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Acquisition finance

ING’s Structured Acquisition Finance (SAF) team works with a range of top-tier private equity funds in providing our clients acquisition financing across a number of ING’s markets. Private equity funds, or financial sponsors, represent a huge and increasingly important source of capital with over USD 2.5 trillion in funds under management as of today. These funds play a very important role in many economies, as well as in all of ING’s core markets, and in many situations they are controlling shareholders of long-standing ING corporate relationships. As a reputable player in SAF, ING is a preferred partner.

ING Wholesale Banking’s SAF team is part of the Specialised Financing Group of Structured Finance. We provide acquisition financing through our teams in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, Milan and New York. Our main markets are The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, selected other CEE countries, Turkey, France, Spain and the United States.

Arranging, underwriting and booking of acquisition financings are SAF’s core capability. We offer highly structured acquisition financing for private equity; taking the form of senior loans, but can also involve (subordinated) mezzanine debt and high yield bonds and typically include undrawn, committed working capital, capex and acquisition lines. Many of our transactions are underwritten and subsequently sold down to the market, which implies a close co-operation with, among others, ING’s Syndicated Finance, Agency and Ratings Advisory teams.

In addition to arranging and underwriting acquisition financings, SAF always holds a portion of the financing for its own book, and we have a very broadly diversified loan portfolio, both in terms of geography, as well as industries. When business ownership changes, multiple opportunities exist to lock in new side-business. An important aspect of SAF is that we contribute significant cross-sell opportunities on transactions where we lead the financing, in terms of advisory and (high yield) capital markets but also financial markets as well as payments and cash management solutions.

Our Structured Acquisition Finance team guides our clients through the nuances of the merger and acquisition process. We have a network of resources available to facilitate the transaction and can evaluate opportunities and present multiple sources of equity. So, contact us and let us demonstrate how we can support your transaction in every way possible to ensure the greatest value for your business.

  • Highly structured and credit-intensive business of a relatively high risk/reward nature, with substantial cross-sell opportunities
  • Experienced team with broad geographic coverage, especially in Europe
  • Very strong relationships with strategic client base of blue-chip sponsors

Tom McCaughey

Acquisition finance


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