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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.

NPL sell-off won’t solve bank problems, MEPs told

Forcing banks to sell off their NPLs could worsen their profitability woes, MEPs have been told.

What can the US teach us about European mezzanine?

US and European mezzanine have had a divergent past through the rough seas of the last financial crisis, but could recent convergence point to a new phase for Europe?

BNP Paribas takes stake in SME lending specialist

Caple has sold a 10% stake to BNP Paribas to expand the capabilities of its loan platform.
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Fund admin firms Alter Domus and Cortland agree merger

Cortland says the deal will strengthen its debt and real estate offerings.

Amundi targets Italian foods with €150m fund

The French asset manager has launched a debt vehicle targeting cured hams and Parmesan cheese.

ICG boosts AUM, looks to deploy dry powder

Intermediate Capital Group is preparing to deploy €5.2bn of capital into a competitive market.

Commission warns ECB on NPL crackdown

European Central Bank plans to tighten up non-performing loan rules could be rolled back due to fears of a fire sale.

Amundi adds real estate debt, closes third fund

The firm’s real estate debt business launch follows hot on the heels of its latest private debt fund close.
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Hercules drops externalisation bid to focus on core business

The Palo Alto, California-based BDC says externalising management has been a “distraction”.

US debt: Can CLOs survive new regulations?

At first glance the CLO market has defied gloomy forecasts made in the wake of new regulations, but it is still early days.
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