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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.
The Paris-based manager has held a final close on the fund, which will focus on investment-grade European infrastructure and aims to provide up to €75m of debt per project.
The newly-independent private debt manager will launch a capital solutions strategy next year designed to help sponsors turn around underperforming businesses.
Private equity funds have become prolific users of private debt products. But what is it about this type of lending that attracts them, given its higher price? John Bakie finds out
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Investing in real assets has become increasingly popular, and debt funds that provide financing for real assets projects are no exception, writes John Bakie.
The debt manager is expanding its LP engagement as it plans to raise additional capital for new and existing strategies.
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The mandate will establish an evergreen fund to invest in a wide variety of debt instruments including real assets, SMEs and US and UK mid-market loans.
Falling deal numbers have not hampered the rate of capital deployment which is set to reach record levels.
The firm expects significant reinvestment from existing investors, allowing it to target double the capital raised by its predecessor.
The fund will give institutional investors access to Deutsche Bank-originated senior loans.
Pressure on bank balance sheets and a growing awareness of private debt products is set to boost growth for the asset class in Spain.

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