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Andy Thomson

Andy Thomson is a Senior Editor at PEI with responsibility for Private Debt Investor, the leading title focused on the world's private debt markets. Andy works closely with team members in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has been with PEI for many years, having worked previously on Private Equity International and Infrastructure Investor.
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Amid a revived broadly syndicated loan market, private debt firms must decide whether to keep competing.
Kofi Asumadu, Afreximbank
Trade finance bank Afreximbank is attempting to drum up support for infrastructure projects across the continent from private debt firms and institutional investors. PDI met director Kofi Asumadu to find out more about its work across 52 African countries.
Stephan Caron, BlackRock
M&A activity will pick up as borrowers and lenders gain confidence from a more stabilised rate environment, says the firm's head of European mid-market private debt.
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The next wave of private debt is just starting to build – and it’s called asset-based lending. But supply of GPs is not yet keeping pace with demand from LPs.
Lenders accustomed to the ultra-low rate environment have had to adjust quickly to very different circumstances.
So much has changed in the private debt world over the last year or so, and Europe has its own particular set of challenges. Delegates at our Europe Summit this week tuned in to the key talking points.
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A new survey suggests private debt secondaries have continued their ascent with more deals, stiffer competition and a wider group of participants
The region may trail the US and Europe and still have a long way to go to develop a private debt market of heft but there are signs that investors and managers would do well to take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Private debt has found another area of financing where traditional players are struggling to maintain their dominance.
A larger and more diverse universe of opportunity for distressed debt and opportunistic credit is unfolding. There are a number of reasons why.

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