluding:

    • Changes in tax law

    • Something caused by the lender’s own breach of the arrangement

    • Where the additional charge is already passed on to the borrower [mandatory costs]

  • However, Lenders may face problems in allocating an increased cost imposed on it to individual loans.

  • Protections for the borrower are the same as those under the tax gross-up clause.

8. Representations...

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