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Loan Transfers Notes

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Loan Transfers

Why Transfer:

Risk management (i.e. exposure limits exceeded) - credit committee limits

Capital adequacy - may need to transfer loans to free up capital

Basel III: cushion amount will increase

Does not suit portfolio

Not profitable

Prestige of initial involvement/agency fees

May even be able to make a profit on the sale of a loan

Non-performing - distressed debt

Cut its losses when borrower in difficulty - sell at a discount

Post-closing syndication

E.g. where amount of loan is very large or time available is very short

Small group sign up to the primary syndication with the intention of syndicating further.

Transfer Objectives of existing lender (EL):

Transfer non-payment risk (can just swap the risk from borrower to NL but this may not always be appropriate - e.g when trying to limit exposure in certain country)

Free up capital (ensure EL is actually put in funds)

Obligation to lend further amounts (ensure both benefit AND burden is transferred)

Issues meeting capital adequacy requirements (method of transfer must take the loan off the balance sheet)

Rescheduling risk (negotiating with borrower in financial difficulty - does EL wish to bear this risk or pass it on)

Practical issues

Borrower's consent - is it needed? Will borrower agree?

Relationship - EL may want to remain the borrower's lender of record

Confidentiality - EL has express contract (LMA clause 36) and common law obligations of confidentiality to the borrower.

Borrower's consent may still be needed to release confidential info even if it was not needed for the execution of the transfer.

LMA clause 36.2(b)(i) & (ii) allows disclosure where appropriate in the case of transfers

Benefit of terms - will they pass to NL?

Secured loan - how security is dealt with will differ depending on method

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