Some 40% of Australia’s 500 biggest corporations have urged the country’s banks to ease their lending requirements as the global downturn puts increasing pressure on refinancing terms, reports the Australian Associated Press.
Dan Fitts, a partner at law firm Clayton Utz, recently told the Finsia corporate lending conference in Melbourne that banks are “taking every opportunity” to tighten their funding criteria and cut the length of their terms.
He said only 4% of loans agreed in 2008 had terms fixed for between five and nine years, down from 10% the year before. Meanwhile, short-term financing for less than one year collapsed from 14% to less than 1%.
A report by broking group Marsh examines the repercussions from the administration of the South Korean company, which filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August.
Global research by C2FO suggests that smaller businesses are less concerned with the repercussions of Brexit and the upcoming US presidential election.
A squeeze on skilled talent means it now takes an average of seven weeks to fill open permanent roles in finance in the UK according to new research from financial services recruitment firm Robert Half.
Early-stage merger and acquisition deals in Asia-Pacific show nearly 10% year-on-year growth in recent months.