Asia-Pacific report

Private Debt Investor’s Asia-Pacific report examines some of the most promising opportunities in the region’s private credit markets

The uncertainty around China’s economic outlook is by no means dimming the other bright spots in Asia’s dynamic private credit landscape. Fuelled by the region’s robust GDP growth, the opportunity set for lenders now extends far beyond the distressed debt space, with more mature markets such as Australia offering compelling prospects.

How are horizons shifting for Asia’s private debt landscape?

Opportunities are opening up for private credit investors in markets such as India and Australia, but domestic banks are fighting back in Southeast Asia.



Whether it was covid lockdowns, geopolitical tensions or China’s lending woes, the Asia-Pacific region has had its fair share of upheavals and uncertainty over the last few years. But there’s a growing consensus that the region is slowly regaining its emerging opportunity status for private debt. Our APAC report looks at the trends set to dominate the agenda over the next 12 months and what it takes to build a pan-Asian strategy.

Five key trends shaping private credit in Asia-Pacific

Fundraising slumped in H1 but opportunities are emerging outside China.

APAC private debt fundraising falters as LPs reassess risk

Private credit is making inroads in Asia but global investors need more convincing.

How to build a pan-Asian private credit strategy

To make the most of Asian private debt, a manager must be nimble and move as the opportunities evolve.

Asian managers sharpen their ESG focus

Asia still lags behind the US and Europe on sustainability criteria but there are definite signs of progress

More Japanese LPs are betting on red

An expanding pool of Japanese investors have conviction in high-risk distress – a significant development for the country’s LP base.

APAC Forum 2023: demand for private debt ‘will only increase’

In the keynote speech on day one, Cheng Khai Lim of the Monetary Authority of Singapore outlined some of the opportunities and challenges for the asset class in the region.

APAC Forum 2023: the SMEs that are ‘hard to kill’

A lack of financing in the past has made small businesses in southeast Asia resilient, a characteristic welcomed by the private debt managers now stepping into the funding gap.

Reflections on Singapore’s key talking points

Last week saw the Fairmont Singapore play host to our 2023 APAC Forum, with a record number of delegates keen to discuss the growth of private debt in the region.

Private debt is undergoing something of a repositioning in Asia. Long regarded in the region as a distressed strategy, debt is regarded as a more versatile tool that can provide the capital to support growth in Asia’s emerging economies. In our PDI Asia-Pacific Report 2020, we find out how covid-19 could end up accelerating the existing trend where owner-managed businesses look beyond banks or private equity funds for alternative forms of financing.

Key trends: All indications are that private debt is set for growth in Asia

After initial coronavirus-related fallout, the asset class looks to have rosier days ahead.

How Asia is learning to love private debt

With investors queuing for opportunities and asset managers battling for talent, Asia-Pacific private debt is hot right now. Joe McGrath asks what this means for the next part of the region’s growth cycle.

Regulators tighten the screws

The growing demand for private debt in Asia is prompting regulators to home in on credit funds.

Could private debt bridge Asia’s funding gap?

The lightning-quick response to covid-19 by many of the region’s governments could bode well for Asia-Pacific’s burgeoning credit market.

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