Traditionally, the Surety Industry has been reluctant to provide a bond line for a company whose ownership is being transferred to a Private Equity Fund. The only option for a Private Equity Sponsor during the diligence phase has been to approach the existing bond carrier with the assistance of management and the existing surety broker. Quite often the broker and surety are uncomfortable with a Private Equity transaction’s leveraged balance sheet. As a result, the existing surety requires additional security in the form of personal, outside indemnity, or a letter of credit in the amount of 50% to 100% of the outstanding bond exposure. With that said, the majority of surety underwriters will decline to participate on a post-close basis.