Showcasing the world's largest private debt firms

Who are the biggest private debt firms in 2019?

Each year we publish our PDI 50 and each year we witness the growing consolidation of the industry. The 2019 list has been no different. This is now our seventh iteration of the ranking, and the third since we expanded the list from 30 to 50 firms.

The PDI 50 tracks all the capital raised by each manager over the past five years through closed-end funds and separately managed accounts.

The trailing five-year fundraising figure for the top 50 firms grew almost 10 percent compared with 2018’s total, with European and Asian firms continuing to make impressive inroads.

Direct lending is still popular, but there are challenges

The sector has been at the heart of private debt’s emergence as an asset class to be reckoned with. Investors remain committed, but there may be risks.

Q&A: Fundraising amid growing competition

Smart GPs can fundraise successfully if they go into the process tactically and well-informed, says Tavneet Bakshi, partner at FIRSTavenue.

PDI 50: Asian managers rising

The region’s fund managers are gaining ground and have reached a new high point in this year’s PDI 50.
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In addition to the PDI 50, Private Debt Investor also compile other private debt rankings.

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