Principal benefits to be gained by members from LMA initiatives
Below are just some of the benefits that members gain by being an LMA member:
- More efficient execution of primary and secondary loan business
- Increased liquidity in both the primary and secondary loan markets
- Ability to manage loan portfolios more efficiently and effectively
- Reduced costs by virtue of a collective approach to issues
- Timely exchange of views and circulation of topical information
- Use of an extensive library of recommended form documentation
- Participation in the LMA's Education and Events Programme
- Opportunity to participate in addressing issues and solving problems
- Access to members' only area of the LMA website
Further information on some of the benefits received are detailed below:
Members have use of an extensive library of recommended form documentation for both the primary and secondary syndicated loan markets, and specific documentation for use in real estate finance, commodity finance, export finance, the developing markets (including local law documents for certain African jurisdictions), private placements, and Schuldscheindarlehen. In addition, access to user guides and commentary on market practice and procedures.
Access to members' only area of the LMA website with dedicated microsites for Brexit, LIBOR, developing markets, loan operations, real estate finance, sustainable lending and Covid-19.
Content available to members includes the following: LMA recommended form documentation and market guidelines; the latest legal and regulatory news, briefings and regulatory submissions by the LMA; LMA e-newsletters, glossaries, books and guides; market statistics and reports provided by a range of data providers; and our online e-learning platform and on demand streaming platform "LMA Player".
Members can also access information on LMA.Automate, which is a secure, cloud-based subscription service that provides users with an end to end platform with a focus on the automation of LMA template documents but with the functionality to cater for the entire document drafting lifecycle.
Participation in LMA working parties
Volunteers from the market have an essential role to play in ensuring that the LMA addresses issues of genuine relevance to the syndicated loan market throughout EMEA. As part of this process, from time to time, we establish both committees and working parties. These are formed to facilitate the production of new recommended forms of documentation, to assist with lobbying activities or to discuss any other pertinent issues impacting the loan market. LMA members are eligible, by invitation, to join any committee and/or working party set up by us and will be contacted directly should such an opportunity arise.
Prior to the pandemic, in the preceding three years, 25,000 delegates participated in the LMA's events programme, which is a testament to the high standards of education we offer our members.
Over the last 20 months, a key area where we have changed the way we deliver our services has, naturally, been our events and training programme. Since the start of the pandemic, we have produced 57 webinars, 13 video spotlight interviews and 7 podcasts, all of which can be accessed on our video and audio streaming platform “LMA Player”. As the industry's official trade body, we are the ideal training provider for what is an increasingly technical market.