LBO debt provider of the year

For LBO debt provider of the year those banks supporting deals with total debt tranches that fall at EURO350 million or above were considered. Goldman Sachs is the winner of this category on the strength of the mega transaction sizes against challenging market conditions on which it worked during 2001 namely the EURO2.7 billion Messer Griesheim and EURO2.5 billion Cognis deals, two highly complex transactions that required an ability to commit large amounts from the bank’s balance sheet. Goldmans also arranged the equity on those deals. The bank was also mandated joint lead debt arranger in the EURO3 billion Eircom deal with Deutsche, Barclays, AIB and Bank of Ireland and the EURO282 million Photo Europe deal for which Goldmans arranged both the debt and mezzanine.