Intercreditors Working Group

We have launched two work streams, led by Paul Gray, DLA Piper, and Ruth Harris, Ashurst, to develop materials to support the market in relation to intercreditor arrangements.  More recently, Phil Abbott, Fieldfisher, has joined the leadership team.

Three papers are now available, covering different aspects of this complex and evolving market.

Click here to view the first of a series of papers, in which CREFC Europe members share their experiences in relation to a selection of the structures that are being used to finance commercial real estate, some of the commonly negotiated provisions found in intercreditor agreements and some of the traps for the unwary. The experiences are from a variety of transactions, but it is clearly the case (i) that the category of real estate asset; (ii) the leverage (and split between lenders); and (iii) the type of lender (debt fund, insurer, pension fund, bank..) as well as the funding structure, will all have bearing on the outcome of the intercreditor relationship.

The focus of this first paper is on a selection of the structures that are being used to finance commercial real estate. We also provide a glossary of terms of art that are often used, and often misunderstood, in relation to structured lending.

Click here to view the second paper which focuses on the subordination of payments to the junior finance parties and the concepts of property protection loans, senior headroom, cash trap events, junior payment stop events and escrow of monies that would otherwise have been available to pay amounts due to the junior finance parties (absent the junior payment stop event).

Click here to see the third paper in the series, which focuses on intercreditor agreements where structural subordination is not available, including whole loan structures and cases where the obligors themselves are not party to the intercreditor arrangements (for example a “behind the scenes” intercreditor arrangement, or “agreement amongst lenders”), and as such the tranching and pricing is not transparent to the obligors.

CREFC Europe members of the ICA Working Group welcome your comments on these papers. The intention is that these should be living documents, where terms of art and new structures are added from time to time, as well as any insight on traps for the unwary. Please send any comments that you may have to icacomments@crefceurope.org.

Further information on the group’s history 

Ruth has led the work looking at structural subordination scenarios. These were the subject of CREFC Europe’s Draft Guidelines for Intercreditor Agreements in UK Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions (2013), produced by a working group formed in February 2012 and chaired by Christian Lambie, Allen & Overy LLP. The standard form Real Estate Finance Intercreditor Agreement published by the Loan Market Association in 2014 also assumes structural subordination.

Paul has led the  work looking at tranched loans, where subordination is contractual. There are no existing industry standards or guidelines for such deals, despite their increasing popularity.

Phil has stepped up to lead continuing work on intercreditors over the coming months.

Please contact Peter Cosmetatos on +44 20 3651 5696 or pcosmetatos@crefceurope.org or Paul Gray, Ruth Harris or Phil Abbott if you have questions or would like to get involved.