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Private Debt Investor Special Reports
Welcome to Private Debt Investor's special reports section, where you'll find an extensive library of reports on the key issues affecting the private debt industry.
Published March 2019
Our Annual Review 2018 looks back on the big private debt stories from last year, a year in which market optimism continued, despite some underlying concerns. We also include coverage of our annual awards, which showcases the firms that have shone in the past 12 months and offer invaluable insight into who the most influential players are.
Published February 2019
Our Fund Services report explores ways in which providers are not only responding to a growing demand for technological and regulatory expertise, but at how the fund services industry has evolved with the asset class. Read more now.
Published: December 2018
Each year we publish our PDI 50 and each year we witness the growing consolidation of the industry. The 2018 list has been no different. Our ranking tracks all the capital raised by each manager over the past five years through closed-end funds and separately managed accounts. Find out who the biggest private debt firms in 2018 are.
Published: November 2018
Discussions about European private debt inevitably come with a degree of uncertainty: whether it’s about the cycle, politics, or disruption. And while it’s important to be aware of the potential black swans and curve balls, it’s hard to ignore how far the European market has come, its ability to weather volatility and its long-term prospects. Read our special report now to find out more
Published: October 2018
Today, commercial real estate debt is less of a niche play and more of a mainstream proposition, catching the attention of investors due to the stable income returns and portfolio diversification it offers. in partnership with TH Real Estate, we have launched our first-ever study of investor appetite for commercial real estate debt funds. Access the report now.
Published: October 2018
Rapid technological advancement and global uncertainty – political and economic – are pressing issues for the future of private debt. Predicting outcomes for the industry has never been more challenging, nor more vital, and our special report explains why.
Published: September 2018
Who would you want to be working alongside if you had a pool of private debt capital to raise? Private Debt Investor’s Rainmaker 20 ranking identifies some of the industry’s key players you would want on your team. Find out who made the list.
Published: September 2018
This time last year, there was no lack of optimism among US private debt managers, but some caution too. Fast forward to today and the cautious voices are now louder. With the help of key data and expert industry insights, our US Report 2018 finds out how firms are readying themselves for a more challenging future.
Published: July 2018
Due to its complexity, the CLO market is often misunderstood by investors. This doesn’t make it any less crucial. A new wave of investor interest and a friendlier regulatory environment have triggered new growth in a dynamic and multi-faceted area of private debt. Our special report on CLOs reveals more.
THE DISTRESSED DEBT & SPECIAL SITUATIONS REPORT 2018
Published June 2018
Distressed debt and special situations have always been prominent strategies on the private debt landscape, especially in times of economic volatility. Following a drop in the capital raised by distressed debt-focussed vehicles in recent years, distressed debt is now making a comeback. With another downturn potentially waiting in the wings, our special report uncovers the opportunities available.
THE MID-MARKET LENDING REPORT
Published May 2018
Mid-market businesses remain the largest source of private debt dealflow, but the nature of the segment, and the kinds of opportunities it offers, has changed since the earliest days of the asset class. Our special report delves into the mid-market to reveal more.
ANNUAL REVIEW 2017
Published: March 2018
Throughout our Annual Review we look back on the key developments that took place in the private debt asset class during 2017. Alongside the features, interviews and data that provide an insightful overview of the year, is our annual awards coverage. Find out the winners from each of our 47 categories.
FUND SERVICES REPORT
Published: February 2018
As with most things, it is often the least glamourous aspect of an industry that is often the most important. Fund services is no exception. In our Fund Service Report, we break down the dominant themes emerging from the industry in 2018.
EUROPE REPORT 2017
Published: December 2017
In our Europe Report, we take a close look at the major themes and trends emerging in the European private debt market, at a time when the region finds itself at an interesting crossroads. A broad look at the region paints an economic picture that is positive but still carries an element of uncertainty.
PDI 50 2017
Published: November 2017
The fifth iteration of this ranking – which lists managers by the total capital raised over the past five years – could not have come at a better time. Today, private debt stands at a crossroads in its short history. After staying on a virtually uninterrupted upward trend since the days of the global financial crisis, the industry has reached a point where the amount of capital raised is unprecedented. Read our definitive guide to the biggest debt fundraisers now.
THE FUTURE OF PRIVATE DEBT 2017
Published: October 2017
When we published the first edition of The Future of Private Debt, last year, the forecast for the asset class was a sunny one. The consensus was that the market had matured to a point where it will be a permanent feature of the alternatives landscape. A year later, the data bear out that prediction. In this special report, we explore the issues and trends that will shape the future of the asset class.
US SPECIAL REPORT 2017
Published: September 2017
Following the macroeconomic and political turmoil experienced over the course of 2016, there was a sense that the good times in the US private debt market would not last much longer. And yet, by this summer a different picture had emerged. In this month’s special US Report, we take a closer look at the unexpectedly heated state of the US private debt market.
MID-MARKET LENDING SPECIAL REPORT
Published: June 2017
In this month’s special report, we take a close look at the mid-market, breaking it down into various constituent parts. We compare the size and nature of the mid-market in a range of countries; assess the pros and cons of funds with niche approaches, compared to those with a more general mandate; place mid-market distressed debt under the telescope; plus much more.
NON-SPONSORED FINANCE REPORT 2017
Published: May 2017
Some observers now see the non-sponsored market beginning to push its way into the mainstream, with strategies becoming more targeted and less opportunistic. With this in mind, our special report this month sheds light on how managers are preparing for the brave new world of non-sponsored transactions, from a variety of perspectives.
FUND ADMINISTRATION & CORPORATE TRUST GUIDE
Published: February 2017
In our Fund Administration and Corporate Trust Guide we find out about all of the latest technological advances and regulatory developments impinging on the fund administration world.
MID-MARKET SPECIAL 2017
Published: January 2017
In our Mid-market special we offer insights into how mid-market firms see themselves, what their priorities are and how they view the challenges and opportunities in front of them. Alongside a series of interviews with prominent market players, we examine areas such as regulation, the political scene, challenges of raising a first-time fund, and niche strategies.
FUND MANAGER GUIDE 2016
Published: December 2016
In this guide, find out the identities of the leading fund managers operating in the private debt space, and exactly how much they contribute to total fundraising. We list the top 50 fund managers, measured by the capital-raising efforts over a five-year period; plus much more.