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.


Further Documentation Updates (20 March 2020)

Further to the publication of revised investment grade and real estate finance investment facility agreements on 28 February 2020, the LMA has today published revised versions of a number of its other recommended form facility agreements, Users Guides, RFR documentation and other associated documents.

Update to LMA Facility Agreements (28 February 2020)

We have published revised versions of our recommended forms of Investment Grade Facility Agreements, Users Guide, REF Investment Facility Agreements, RFR documentation and other associated documents. The main change is the inclusion of the LMA recommended form of replacement of screen rate clause as part of the amendments and waivers clause.

LMA note on "LMA Exposure Drafts of Compounded RFR Facilities Agreement – outstanding requirements for the production of LMA recommended forms" (20 February 2020)

This note is intended to highlight to market participants the outstanding requirements that need to be satisfied before the Exposure Drafts can be published as LMA recommended form documentation.

Documents Index

Name of Document FormatsDate Revised Markup
Name of DocumentTemplate LMA Release & Reliance LettersFormatsWordDate Revised26/03/2015MarkupPDF
Name of DocumentGuidance Note To Release And Reliance Letters For Leveraged Finance TransactionsFormatsPDFDate Revised21/12/2018MarkupPDF

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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

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.

Updated Cookies Policy Notice

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