AMS’s failed bid for Osram leaves the Munich-based group looking friendless and saddled with a blocking stake that might deter private equity. Yet Bain and Advent could afford to offer more without destroying their returns. If they do, it may suit seller, unions and even AMS.
Sales of new collateralised loan obligations are taking off in Europe for the first time since the financial crisis. These packages of high-yield debt were a major culprit behind the last credit bubble. But this time round, lower leverage has made CLOs safer. They even have a useful role to play in refinancing.