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English definition of “mezzanine finance”

mezzanine finance

noun [U]
 
 
( also mezzanine financing)
FINANCE a form of lending to businesses in which a company that is borrowing pays a higher rate of interest than on other loans but has longer to pay back the debt, which may also be changed into shares in the company: The 50-50 joint venture with Bank of Scotland will comprise about 20 per cent equity and the rest in debt and mezzanine finance.
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