Many direct lenders have oriented their platforms around financing only businesses backed by private equity sponsors. While non-sponsored strategies have certain benefits, the presence of an owner with its own separate track record, select industry experience, and deal sourcing prowess to draft behind, gives relationship lenders distinct advantages.

This is particularly true when it comes to building a healthy, diversified, all-weather portfolio. Besides the mix of industries, structures, and terms credit managers can play with, there’s the additional dimension of varying sponsors based on a number of investment categories.

Each private equity sponsor comes to the table with different strategies...

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Recent concerns about rising rates and a possible recession has weighed on public equity multiples.

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June 23, 2022

Since year-end 2021, previously performing sectors have seen selloffs in public equities.

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June 15, 2022

While the Fed may push rates up to 3%, that’s nowhere near historic highs.

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Chart of the Week: Recipe for a Slump

June 9, 2022

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June 2, 2022

Real GDP was higher at the end of the mild 2001 downturn than it was at the beginning.

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May 25, 2022

Certain sectors are expected to fare better than others in a rising rate environment.

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The Pulse of Private Equity – 6/20/2022

A very slow start for exits Download PitchBook’s Report here. PitchBook’s latest US PE Middle Market Report shows a big drop-off in middle-market exit activity. Only 175 exits were completed in the first quarter, many of which probably started in late 2021. That’s a low number even by pre-COVID standards. When you take out the second

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Private Debt Intelligence – 6/20/2022

Venture debt funds ready to step in Venture debt is a niche product that could serves as an alternative fundraising option for high growth companies, particularly in the technology sector, that may be struggle over the next few years given the correction underway in technology stocks and venture capital. A total of $15bn has been

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PDI Picks – 6/20/2022

Tough talk on DE&I LPs are now asking questions of their managers, who, in turn, are waking up to the impact of diversity on performance. Private debt is still at the beginning of its DE&I journey. According to Diversity Review in Corporate Credit, a 2020 paper by specialist credit recruitment company Waterman Stern, just 14

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Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 6/13/2022

Lower rated credits post largest declines in secondary market Risk assets have come under renewed pressure in recent days as rising inflation has prompted expectations of a more aggressive monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve.  Though equities and high yield bonds have been hit more severely, leveraged loans have not escaped market pressure with the

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