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Decision of the European Central Bank of 14 November 2008 on the implementation of Regulation ECB/2008/11 of 23 October 2008 on temporary changes to the rules relating to eligibility of collateral (ECB/2008/15) (2008/874/EC)

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Article 10Restrictions on realisation of collateral

1.Syndicated loans containing contractual provisions requiring a majority of lenders to adopt syndicate decisions vis-à-vis the debtor shall be eligible collateral for Eurosystem credit operations.

2.Syndicated loan agreements containing contractual provisions authorising certain terms of the relevant syndicated loan agreement to be amended or waived with the consent of a majority of lenders shall be eligible collateral for Eurosystem credit operations; provided, however, that the loan agreement for such loans does not provide that majority decisions may be taken with respect to: (i) an extension to the date of payment of any amount due under the agreement; or (ii) a reduction in margin or in the amount of any payment of principal or interest; or (iii) a change to the principle that each lender’s obligations under the agreement are several.

3.Syndicated loans involving a facility agent for the collection and distribution of payments shall be eligible collateral for Eurosystem credit operations only where the facility agent is a credit institution with a minimum long-term rating of ‘A-’ by Fitch or Standard & Poor’s, ‘A3’ by Moody’s or of ‘AL’ by DBRS.

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