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Making sense of Europe’s fractured NPL market

The continent remains awash with non-performing loans but understanding the dynamics of key regions is essential to making a successful investment. John Bakie reports

The ‘snowball effect’ as banks face up to cold climate

Regulatory actions have boosted Europe’s distressed market, with PE-backed deals in the retail sector also creating interest. David Turner examines the opportunity

Ardian on road with fourth debt fund

The fund is the first debt vehicle to launch since Ardian spun out from AXA.

Certior raises €51m for first close of SME FoF

The new vehicle will look for primary and co-investment opportunities with funds focused on smaller companies.

‘We had no idea we were doing private debt’

He tells PDI how a firm viewed as a pioneer of private debt in Central and Eastern Europe came into the asset class almost by accident.

Are deals in a downturn?

The number of deals being done in Europe has declined from last year’s high.

European reforms could spur lending

An incoming raft of banking regulations could reduce risk and make the sector more resilient, according to Alcentra managing director Graeme Delaney-Smith

Apollo debuts debt-equity vehicle focused on Europe, North America

The fund would invest in senior and subordinated debt along with structured equity and non-control positions in financially troubled companies.

Dai-ichi Life commits €80m to M&G’s infra debt fund

The Japanese insurer has emerged as an anchor investor in M&G’s European infrastructure debt fund as the UK asset manager looks to raise €286m from Asian LPs.

The no-panic approach to GDPR

Complying with the EU’s new data protection regime is a marathon, not a sprint, writes Claire Coe Smith

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