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Environmental, social and governance measures are becoming more embedded in the Asia-Pacific private debt market, driven primarily by the requirements of global investors. By Mark Cooper
Direct lending is growing in popularity in Spain as corporates begin to appreciate its benefits.
With private credit relatively nascent in the region, investors are typically looking for pan-regional exposure.
Committed to the asset class but cautious of what lies ahead, insurance companies in the Asia-Pacific region explain their complex needs.
Surprisingly little is known about the exact size of the country’s private debt market, but a widening financing gap is providing plenty of potential for fund managers in the mid-market.
The sector is in its relative infancy in Asia-Pacific, with demand outweighing supply. Managers keen to participate would do well to note the vast differences within individual markets.
Investors in Asia-Pacific have been encouraged by private debt’s steady performance during the pandemic and are set to put more faith in domestic managers.

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