European Direct Lending

A Review of European Direct Lending (Fifth of a Series)

How much has been raised to support non-bank direct lending in Europe? Figures are often cited in the media without asking related questions such as “What are they raising?” or “What’s their strategy?” Preqin recently reported about €31 billion was raised last year for “private debt.” Of that roughly 60% was for direct lending, with

A Review of European Direct Lending (Fourth of a Series)

So far in this series we’ve covered the unique lending characteristics of European jurisdictions as well as the inherent advantages held by European banks. This week we look closer at the opportunities presented to non-bank direct lenders. Selling high-yield bonds in Europe has generally been unchanged over the past five years. It’s still a public

A Review of European Direct Lending (Third of a Series)

“Europe is not a market,” a keen observer of Europe’s debt market informed us. “First of all,” he said, “there’s the difference in legal jurisdictions. These are real hurdles and won’t change anytime soon. If anything, the EU is becoming less unified.” “Here local teams matter. Even London-based teams have trouble managing deals on the

A Review of European Direct Lending (Second of a Series)

Burger King isn’t just selling Whoppers any more. Last week the second largest burger giant began serving hot dogs at all its locations year-round. “We’re applying sixty years of flame-grilling expertise,” said Alex Macedo, President of North America. “We also have to chop the onions a little differently,” he added. The thesis regarding opportunities today

A Review of European Direct Lending (First of a Series)

Over the years the US has been by far the dominant supplier of leveraged loans globally. (See our Chart of the Week) But given similar regulatory pressure being exerted on overseas banks as here, Europe is gaining media attention as a source of debt opportunities for both managers and investors. How should these opportunities be