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Looking ahead to 2018

Antares’ John Martin and Vivek Mathew discuss what characterised 2017 in the private debt world and the ongoing importance of diversity in a credit manager’s portfolio.

Fund services report: Aztec on what lies beneath the surface of a debt fund

The key to effective fund administration is a detailed understanding of a fund’s inner working. Stephen Osmont, director at fund administrator The Aztec Group, takes a deep dive.

Fund services report: Sanne on the future of outsourcing

As the needs of fund managers have evolved, so have the services offered by third-party providers. PDI caught up with Charles Le Cornu, head of private debt at Sanne, for an industry perspective.

Fund services report: Black Mountain looks at innovations

Private debt fund managers are embracing new technology systems that private equity firms are not. Kevin MacDonald, co-CEO of Black Mountain explains why.

Northleaf on having everything under one roof

When it comes to alternative assets - be it private credit, private equity, infrastructure, real estate or agricultural/timberland - an investment platform approach that combines connected strategies can be beneficial for investors, maintains Northleaf’s David Ross.

Specialty finance: Perceptive Advisors on healthcare returns

Investing in healthcare companies using structured debt can provide broader downside protection than royalty financing, posits Sam Chawla, portfolio manager of the Perceptive Credit Opportunities strategy at Perceptive Advisors.

Solar Capital weighs up cash flows versus asset values

Solar Capital co-founders, Michael Gross and Bruce Spohler, say cash flow and asset-based lending can be complementary, despite offering very different strategies for investors.

TCP Capital on the benefits of breadth when investing

Special situations, direct lending, speciality finance … business services, healthcare and energy. These investment platforms and industry specialisations don’t need to be siloed, rather they can work together, two TCP Capital executives maintain.

PennantPark’s pick and mix investment model

Fund structures today include public and private approaches as well as blends of the two, explains Arthur Penn of PennantPark.

Europe: It’s not all about the UK, says Pemberton

Amid extreme political uncertainty, having a pan-European approach is the way to avoid over-reliance on the UK claim senior executives at Pemberton.

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