Leveraged Lending


The current macroeconomic environment has resulted in headwinds for all asset classes, including the global leveraged-loan market, and led to wide-scale sell-offs and a collapse in prices in the US and Europe. The trillion-dollar leveraged-loan market has seen default rates increase to 4% from 1% last year. While Congress extends its support to stressed sectors, leading players, primarily banks, need to further strengthen credit risk management and analyse the resilience of their portfolios and their exposure to high-risk/volatile industries.

We are the market leader in offshore support to leveraged finance teams and offer full suite of services from deal origination to execution and monitoring. A number of banks have partnered with us and have benefited substantially achieving streamlined credit analysis processes, standardized and improved monitoring, increased client facing time and improved time to market for renewals, extensions, and new loan underwriting.

What we have delivered annually


Financial analysis


Credit models


News tracking


Credit reviews

Automation and workflow management platforms

How we are different

30-40% faster processing

Centralised, standardised and optimised output

40-50% cost savings

Early identification of riskier credits

Compliant with SNC review and internal credit policy

Automated portfolio dashboards

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Leveraged Loan monitoring for a top five bulge-bracket firm
What we are proud of


leveraged loans


loan portfolio monitored

Customer Testimonials

The quality and depth of analysis provided is extremely good and adds significant value to the CPM and wider FIC businesses. It’s much appreciated and we will certainly look to get your insights on a number of other exposures that are part of the CPM portfolio.

Head, XVA and Regulatory Capital Trading

Top German Bank

Team – Thanks a lot for your hard work on the stress test. The results were presented to the CEO and the senior management of the bank today, and everyone complemented the efforts and content.

Head of Asset Management

French CIB

We are very impressed with the quality and depth of this report, and it was straight sanction without any queries. For a new to bank deal at this loan size that is incredibly rare, and I want to thank you for your efforts here. The interest-only element could have been a challenge, but the Credit Risk team felt the reason had been explained fully and so was happy to support.

Managing Director, US Leveraged Lending

Bulge-bracket Bank

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Meet our experts

Subhrojyoti Mandal

Director, Commercial Lending Services

Subhro has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over 8 years. He has 15+ years of extensive experience in credit analysis in the lending, counterparty and credit research domain. Subhro manages transition of new clients encompassing the credit analysis function across different lending lines of business. He has extensive work experience in banking products, process and systems across the lending value chain for global as well as regional corporate and commercial banks. He holds a Master of Commerce degree from Calcutta University.

Subhrojyoti Mandal
Subhrojyoti Mandal

Director, Commercial Lending Services

Rajul Sood

Senior Director, Commercial Lending Services

Rajul heads the commercial lending practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and has been with the firm for over 15 years. She is responsible for strategic planning, delivery oversight and management, quality assurance and supporting the innovation and technology initiatives in Lending. Rajul has extensive experience in investment banking analytics and commercial lending research services. Apart from banks, the teams she oversees also have in-depth experience in working across different lending products, processes and systems for Fortune 100 companies, SMEs and real-estate businesses. She holds a Master of Finance and Control, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.

Rajul Sood
Rajul Sood

Senior Director, Commercial Lending Services

Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Pedro Armstrong is a Director at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads business development efforts in the Americas for the Corporate and Commercial Banking, Buy-side, and Sell-side segments. He is responsible for managing key client engagements and works in partnership with capital market firms to provide customized solutions across research and analytics support, origination and lending support, and marketing and compliance support. He has been with the organization for 12 years, serving in various roles across Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and now the US. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Central Bank Regulator at the Central Bank of Barbados. Pedro, who is a British Chevening Scholar, holds a Master’s degree (honors) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, City University, London.

Pedro Armstrong
Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Balaji Ramakrishnan

EMEA Head – Banking & Asset Management

Balaji Ramakrishnan leads Europe and Middle East business development for Acuity. Having spent his formative years in core banking technology operations, he brings a deep understanding of credit processes and the ability to make analytics-driven decisions. He works closely with senior client stakeholders as a trusted partner, shaping the business case for scaled efficiencies through centralisation, standardisation and intelligent automation within Commercial Lending and Asset Management verticals.

Balaji has established long-term partnerships with banks, asset managers and insurance firms across a number of front and middle office transformation initiatives over the past 20 years. Prior to Acuity, he worked at Accenture and Oracle, serving European financial services clients. He holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Balaji Ramakrishnan
Balaji Ramakrishnan

EMEA Head – Banking & Asset Management

Kaushik Biswas

Director, Business Development, Middle East

Kaushik Biswas is a Director with Acuity Knowledge Partners, managing strategic client relationships and exploring new opportunities across the Middle East region. He joined the business in 2005, and is based in our London office with frequent travels to the region.

He has been with Acuity for over 14 years in a variety of roles. His last role within the firm was heading the Global Account Management function with teams across New York, London and Hong Kong. He has been part of the Corporate Development team looking after M&A and Integration as well as managed multiple large sized delivery teams based in India.

Before Acuity, Kaushik worked in the Sales and Business Development team for Ford and Toyota before joining the Analytics team for GE Capital International Services where he worked until 2005.

Kaushik Biswas
Kaushik Biswas

Director, Business Development, Middle East


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