Heading into 2015, it’s safe to say that Canadian banks are open for business. According to the Bank of Canada’s Q3 2014 business lenders’ survey, bankers have once again confirmed that credit markets are robust and demand for credit among Canadian companies is high.
This is good news for commercial bankers who now have a wide range of lending tools at their disposal and the strong support of their credit rooms. Intense competition has lead to the return of high leverage and covenant light structures, but there is no substitute for good advice and sound structuring when it comes to winning business. This is particularly true in the case of quirky deals. Although required less often in this type of market, sub-debt and mezzanine financing remain useful tools in deals that feature unusual elements. Continue Reading