Tag Archives | due diligence

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The CIM…sales document or due diligence?

In larger middle market transactions we typically see senior and junior debt facilities with multiple lenders. Given tight timeframes in most LBO transactions, a delicate balance is struck between how much reliance can be placed on the confidential information memorandum (the “CIM”, also known as a bank book, etc.) and how much will be invested […]

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Baby on board? Risks of inexperience in LBO lending

During my too-brief sailboat racing career in Australia, it was often necessary to cut closely between islands and shoals during long-distance events. Invariably, these games of roulette came at night and in the midst of a blow. There is little that focuses you more than perilously close waves crashing on jagged rocks as you hurtle through […]

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Warning: Does that Base Case reflect reality? Or Newt and Biff’s Excellent Adventures

Years ago, one of my dearest mentors drummed the following advice into my cranium: One of the most obvious marks of inexperience and sloth is using, verbatim, sell-side information that is spoon-fed to an investor group. This is made more egregious as it obviously comes from parties benefiting from uncritical acceptance of the “data”. Not […]

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High barriers…to understanding

In what has to be the second most often used throw-away line behind “[insert name] is a leading [insert industry sector] company“, is the too-frequent, inadequately supported, drive-by industry analysis summed up by “high barriers to entry.” This becomes a nails-on-chalkboard experience when so often misused by non- or under-initiated underwriters, lenders, and pundits. Let’s take a step […]

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Giving diligence its due

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.” – Miguel de Cervantes   “Ignorance never settles a question.” – Benjamin Disraeli Based on comments that I received on my May 29th post, I think further light could be shed on my bias toward an elevation of skills as one moves into the leveraged lending arena. Not […]

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