When the banks underwriting Cerberus' $7.4 billion ( e5.4 billion) acquisition of Chrysler and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts' £11.1 billion ( e16.3 billion; $22.3 billion) acquisition of Alliance Boots found themselves unable to syndicate several billion dollars of debt, it was a sure sign that sub-prime mortgage turmoil had begun to impact the leveraged buyout market substantially. At the end of August, analysts reported that banks were still waiting to offload $330 billion of debt from agreed deals, and some predicted there would be no more mega-buyouts struck this year, and possibly well into 2008. PEI talked with William Allen, founder of London-based leveraged debt advisor Blenheim Advisors, to get his views on the implications of the credit crunch.

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