Accordion definition

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What does Accordion mean?

An accordion, or incremental debt feature, refers to a mechanism in the facilities agreement under which, provided certain conditions are met such as pro forma compliance with a leverage test, lenders under the facilities agreement who wish to do so can lend additional debt. The terms of the additional debt will typically be documented in an increase notice. An accordion or incremental debt flexibility should be distinguished from structural adjustment which typically requires the majority consent of the syndicate. Borrowing under the incremental facility mechanism only requires consent from participating lenders (provided the conditions set out in the facilities agreement are met).

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