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Europe ventures into the unknown

The continent looks set to follow in the footsteps of the US as venture lending gathers steam, but challenges lie in wait.

Who raised the largest funds in H1 2019?

The period was dominated by distressed funds, with Lone Star demonstrating its pulling power with two of the biggest vehicles.

LACERS will commit to two new credit managers

The pension fund approved $100m contracts with Benefit Street Partners and Alcentra Limited after a nine-month search.
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ACERA creates a dedicated private credit bucket

The pension fund plans to allocate 4% of its portfolio ($490m) to the strategy by 2023.
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Why commodity trade finance needs private lenders

Structural changes in the trade finance industry present opportunities for lenders, argues Mikael Bonalumi of Audentia Capital Management.

The need to nurture permanent capital in Europe

Reasons for longer-term vehicles in private debt are growing, with one being the requirement to support businesses traditionally backed by banks.

Two in three family offices looking to grow private debt allocation

Improved returns over meagre bond yields are a key driver of smaller institutions looking for private debt exposure.

Private credit’s green new deal

ESG hasn't always been private debt's strong point, but many in the industry are working hard to address this.
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Certior advances fundraising to €100m

The Finnish fund of funds manager’s second vehicle is now larger than its first and has a final target of up to €300m.

Endowments, foundations rewarded for going private

Top-decile institutional investors had a median allocation of 40% or more in private investments, according to Cambridge Associates research.
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