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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

17 Apr 2018

Platinum backs Wyndham Europe unit buy with €857m loan

LONDON, April 17 (LPC) - Private equity firm Platinum Equity’s acquisition of US hotelier Wyndham Worldwide Corp’s European vacation rental business will be backed with an €857m leveraged loan, banking sources said.

17 Apr 2018

Bank trio expected to lead financing on Zentiva sale

LONDON (LPC) - Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are expected to lead a debt financing totalling in excess of €1bn backing private equity firm Advent International’s acquisition of French healthcare group Sanofi’s European generics drugs arm Zentiva, banking sources said.

12 Apr 2018

Macquarie's sale of German metering firm Techem in final round -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 12 Macquarie picked three suitors for a final bidding round for the sale of German metering group Techem, which may be valued at around 4 billion euros ($4.9 billion), people close to the matter said.

11 Apr 2018

Cerba launches €408m add-on loan to fund Bio7 buyout

LONDON, April 11 (LPC) - European medical laboratory services operator Cerba Healthcare is raising an additional €408m leveraged loan to back an acquisition of France-based clinical analysis specialist Groupe Bio7, banking sources said.

11 Apr 2018

Bankers line up €550m of debt for DSM unit as sale nears

LONDON, April 11 (LPC) - Bankers are preparing debt financings of around €550m to back a potential sale of Dutch speciality chemicals company DSM’s anti-infectives unit as potential buyers get ready to submit second round bids next week, banking sources said.

04 Apr 2018

Bankers pitch aggressive loan refinancings as uncertainty looms

LONDON, April 4 (LPC) - Bankers are pitching recapitalisation and refinancings to sponsors in a bid to maximise leverage, lower pricing and attain aggressive documentation for portfolio companies while a window of opportunity remains as longer term visibility in Europe’s leveraged loan market starts to dwindle.

03 Apr 2018

EMEA syndicated loans down 25% but pipeline builds

LONDON, April 3 (LPC) - First quarter syndicated lending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fell 25% year-on-year to US$200bn from US$267bn, reflecting a fall in M&A activity and refinancing compared with the beginning of last year, Thomson Reuters LPC data shows.

03 Apr 2018

Jumbo deal for Akzo Nobel unit LBO stirs debt markets

LONDON, April 3 (LPC) - Banks have lined up as much as €7.3bn-equivalent of debt to back the buyout of Akzo Nobel's chemicals business, the latest jumbo cross-border leveraged financing to hit the loan and bond markets.

29 Mar 2018

Buyout financings skirt ECB's lending rules

LONDON (LPC) - Several large leveraged buyouts have exceeded the six times leverage limit outlined by the European Central Bank’s guidance on leveraged lending, leading loan bankers to question just how effective the rules are.

27 Mar 2018

Banks and funds compete for second-lien loans

LONDON (LPC) - Banks and funds are competing for second-lien leveraged loans as they battle for higher yielding assets to bolster their returns.

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