Syndicated loans; Australia; Asset-backed Eurobonds; MTNs; Germany
Edited by Peter Lee
Several bankers nearly didn't make it, wrong-footed by the last-minute change of venue needed to accommodate all those wanting to attend. Lenders' meetings in this market are normally mundane affairs, but a surprisingly large number of senior bankers decided to see for themselves a presentation that promised to be eventful.
Two weeks earlier, a cry of dismay had risen from the loan market, when first-time borrower KPN made the unusual choice of Goldman Sachs - not recognized as a top arranger of syndicated loans for European corporations - to lead the jumbo Fl2.25 billion takeover financing to support its agreed acquisition of Australia-based TNT.
KPN's decision to award a sole mandate to the US investment bank would by itself have caused commercial bankers' emotions to run high.