Documents & Guidelines

LMA documentation is produced after extensive consultation with leading loan practitioners and law firms so as to represent an agreed common view of documentation structures

Documents & Guidelines

We endeavour to keep our documentation under constant review to ensure that it continues to meet the aims and needs of the primary and secondary loan markets.

Our documentation is produced after extensive consultation with leading loan practitioners and law firms so as to represent an agreed common view of documentation structures. Standardisation of the "boiler plate" areas of the documents allows lenders and borrowers to focus on the more important commercial aspects of individual transactions.

We are widely regarded as the body that establishes guidelines for the EMEA syndicated loan market. These are, by their nature, wide-ranging and relate to both primary and secondary markets.

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New REF Security Documents (1 July 2020)

We have launched two new security agreements intended for use on real estate finance transactions (the "New REF Security Documents"), as well as consequential changes to the LMA REF facility agreements.


Note on Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and Intercreditor Considerations (25 June 2020)

We have published a guidance note which provides an overview of the UK"s Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CLBILS") launched on 20 April 2020. The note outlines for consideration some potential intercreditor issues where a loan provided under the CLBILS forms part of the financing structure.

DAC6 and LMA recommended forms of facility documentation (19 June)

We have published a guidance note and optional riders relating to EU rules enacted under the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (commonly known as "DAC6"). DAC6 requires intermediaries including lenders to report to tax authorities certain information about cross-border arrangements that exhibit one or more specified characteristics referred to as "hallmarks".

Documents Index

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Guidance

Name of Document FormatsDate Revised Markup
Name of DocumentLMA Users Guide to Confidentiality Undertakings (English law)FormatsPDFDate Revised15/08/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Front Running Letter of Undertaking Users GuideFormatsPDFDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentExplanatory Memo relating to Mandate Letters, Commitment Letters, Front Running Letters, Syndication Closing Timeline & Syndication Decision ChartsFormatsPDFDate Revised24/02/2009MarkupPDF

Term sheets, mandate letters, commitment letters, front running undertakings, timeline and decision charts

Name of Document FormatsDate Revised Markup
Name of DocumentAgency Details FormFormatsWordDate Revised02/08/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentAdministration Detail FormFormatsWordDate Revised31/05/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Mandate Letter - Best EffortsFormatsWordDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Mandate Letter - UnderwrittenFormatsWordDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Confidentiality and Front Running Letter for Primary SyndicationFormatsWordDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Front Running Letter of UndertakingFormatsWordDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Confidentiality Undertaking for disclosure by potential initial lenders subscribers to credit protection providersFormatsWordDate Revised08/03/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Recommended Timeline for Settlement of Primary Syndication Incorporating Delayed Settlement CompensationFormatsPDFDate Revised30/01/2018MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Term SheetFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Syndicate Member Commitment Letter for Primary Syndication - for initial commitment without approval of documentationFormatsWordDate Revised24/02/2009MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Syndicate Member Commitment Letter For Primary Syndication - for final commitment with approval of documentationFormatsWordDate Revised24/02/2009MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentSyndication Decision Chart - Unsuccessful SyndicationFormatsPDFDate Revised24/02/2009MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentSyndication Decision Chart - Successful SyndicationFormatsPDFDate Revised24/02/2009MarkupPDF
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Guidance

Name of Document FormatsDate Revised Markup
Name of DocumentUsers Guide to Investment Grade Primary documentationFormatsPDFDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentUsers Guide to LMA Finance Party Default Clauses in Conjunction with the LMA Recommended Form of Primary DocumentFormatsPDFDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentSummary Note re Jan 2012 Changes to Swingline Options & Finance Party Default ClausesFormatsPDFDate Revised20/01/2012MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentSummary Note re Dec 2011 changes to LMA Primary Documents & Finance Party Default & Market Disruption ClausesFormatsPDFDate Revised23/12/2011MarkupPDF

Facility Agreements

Name of Document FormatsDate Revised Markup
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Term and Revolving Facilities AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement with Letter of CreditFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement incorporating a Swingline facilityFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Term Facility AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Revolving Facility AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Multicurrency Revolving Facilities Agreement incorporating a Swingline facilityFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Single Currency Term and Revolving Facilities AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Single Currency Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement incorporating a Swingline facilityFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Single Currency Term Facility AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Single Currency Revolving Facility AgreementFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Single Currency Revolving Facilities Agreement incorporating a Swingline facilityFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentDomestic Benchmark Slot-in SchedulesFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentLMA Recommended Form of Designated Entity Clause and User GuideFormatsWordDate Revised28/02/2020MarkupPDF

These Materials (which term includes, where the context permits, text, content, spreadsheets incorporating macros and electronic interfaces, and their underlying assumptions, conversions, formulae, algorithms, calculations and other mathematical and financial techniques) are made available to members of the Loan Market Association in accordance with the byelaws of the Loan Market Association (a copy of which is available here) to facilitate the documentation of transactions in the loan markets. None of the Loan Market Association, Allen & Overy or Clifford Chance accept any responsibility for any use to which these Materials may be put or for any loss, damage or liability whatsoever arising from such use. None of the Loan Market Association, Allen & Overy or Clifford Chance has reviewed the laws of any jurisdiction which may apply to either party to an agreement using these Materials and its subject matter. Members should therefore consider all the relevant legal, accounting and regulatory issues before using these Materials or entering into a transaction under them and, if appropriate, consult their professional advisers.

In relation to recommended form documents, members are responsible for ensuring that the precise form and content of the documentation for a particular transaction is appropriate. Members should therefore satisfy themselves that the documents and any modifications to them are appropriate in the circumstances and the economic intentions of the parties.

The Loan Market Association consents to the use, reproduction and transmission of these Materials by members of the Loan Market Association only for the Permitted Purpose as set out in the byelaws (a copy of which is available here). The Loan Market Association does not consent to the use, reproduction or transmission of these Materials for any other purpose, in any other manner or by any other person and expressly reserves all other rights.

For further information on members' rights and obligations in relation to these Materials, please refer to the articles of association and byelaws of the Loan Market Association (copies of which are available here) or contact the Loan Market Association at lma@lma.eu.com.

Updated Data Protection Privacy Notice (22 July 2020)

We have updated our Data Protection Privacy Notice on 22 July 2020. The changes that we have made are to clarify that WorkCast is our webinar and virtual event provider. Individuals provide their personal data directly to WorkCast when registering for LMAwebinars and virtual events.

Click here to view the updated notice.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

The LMA would like to inform its members that it has reviewed the recently enacted Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 in the context of its template facility documentation and is not planning any changes at the present time. The position will however be monitored in accordance with any evolving market practice.

Documentation Automation Project

We are pleased to announce that, after a comprehensive tender process and in recognition of the growing demand from our membership, we have now entered into a memorandum of understanding alongside Allen & Overy and Avvoka, outlining our intention to develop a documentation automation platform in respect of certain LMA recommended form documents, as well as other ancillary services.