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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.

An enduring relationship

Despite strong competition and talk of private debt firms looking for alternative niches, the private equity-sponsored market remains by far the strongest source of deals. John Bakie explores why

The European banking purge

The European banking landscape continues to evolve post the global financial crisis. Paul Burdell of LCM Partners discusses the impact this is having on European credit, NPL investment opportunities and how technological disruption is creating new openings for private debt funds.

Why small is beautiful

British Business Investments has shifted more towards funds operating at the lower end of the lending market in search of better returns, discovers John Bakie

EQT Credit supports PE buyout of Hydro International

A UK water services company is the latest investment from EQT’s mid-market credit strategy.

Swiss banks create platform for private credit, equity and real estate

A trio of Swiss private banks have launched Hermance to access alternative assets.

Irish MPs look to block NPL sale over debt fund concerns

A row has broken out over attempts by a state-owned bank to sell a large portfolio of mortgage loans to “vulture funds”.

A distressed future

Heavy fundraising in the distressed debt space could tell us about fund managers’ future expectations.

WATCH: AllianzGI’s Zurkow on optimism and interest rates

PDI catches up with Deborah Zurkow to find out why she is feeling optimistic about the future of private markets.

Download: PDI’s 2017 Fundraising Report

Our interactive report on fundraising gives a detailed breakdown of a record breaking year.