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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.

Big is beautiful as the flow of fund closes dries up

While new fund launches have slowed down significantly, those funds that are in the market are bigger than ever.

Designated lawyers could leave lenders in the lurch

Lawyers offer vital protection to debt funds, ensuring their documentation provides funds, and ultimately investors, with covenants and terms they can rely on. But the practice of equity sponsors designating lender counsel could be leaving creditors in the lurch.

Big is beautiful as the flow of private debt fund closes dries up

While new fund launches have slowed down significantly, those funds that are in the market are bigger than ever.

Why non-sponsored finance is hard to do

Lending on a non-sponsored basis is growing more slowly than expected but firms are realising a specialist approach might be the key to success.
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ELFA and AFME call time on affiliation

After a six-month trial the industry bodies have decided to part ways.

CVC closes distressed fund above target at $1.42bn

Firm believes growing volatility in credit markets is likely to create more opportunities to acquire undervalued debt.

Funding Circle launches private direct lending fund with £30m

The platform lender is making its first major foray into more conventional private debt, but will continue to focus on providing SME loans.

PDI Germany: Politics, not economics, is the biggest risk for funds

Although portfolios are strong, political uncertainty and originating good deals pose risks for private debt providers.
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Angelo Gordon hires to exploit European consumer debt opportunities

Regulation and central bank stimulus changes are set to increase opportunities to acquire European debt.

CVI to launch €300m CEE credit vehicle

Polish investor hopes to tap western European investors to invest in private debt across Central and Eastern Europe.
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