European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2014

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Welcome to DLA Piper’s European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2014. This report, now in its fifth year, presents detailed results of a survey of more than 250 debt providers, advisers, sponsors and corporates active in the European acquisition finance debt market. It also includes extracts from interviews with numerous senior dealmakers.

2013 was a busy year, with a surge of refinancing activity leading to an increase of more than 25 per cent in deal volume, according to Dealogic. In fact, the quantum of refinancings was so significant that, for the first time in many years, the number of refinancing transactions exceeded primary deals.

The majority of survey respondents expect deal activity in 2014 to increase for a second consecutive year. However, this will need to be underpinned by the high level of refinancing activity in 2013 being maintained and an uptick in new money deals as the eurozone continues to recover…

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