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When one facility fits all

Umbrella fund finance can provide a simplified approach for managers with multiple strategies.

Uncorrelated returns: The holy grail

Frank Barbarino, senior investment officer at the Office of New York City Comptroller, offers insight on his organisation’s private debt strategy in conversation with PDI.

GFC: “The fear was palpable”

In his own words, he was at the epicenter of the financial crisis. Waymond Harris, director of investments at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, reflects on what happened then – and why the next crisis will not be like the last one.

Can you rely on a termsheet?

Lenders may be left compromised when a deal termsheet does not make clear how much control sponsors have over the transfer of payments. Experienced lawyer Stephen Mostyn-Williams of Debt Explained highlights one alarming example.

Alaska PFC: Ahead of the curve

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation - a state-run investment vehicle that distributes dividends to all eligible residents - started investing in private credit before the financial crisis, and sees no reason to pull back now.

Echoes of the crisis

At a recent roundtable, talking points centred around market conditions and preparing for a change in circumstances.

Mondoux: Complacency ‘not dissimilar’ to 2006/07

Josée Mondoux of Canada’s CMPA is worried by aspects of manager behavior today but takes comfort from debt managers’ more conservative approach.

2017 Awards: Time is short to get in touch!

The end of this week will see the end of the first phase of our awards process – you can still play a role.

SME lending: Helping small companies walk tall

Non-bank lenders are positioning themselves as partners to SMEs going through transformative events. Andy Thomson hears about perceived opportunity and concerns about the cycle.

Online platforms get disruptive

Direct lending platforms serving SMEs have seized the opportunity left by banks retrenching from the market.