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Amending Fund Finance facilities to replace LIBOR as the primary benchmark interest rate has all the makings of a potential client experience disaster for your Fund sponsor clients. This is not just theoretical – we are starting to see real relationship strain develop in practice as a result of the amendment process. Here are our suggestions to best manage the client experience toward a favorable outcome for your Fund sponsors.

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Over the past few weeks, we have fielded a number of questions from our lender clients about a fund’s ability to call capital to repay a subscription credit facility after the expiration or termination of the commitment period and upon the occurrence of a key person event under the limited partnership agreement. These inquiries typically arise during the annual renewal of the subscription facility. While the expiration of the commitment period isn’t as relevant at the beginning of a fund’s life, it becomes more relevant to understand a fund’s ability to call capital as the commitment period naturally winds down pursuant to the terms of the limited partnership agreement.

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The FFA’s Diversity in Fund Finance group published a new Diversity Spotlight newsletter edition this past week. Some notable highlights include a look at the UK Financial Sector’s endeavors to expand diversity by taking a regulatory approach, a thought-provoking reflection on the impacts intersectionality has on individual professional experiences, and a conversation encouraging the Fund Finance profession to consider an Antiracism framework to build a more inclusive community.

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Women in Fund Finance Europe will be hosting an in-person networking event at the Tate Modern on November 2 from 7 p.m. A great opportunity to network, drinks, canapés and an immersive installation by Yayoi Kusama are on the menu, so be sure to register to attend!

Women in Fund Finance announced an event on Financial Sponsors Derivatives Hedging for November 17 at 11 a.m. New York time. For more information, click here.

The FFA will host an End of the Year Networking Drinks event in celebration of the Fund Finance community in APAC on December 7 at Centricity, located at 2/F Chater House, Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. In order to register for the event, please click here.

As the fund finance market continues to grow, it has also become harder to navigate. The Drawdown’s first edition of the “Fund Finance Tracker” analyzes the continued popularity of subscription lines, as well as the growth of NAV lines and GP financing. Through interviews with key lenders, this article provides some insight into how lenders approach these loans. To access the subscription-required article, click here.

In Wildgen’s most recent Fund Finance webinar series installment last week, Wildgen's Michael Mbayi was joined by other experts in the industry for a market update and in-depth discussion concerning the structuring and negotiation of security agreements. 

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Cadwalader’s Fund Finance team is excited to announce that Perry Hicks has re-joined the practice as a Special Counsel in our Charlotte, NC office. Most recently the leader of Hunton’s fund finance group, Perry brings nearly two decades of fund finance experience, having represented lenders in secured fund financings, including NAV, hybrid, and subscription facilities to hedge funds, fund of funds, and pure play private equity. We are delighted to have Perry back on board, joining our other senior-level additions to our team. Earlier this year, we welcomed partner Chad Stackhouse in Washington, DC and Special Counsel Leah Edelboim in New York.

Fund Finance Hiring

Following the continued increase in demand for its fund finance advisory services, Intertrust is looking to grow the team and engage with experienced fund finance practitioners at the Associate Director and Director levels.

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Cadwalader Fund Finance partner Samantha Hutchinson has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers UK 2022 in the category of “Banking & Finance: Fund Finance - London (Firms)." In addition, Fund Finance associate James Hoggett has been recognized as among the “Associates to Watch” in this same category.

Congratulations to Sam and James on this much-deserved distinction!

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