Despite political and macroeconomic uncertainty, European debt markets remained buoyant in 2016—supporting increasingly borrower-friendly terms. As the supply-and-demand imbalance continues, there are few signs of the market softening. Yet we are seeing increased caution in sectors like consumer products and retail.
At a glance
- Overall debt transaction count increased 1% to 460 in 2016, but UK lending volumes were subdued.
- Senior debt structures prospered as borrowers traded leverage for increasingly competitive senior terms.
- Unitranche volumes were down in the UK and overall, but France grew year-on-year.
- The number of private debt funds increased in terms of quantum and fund size—with an estimated European dry powder of €55 billion.