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Oliver Smiddy

Given geopolitical turmoil, and the small matter of the potential dissolution of the United Kingdom, it’s easy to forget just how far the global economy has come since the dark days of the credit crisis. For private debt, it’s been a period of extraordinary growth and firms should look to the future with optimism.
The French firm, led by Christophe Bavière, is on course to surpass its €300m target for Idinvest Private Debt III by year end having held a first close earlier this month.   
The US private debt and equity firm has hired Goldman Sachs veteran Thomas Goila as a senior managing director.
The US pair have agreed to pay £180m in equity and debt to Investec to acquire UK mortgage finance company Kensington.
The lender has partnered with Lloyds and Barclays to finance Electra Partners’ buyout of The Original Bowling Company.
Recent legislative measures in China have further eased the way for foreign lenders to issue loans to offshore affiliates of Chinese companies. But there’s still plenty of room for further development of the PRC’s regulatory regime.
The state-backed UK entity has committed £50m to the SME-focused vehicle, with European Capital matching the commitment to generate £100m of overall firepower.
The French investment manager has made two hires, including former Indigo Capital managing partner Nathalie Bleunven (pictured).
The UK government’s initiative to compel banks which decline loan applications to introduce those would-be borrowers to alternative lenders is a welcome boost for the private debt industry, argues Oliver Smiddy.
Globally focused multi-asset managers continue to dominate our proprietary ranking of private debt fund managers, but John Grayken's firm has topped the rankings this year.

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