Borrowers: The definition of the borrower includes all group companies that require access to the loan, including revolving credits (flexible credits as opposed to a fixed amount repaid in increments) or the working capital component. This should also include all target companies acquired with the funds made available. Subsidiaries that need a provision may need to join the group of borrowers. If there is a reason why the affected companies cannot be parties to the agreement when they are executed – for example. B in the event of an acquisition by limited companies – prior approval from the bank would be required for them to be included in the agreement at a later date. If there are foreign companies in the group, it is worth asking whether they will have access to credit facilities or how. The facility agreement may also designate an individual borrower and allow that borrower to continue lending to other members of his or her group of companies. Finally, an agreement on union facilities will contain many provisions concerning a bank of agents and its role. These will often not be of immediate importance to the borrower, but it should consider whether the agent bank can only be replaced by its consent and that the agent bank has sufficient powers to act autonomously to give the borrower the flexibility it needs. A borrower does not wish to obtain the agreement or waiver declarations of a large consortium of lenders. A facility contract can be divided into four sections: as a general rule, a lender does not have the inherent right to require prepayment of a loan.
Therefore, the facility agreement must define circumstances or events that, if they did, would grant that right to a lender. These circumstances or events are generally referred to as delay events and vary for individual transactions and must be adjusted and negotiated accordingly. They are usually heavily negotiated. We can offer protection for loan contracts for unsecured loans or secured loans and related fees, which are taken as collateral based on several years of experience. Representations and guarantees: these should be carefully considered in all transactions. It should be noted, however, that the purpose of insurance and guarantees in a facility agreement differs from its purpose in purchase and sale contracts. The lender will not attempt to sue the borrower for breach of representation and guarantee – instead, it will use an infringement as a mechanism to call a default event and/or ask for repayment of the loan. A disclosure letter is therefore not required with respect to insurance and guarantees in the facility agreements.
A loan contract is the document in which a lender – usually a bank or other financial institution – sets out the conditions under which it is willing to provide a loan to a borrower. Loan contracts are often referred to by their more technical name, “easy agreements” – a loan is a bank “facility” that the lender offers to its client. This guide focuses on the most common conditions of an easy agreement. LIBOR: The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a daily benchmark rate based on rates at which banks can borrow unsecured funds from other banks.