CLNs are customized credit derivatives in the unregulated over the counter (OTC) market, issued by a bank or financial institution backed special purpose vehicle or trust. They are structured to allow the issuer to transfer a part of the credit risk to investors, who are willing to bear such a risk in return for higher yield. These deals are done outside the country, as OTC derivative contracts have no legal standing in India.This is how a CLN broadly works. A company borrows a certain amount from a bank or makes a convertible offering to that bank. Continue reading

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