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Opportunistic and aggressive loans financing dividend payments to private equity firms, such as a US$3.2bn loan for office supply company Staples, are back on the agenda as sponsors exploit excess investor demand while dealflow remains thin. The deal will finance a US$1bn dividend payment to Staples' sponsors, which are led by private equity firm Sycamore Partners, and will test the strength of the US loan market’s recovery.
The alliance of nearly 500 chief executives reports a successful first year in addressing inclusion at their firms and has big goals ahead.