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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.
Spain
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
Third-quarter fundraising is matching 2018’s figure, but the amount of funds raised has drastically declined.
Management fees drop as North American managers seek to compete for LP allocations with their European counterparts.
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.
Portfolios are strong, but political uncertainty and originating good deals pose risks for private debt providers.
The appointments bring significant mezzanine investment experience to the Middle East-focused fund manager.
The fund will focus on assisting 14 Italian companies to restructure and relaunch their businesses.
The fund will look to support projects with a positive social and environmental impact in Europe with both private debt and equity.
The addition will expand the law firm’s capabilities in institutional debt finance work.
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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