Transaction structures—standalones versus programmes
Transaction structures—standalones versus programmes

The following Banking & Finance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Transaction structures—standalones versus programmes
  • What are standalones and what are programmes?
  • The main stages of issuing a standalone bond
  • Mandate
  • Post-mandate, pre-launch
  • Launch
  • Signing
  • Closing
  • Programme-based issues and how they differ from standalone issues

BREXIT: As of 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. As a third country, the UK can no longer participate in the EU’s political institutions, agencies, offices, bodies and governance structures (except to the limited extent agreed), but the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements) and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the transitional arrangements in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement. For further reading, see: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For guidance, see Practice Notes: Brexit—impact on finance transactions—Brexit planning and impact—key issues for debt capital markets transactions and Brexit—impact on finance transactions—Derivatives and debt capital markets transactions—key SIs.

What are standalones and what are programmes?

When the procedures and documentation used in the international debt capital markets in their modern form were first developed in the 1960s and 1970s, an issue of debt securities (usually referred to then as a bond issue) was seen as a major, one-off transaction, not dissimilar to a public offer of shares.