The timing of the Debt Forum event to be held in London on 13 November coudn't be better, according to Hedgeweek's James Williams.

Sponsored by BNP Paribas, this inaugural event for Europe's CLO and Direct Lending Sector will feature extensive coverage on how the European CLO landscape is changing, assessing the issuance pipeline in 2013, outlook for issuance in 2014, structural and legal considerations, ratings methodology for CLOs, and, critically, CLO performance: how have they performed on a relative basis compared to other asset classes? In addition to developments in the CLO market the event will explore why Direct Lending funds are becoming an attractive long-term investment opportunity for institutions as they seek to deal with asset/liability matching in their portfolios.

"US issuance of CLOs has risen to a record USD55.41bn so far this year, driven by investors seeking higher returns from structured financial products," says Williams (pictured). "We are now seeing interest growing steadily in Europe, with firms such as Intermediate Capital Group preparing to launch CLOs of significant size."

International law firm Simmons & Simmons is the latest big name to join the list of confirmed speakers which also iincludes Carlyle Group, KKR Asset Management, Man Group, Ares Capital, Legal & General, Clifford Chance, Blue Bay Asset Management and BNY Mellon.

"The Debt Forum is shaping up to be a 'fantastic event", says Sunil Gopalan, Chairman & Publisher of event organiser GFM Limited, the publisher of Institutional Asset Manager and Hedgeweek“We are delighted to have received so much interest from key market-leaders," says Gopalan (pictured). "The event will gather together the best minds in the industry to provide delegates with thought-leadership on the key challenges and opportunities facing both the CLO market and Direct Lending fund market.”
 
The Debt Forum is targeted towards Originators, Institutional Investors, Hedge Funds, Real Estate Funds and Private Equity Funds, Fund of Fund Managers, Family Offices, Law Firms, Loan Administrators, Advisers and Service Providers.  

A limited number of places are still available. To view the days agenda and full list of speakers and to register for the event, please click here.



For further information please contact Katie Gopal, Head of Events: events@globalfundmedia.com

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