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John Bakie

John Bakie joined Private Debt Investor in November 2017 as news editor. He has spent over a decade covering a wide range of financial services including private equity, venture capital, retail investment, securities trading and asset custody.

Prestige launches private credit multi-manager strategy

The fund will invest in a variety of credit strategies in the UK and globally targeting a return of up to 7%.

Tikehau closes fourth direct lending fund on €2.1bn

The latest big fund to hit Europe this year shows established names are able to continue securing commitments.

BlueBay closes Direct Lending III on €6bn – exclusive

The huge European-focused debt fund is one of the largest raised so far in 2019.

Pemberton opens Benelux office

The Amsterdam office will help firms build closer relationships and source deals in the low countries.

eQ secures €70m for second credit fund

The fund of funds manager is raising the vehicle through a partnership with MV Credit.

Covenants crumble

Covenant-lite has reached a new high at the end of 2018, raising concerns about market risk.

Perils of a private equity bias

Private equity has been crucial to the evolution of private debt as an asset class, but have the two industries become too friendly? John Bakie explores

Why big funds face big challenges

Large private debt houses with established brand names have continued to experience fundraising success, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t difficulties ahead, writes John Bakie

Political and market volatility to dominate 2019

Political and economic concerns will be on investors minds in 2019, but market conditions could begin to favour lenders.

2018 in review: Big funds split the market

Despite lower headline numbers, 2018 was a strong fundraising year, with investors increasingly moving towards the biggest funds.

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