The Loan Market and the Digitisation Imperative

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Loan Operations

The operational and settlement aspects in the syndication process are far-reaching and have a significant impact on the efficiency of the transaction process. We seek to bring about increased efficiencies and standardisation.

One way in which this challenge is faced is through the European Loan Operations Committee.

Current Projects

Settlement Working Group

This Group explores innovative solutions aimed at alleviating the prolonged market settlement times seen across Europe. The Group is open to all members and if you would like more information, please contact Nigel Houghton.

LMA Secondary Settlement Statistics

In close co-operation with the LMA Loans Operations Committee, the LMA has begun collating settlement statistics from major European trading banks.

New Article: The Loan Market and the Digitisation Imperative

We, in collaboration with Finastra, are delighted to announce the launch of the first in a three part series looking at digitisation in the loan market.

In this first article, we identify the building blocks necessary to permit the change to digitisation – a change that has the potential to transform and grow the loan market.

Video Content

Operational considerations around RFR lending

With Kam Mahil – LMA and Brian Fraser – Lloyds Bank


E-signings and virtual signings for syndicated loan transactions – Common questions arising from Covid-19


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Inhibitors to Liquidity in the Loan Market

This guide seeks to highlight issues that have the potential to impact liquidity in the loan market, focusing primarily on those issues prevalent in the leveraged loan market.

Desktop Series

The desktop series act as operational guides for teams to refer to when carrying out their day-to-day activities.

Dealing with Requests for Amendments

Recommendations for best practice for dealing with amendments to a loan agreement, from both a pragmatic and legal standpoint.


Click here for a copy of the heat map template and click here for the accompanying guiding principles.

Closing a Primary Syndication - Factors to Consider

Key challenges facing agents during the completion of a primary syndicated lending transaction and the primary syndication process.

Trade Recap Template

The trade recap template's purpose is to prompt lenders with the required details necessary to complete a trade confirmation.

An Agent's Guide to Handling Ancillary Facilities

An introduction to ancillary facilities and their treatment in LMA facility documentation together with guidance on common operational scenarios.

Understanding the Loan Market

E-learning course comprised of 10 modules providing an overview of the syndicated loan market.

Guide to Agency Protections

An overview of the principal protections provided in an LMA facility agreement, identifying the standard protections that an agent under a loan agreement would expect to benefit from.