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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.

LJ Partnership hires ex-Santander exec to head credit

Alan Aimers will help the specialist wealth manager expand its debt offering.

Ex-BlueBay partner Das to head private debt at Golding Capital Partners

The former BlueBay partner brings years of experience in private debt to the LP-focused business.

Waiting for the cycle to turn

Former BlueBay executive Abhik Das was recently hired as the new head of private debt at Golding Capital Partners. He was asked for his views on current market conditions.

Activity Drivers

Deal activity is expected to grow, with positive economic conditions being one of the key drivers.

CVC and EQT back second round of sponsorless funding for Paymentsense

The card services provider has received a second injection of cash after a year of strong growth.

Private debt firms expect deal boom as competition heats up – report

Investors are bullish about deal activity, but increased competition has fuelled concerns about covenants and EBITDA multiples.

Amundi launches €300m fund backing LBOs

The French asset manager aims to tackle larger loans and buyout opportunities with its first debt fund launch of the year.

BlackRock to buy specialist credit manager Tennenbaum

The deal will add $9bn of private debt assets to BlackRock and bring in an experienced credit management team.

ICG-Longbow provides “war chest” for real estate fund

The funding line will help Hillview’s real estate fund target acquisitions in the UK office sector.

European expansion

Every European market has seen deal activity grow over the past two years.

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