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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.
The fund will adopt a conservative strategy and incorporate ESG into its investment process.
Investors are still looking to commit more capital to private debt, with direct lending the most popular strategy.
Investment leadership will be shared across New York and London under new structure.
Real assets are a large but often hidden part of the private debt world.
SME lending could help investors to access a risk-return profile unavailable elsewhere. But the sector is far from homogeneous, and therefore challenging.
Private debt growth slowed due to distributions to investors but the firm is on target to reach its long-term fundraising targets.
Luxembourg debt funds continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace, in 2019 as direct lending popularity surges.
DC schemes often falsely assume that regulations are preventing them from accessing private markets.
Writing a loan referencing SONIA could help drive industry consensus on a replacement for LIBOR.
The group saw strong deployment of its European funds and said it is well protected from short-term market movements.

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