Private Debt Investor

PDI Picks – 7/4/2022

A fast-changing asset class Continuing our reflections on how different dynamics are being seen across private markets. In last week’s edition of Lead Left, we took at look a some of the key themes emerging from our Private Funds Leaders’ Survey 2022, which we published in conjunction with MUFG Investor Services. This week, in our

PDI Picks – 6/27/2022

On the minds of limited partners Our upcoming Fund Leaders’ Survey provides a glimpse into what investors are thinking about the key issues of the day. So what are limited partners really thinking? Multiple answers to that question may be found in the upcoming July/August issue of Private Debt Investor, where we devote a section

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

PDI Picks – 6/13/2022

Business services: reliability amid volatility ‘Safe and steady’ is a tag that might be readily applied to the sector, and that’s just fine as far as investors are concerned. Alongside technology and healthcare, business services has emerged as a go-to sector for credit funders attracted by its reliable cashflows and sticky customer relationships. But unlike

PDI Picks – 6/6/2022

Claiming a bigger slice for alternatives A new study suggests its time for portfolio allocators to make some changes in the face of economic headwinds. A recent piece of analysis from KKR suggests that the classic 60/40 stocks/bonds portfolio construction model may have had its day in the face of a challenging new environment. The

PDI Picks – 5/30/2022

European deals buffeted by adverse backdrop Unitranche transactions in the region fell back in Q1 2022 as economic headwinds reverse the growth seen through 2021. In its latest MidCapMonitor, Houlihan Lokey recorded 103 unitranche deals in Europe during the first quarter of the year, down from 143 seen in the final quarter of 2021. Despite

PDI Picks – 5/23/2022

A subdued start to the year for capital raising The boom in senior debt fundraising subsided somewhat in the first quarter of the year, while North America remained the dominant region. Fundraising in Q1 2022 continued the very gradual downward trend of the past six years, according to Private Debt Investor data. However, given that

PDI Picks – 5/9/2022

Larger funds mean larger deals A new average fund size record was set in Q1 2022, as private debt managers become more ambitious at the larger end of the market. We’re in the era of the private debt mega-fund. Last year, according to Private Debt Investor data (see chart), the average fund size breached $1

PDI Picks – 5/2/2022

Placing a bet on litigation Litigation finance has found a way to attract the retail investor. On the face of it, litigation financiers are not obvious candidates to join the massed ranks of those queuing up to try and attract retail investment. After all, there are those who say you may as well place your

PDI Picks – 4/25/2022

Eyes turn to Asia-Pacific The region is attracting increasing interest (see chart), which extends beyond mainstream strategies to more niche areas. Europe is the place to avoid. That was the view of longstanding limited partner Tom Tull as he said that global turbulence marked a good time to carefully evaluate the weighting of geographic exposures.