Morgan Stanley Senior Funding led debt financing to support the close of E.W. Scripps Company’s acquisition of ION Media Networks. In addition, BofA Securities, Truist Securities, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo acted as joint book runners on the debt financing.
Owl Rock Capital Group and the Dyal Capital Partners division of Neuberger Berman Group entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Altimar Acquisition Corporation to form Blue Owl Capital, an alternative asset management firm with more than $45 billion in assets under management.
Noble Corporation entered into a restructuring support agreement with two ad hoc groups of the largest holders of the company’s outstanding bond debt. In addition, JPMorgan Chase will serve as administrative agent on a $675 million secured revolving credit facility for Noble Corporation.
Bank of America acted as sole lead arranger on an amendment to a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility while Pathlight Capital acted as sole lead arranger for a new $70 million term loan for Armstrong Flooring.
The American Bankruptcy Institute selected Chief Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser as president of the board of directors for a one-year term. In addition to Houser’s appointment, Robert P. Reynolds was named president-elect and will become president in April 2021.
Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs acted as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners on a $2.2 billion 364-day secured term loan facility for Royal Caribbean Cruises. Morgan Stanley also served as administrative and collateral agent.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters both ranked Skadden first for global and U.S. announced deals by value for the first half of 2014.