December / January 2012 Issue

    Month: December
    Year: 2012

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    Default in action

    The Blackstone Group recently became the latest high-profile sponsor to see a portfolio company default on its debts 

    Iowa seeks real estate debt fund managers

    Iowa seeks real estate debt fund managers 2013-01-01 The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) has launched a search for real estate debt fund managers that would be responsible for investing $200 million in capital that the pension system plans to commit to the strategy. IPERS has

    Cornerstone strikes first UK lending deal

    Cornerstone strikes first UK lending deal 2013-01-01 Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers made its first real estate lending transaction in the UK since partnering up with Laxfield Capital, a London-based firm started by former GE Capital professionals earlier this year. The Hartford, Connecticut

    Partners Group raises debut credit fund

    Partners Group raises debut credit fund 2013-01-01 Partners Group has raised its first dedicated investment vehicle to provide debt financing to mid-market companies. The firm has been investing in private debt since 1999, but has never had a fund dedicated to the strategy. The €375 million P

    Z Capital targets $500m for special situations

    Z Capital targets $500m for special situations 2013-01-01 Chicago-based Z Capital Partners has launched its second special situations fund with a $500 million target. Z Capital Special Situations Fund II is expected to hold a first close on around $200 million by the end of October, a source

    3i moves into US debt markets

    3i moves into US debt markets 2013-01-01 UK-listed 3i Group, fresh from the acquisition of seven CLO contracts worth €2 billion from Invesco in May, made its first foray into the US debt markets, signing a joint venture with US-based WCAS Fraser Sullivan Investment Management which gives it a

    Carlyle raises $1.4bn for energy credit

    Carlyle raises $1.4bn for energy credit 2013-01-01 The Carlyle Group has garnered $1.38 billion for its Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund, which will invest in projects and companies in the energy sector. Target investments will be in the range of $20million to $150 million. The fin

    Opportunistic Electra buys up debt positions

    Opportunistic Electra buys up debt positions 2013-01-01 Electra Partners purchased a portfolio of second lien and mezzanine debt positions in five European companies for £30 million (€38 million; $49 million), a “significant discount to face value”, the firm said. The majority of the debt wil

    Torchlight raises $300m for debt fund

    Torchlight raises $300m for debt fund 2013-01-01 Torchlight Investors has collected $300 million for the first closing of its latest real estate debt fund, Torchlight Debt Opportunity Fund IV, according to sources. The firm, which is seeking to raise $1 billion, secured commitments from seven

    HIG bolsters Bayside team

    HIG bolsters Bayside team 2013-01-01 HIG Capital its Bayside Capital affiliate with the appointment of Ahmed Hamdani and Duncan Priston in London. Hamdani joined Bayside from London-based credit hedge fund Trafalgar Asset Managers, where he was portfolio manager of a distressed credit fund. H

    Project finance Dutch road cracks funding puzzle

    Project finance: Dutch road cracks funding puzzle 2013-01-01 The forthcoming N33 road project in the Netherlands will source 70 percent of its debt via an inflation-linked loan from Dutch pension provider APG. The ‘bank-to-pension’ funding solution is the first of its kind. The N33 desig

    Eye of the storm

    Distressed debt funds are attracting a lot of capital at the moment. But with banks apparently in denial about the extent of their problems, deals remain thin on the ground, writes Oliver Smiddy 

    Cause for optimism

    Despite a number of challenges to the European debt markets, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful, according to Matthew Sabben-Clare 

    Debt and the LP evolution

    In the wake of a funding gap created by the retreat of traditional lenders, institutional investors are flocking to real estate debt strategies. Evelyn Lee charts the evolution of this discreet opportunity and assesses the debate over separate accounts versus funds 

    Brave New World

    Banks are being pulled in different directions by politicians and regulators, debt needs to be refinanced, and the macroeconomic picture is uncertain at best. But these challenges have led to a return to basics – relationships, analysis, circumspection, flexibility – and have provided private debt funds with a significant opportunity. Six of the industry’s leading lights gathered in London in October for Private Debt Investor’s inaugural roundtable to discuss that opportunity. Oliver Smiddy reports. 

    Checking Out

    In the first of our series of features examining significant debt deals, we examine how Goldman Sachs and a pair of US hedge funds wrested control of UK hotel chain Travelodge from equity holder Dubai International Capital. Oliver Smiddy reports 

    An uncomfortable compromise between unfamiliar bedfellows

    Traditional lenders and newer providers of debt financing are uneasy partners, argues SJBerwin partner Ian Borman, with many difficult issues yet to be thrashed out. 

    Investors who take a look at private debt will not be disappointed

    Investors who have some appetite for illiquidity and are looking for attractive risk-adjusted returns should look no further than an investment into private debt – particularly in Europe – argues Sanjay Mistry, Director of Private Debt at Mercer 

    Loan to own Why Leon Black likes India

    Buying up Indian corporate debt is a more attractive option than equity, which is one reason Apollo Management has singled the country out for special attention amongst the BRICs, writes Philip Borel 

    Real estate Europe awaits US influx

    With real estate financing in Europe still difficult to come by, one of America’s biggest commercial real estate lenders is ramping up in the region, pointing the way for its fellow US banks, writes Robin Marriott 

    Start-up Starting from scratch

    Having made four investments since September and with an ongoing fundraising process to manage, it’s been a busy first 18 months of existence for private debt fund manager Metric Capital Partners, writes Oliver Smiddy 

    Infrastructure debt Coming of age

    With 2012 coming to an end, it is looking likely that it will be remembered as the year the infrastructure debt market truly took off, writes Bruno Alves 

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