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Leverage Loan Volume in Q1 Eclipses 2023

Q1 institutional loan volume hit its highest total since 2021, revitalizing leveraged finance markets after a humdrum 2023. With higher deal volume, anticipated rate cuts, and a more encouraging economic outlook, lenders are optimistic about the remainder of 2024.

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Buy-Side Tactics—and Mistakes to Avoid

Whether a founder-owned business is considering its first acquisition or executing a defined consolidation strategy, there are effective tactics to gain a competitive edge. There are also some common mistakes.

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AviationPros Podcast: Addressing Trends and Concerns in the FBO Industry

Josh Ollek, managing director of William Blair’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services team, recently joined the AviationPros Podcast. Ollek discussed how high demand for private aviation—spurred by persistent delays and cancellations on commercial flights—has created a hangar shortage across the country. He also outlined electrification trends in private travel and among fixed-base operators.

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Understanding Increasingly Popular Holdco NAV Structures

NAV financing—loans to funds supported by the net asset value of their portfolios—has become increasingly popular with financial sponsors over the past year. This article, written in partnership with global law firm Proskauer Rose, outlines how the Holdco Structure helps navigate key considerations in NAV financings.

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The Quarterly Rx: Q1 2024 U.S. Biopharma Recap

Biopharma’s rebound came into full effect in Q1 2024. In this report, William Blair's biopharma team shares its perspectives on the biopharma environment in Q1 2024 and what to expect for the remainder of the year.

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Lender Competition Burns Through Winter Chill

The U.S. institutional leveraged loan market cooled in Q4 to close out a year characterized by lackluster deal flow, a persistent shift from syndicated markets to private capital, and high interest rates that took a toll on borrowers.

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