For the decade or so that followed the GFC, private debt funds were able take advantage of bank retrenchment from corporate lending with little to hinder their progress. But with covid-19 taking a toll on some industries, have things finally taken a turn for the worse?
After a quiet start to the year in private debt fundraising, dislocation strategies have burst on to the scene with their promise of high returns amid the covid-19 turmoil. But without the resources to do proper due diligence, have investors had their heads turned?
Private equity firms and their lawyers argue that loosening the restricted payments covenant is necessary to ensure their interests match those of the borrower by keeping the sponsored company in financial good health. But it’s a controversial development, finds David Turner
The message from CLO investors is ‘come on in, the water’s lovely’ and, for the time being, this may hold true. But concerns about downgrades and lower-rated paper are growing. Irwin Speizer explores the threats