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The fund will focus on assisting 14 Italian companies to restructure and relaunch their businesses.
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From film scripts to life insurance policies to railway carriages, the world of speciality finance is one of the most diverse that investors can face. But it needs specialist knowledge to navigate it, according to Cambridge Associates managing director Tod Trabocco
Aircraft require lots of finance and not all of it can be provided by the banks. But as institutional investor interest grows, valuations may be heading to unsustainable levels. John Bakie reports
Returns on ILSs are declining, just as the global ambitions of firms issuing them are being boosted by new regulations in Asia, writes Adalla Kim
A protracted cycle and fierce competition mean investors in private debt need to try and escape the crowds.
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Hidden behind the headlines about trade wars, a lesser-known but equally troubling lack of finance could damage supply chains. With bank lending hit by regulators, can private debt firms be the answer? John Bakie investigates
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Investing in leasing railway rolling stock could offer attractive returns on reliable assets with a 50-year lifespan.
The firm is seeking more than double its $370m debut fund, which won a $100m allocation from a Minnesota retirement plan.
The continent looks set to follow in the footsteps of the US as venture lending gathers steam, but challenges lie in wait.

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