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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.

Bank woes set to boost Spanish debt opportunities

Pressure on bank balance sheets and a growing awareness of private debt products is set to boost growth for the asset class in Spain.
Q319 PDI fundraising

Q3 fundraising holds up as number of funds dive

Third-quarter fundraising is matching 2018’s figure, but the amount of funds raised has drastically declined.

US direct lending fees fall as funds seek international capital

Management fees drop as North American managers seek to compete for LP allocations with their European counterparts.

How Europe’s deal volumes stack up

The number of European private credit deals has more than doubled in just six years, with the UK still leading the pack, but France quickly catching up.

Politics, not economics, is the biggest risk for funds

Portfolios are strong, but political uncertainty and originating good deals pose risks for private debt providers.

Gulf Credit makes two senior hires

The appointments bring significant mezzanine investment experience to the Middle East-focused fund manager.

Italian private equity manager Clessidra raises €320m for receivables fund

The fund will focus on assisting 14 Italian companies to restructure and relaunch their businesses.

Allianz seeks €300m for private markets impact strategy

The fund will look to support projects with a positive social and environmental impact in Europe with both private debt and equity.

Akin Gump adds debt finance specialist to London office

The addition will expand the law firm’s capabilities in institutional debt finance work.

Why asset prices are soaring in aviation finance

Aircraft require lots of finance and not all of it can be provided by the banks. But as institutional investor interest grows, valuations may be heading to unsustainable levels. John Bakie reports

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