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In a move that was flagged in January this year, the Los Angeles-based alternative assets manager will add $6bn of assets under management in pan-Asian investment strategies.
The pressure is on developers in the country, but fund managers believe real estate debt is an attractive option for investors.
The European private debt fund manager has picked South Korea for its first Asia office as it strengthens its global coverage.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption to fundraising plans and changes in investment focus.
The firm, known for its private equity investments, is now entering into speciality finance through its newly built structured credit team.
The private capital manager is ramping up its Asia-Pacific credit business by raising new capital and hiring a senior executive.
The surge in non-performing credit this year due to corporate defaults will not necessarily translate into investment opportunities amid covid-19.
Treabhor Mac Eochaidh, head of debt services at MUFG Investor Services, says improving legal and tax frameworks are driving investor interest in Asian credit.
The French asset manager is expanding its presence in the region with an external hire who will be based in Singapore.
The firm’s founder and managing partner says recovery rates on what investors thought were secured loans will be very different to historical precedents.

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