Welcome to a new series of virtual briefings on European LBO financing from Debtwire.

Against the odds, European financial sponsors enter 2021 with reasons to be optimistic. Private equity buyouts hit €180bn in 2020, the highest level since pre-financial crisis. Despite M&A markets being all but closed in Q2, renewed optimism after the summer saw a flurry of activity drive debt issuance in the race to the end of the year. Private lenders have also shown resilience, in the first major stress-test of the asset class. Requests to support portfolio companies in many sectors put documentation under the spotlight, with the introduction of "EBITDAC" to legal lexicon. Volatility in bond and loan markets prompted optimism among direct lenders to price deals, with new structures providing headroom for future liquidity needs. What are the prospects for sponsor-backed M&A in 2021? And how will debt markets adjust to future opportunities and challenges?

About the series

This new series of virtual briefings by Debtwire will keep you informed about LBO financing trends in major European buyout markets. Each month, we'll examine the market dynamics driving domestic and cross-border financing and the outlook for private equity deals. We'll be joined by prolific private equity professionals, bankers and advisors shaping deal markets in Europe.

Who should attend?

As part of our mission to keep debt market professionals connected, this series is for anyone that requires an outlook on sponsor-backed M&A and related debt finance activity.

About the format

Each session will be hosted by a Debtwire expert, and feature a high-impact 45-min panel discussion between market participants, our latest market data and audience Q&A.

How do I join?

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Fantastic event with really interesting/different topics. I will be re-connecting with some existing relationships in addition to building new ones through the event.

Great to bring together key players to have a checkpoint on where we are and where we are going

One of the best online set-ups I've experienced

It was a very well structured discussion by some excellent very authoritative and delegates. It was a mixture of interesting, informative and enjoyable at the same time. Bravo to all involved

Amazing opportunity to listen to sector experts and strenghen networking

Well organised and very relevant given the current situation and the road to recovery commencing in 2021

Addressed brilliantly. How can we get involved for the next one please?

Well conducted. Interesting mix of perspectives from around the globe!

Panelists and speakers spoke to current issues and tried to keep it interesting. Better than other virtual events i have participated in.

Interesting insights covering several topics, excelent panelist and sponsors.

Content was interesting. Good range of speakers. Well moderated under difficult conditions.

I enjoyed the first panel especially. Very informed experts, insightful and hopeful and, as a reporter, very useful backgrounds.

Interesting and very much appreciated the unusual and innovative way to deliver the contents.

It was useful for high-views perspectives on very interesting topics and for widening my network

It was very good even if virtually run

Effective, good use of the platform and technology for a virtual rather than an in-person conference.

Relevant content, helpful virtual networking, and I hope you'll leave the ability to connect with other participants open for a few days.

This was my first time to attend this event. The virtual component and website was very well done and easy to navigate.

Good event. Thank you. Will use the delegates directory to contact specific delegates.

Really liked the studio follow-up commentary discussing key topics addressed on the panels

This was one of the best events I have participated in. And the delegates list was impressive.

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