Debt Renegotiation and the Design of Financial Contracts

49 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2016

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Christophe J. Godlewski

University of Strasbourg - Faculty of Law and Business; EM Strasbourg Business School; LaRGE Research Center

Date Written: January 13, 2016

Abstract

I study the impact of bank loan renegotiation on the design of financial contracts. Debt renegotiation can be beneficial for borrowers and lenders but its impact on the design of financial contracts is less clear. However, contract design is crucial for borrower’s investment, operating and financing policies. I find that the design of renegotiated credit agreements is not homogenous. Main renegotiation packages contain amendments to loan amount and maturity. I show that secured loans with longer maturities experience broader amendments. Creditors’ friendly environment and the presence of reputable, sound, and profitable lenders have a similar effect.

Keywords: financial contracts design, bank loans, debt renegotiation.

JEL Classification: G10, G21, G24.

Suggested Citation

Godlewski, Christophe J., Debt Renegotiation and the Design of Financial Contracts (January 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2715106

Christophe J. Godlewski (Contact Author)

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