Lincoln International Hires Business Services MD

Lincoln International has hired Peter Stack as a managing director in its business services group, where he will lead the firm’s marketing services practice. Based in Chicago, Stack joins the firm from BMO Capital Markets where he was a managing director in the business services & media investment banking coverage group, specifically focused on advertising […]

Mezzanine Gets Another Chance To Shine

For the last 18 months, we’ve been extolling the virtues of unitranche debt. This structure has gained substantial popularity over the last few years as an ideal replacement for the cash flow senior debt that banks and CLOs no longer supplied as eagerly to the middle market following the 2008 credit crisis. With the ability […]

Ron Kahn: Does the Stock Market Really Affect Debt Valuations?

The stock market has seen incredible volatility during the last several months, and, unfortunately, the overall trend has been downward. But does a decrease in equity values affect the valuations of illiquid debt securities? The answer is yes. And why do we even care? Because many middle market lending institutions like BDCs, hedge funds, credit […]

Please Don’t Freeze in August

It’s only August. We should all be out enjoying the hot summer weather. Yet winter may be coming early this year as we see signs of a freeze upon us. Of course, I’m not talking about the weather, but financings for middle market companies—particularly those thousands of companies that make up the back bone of […]

Ron Kahn: Options Abound!

Here we go again – the lenders are out in full force, aggressively marketing to borrowers and eager to deploy capital. It wasn’t that long ago when we dreamed that these days would return and now they are upon us. Interestingly, with the advent of unitranche debt and the increasing number of hedge funds and […]

Audax Strikes Elgin Deal

Boston-based private equity firm Audax Group completed its buy of the Elgin Equipment Group, an Illinois-based maker of material processing parts for coal, oil and gas applications. Specifics on the deal were not publicized. Lincoln International advised Elgin. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as counsel to Audax Group. GE Antares Capital, Madison Capital Funding, and BMO Capital Markets led the senior debt financing and PNC Mezzanine led the subordinated debt financing to support the transaction.

Ronald Kahn: Is Unitranche Still a Unitranche?

We’ve always been a big proponent of unitranche debt. With senior cash flow debt still difficult to come by, unitranche facilities have proven to be a very attractive alternative financing technique. We’ve been pleased by the larger hold sizes of unitranche providers compared to senior debt providers. Fewer parties in the capital structure often results […]

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