In light of the recent scandals resulting from mispriced assets, and the broader impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, the need for accurate financial and valuation reporting in private markets – where the underlying assets are largely illiquid and hard to value – is a germane issue for investors.
The “private debt” bucket within the fund industry has seen tremendous growth, opportunity, and evolution over the last few years, with no signs of slowing down. The definition and composition of the private debt space has expanded in both breadth and depth, which has led to exciting operational considerations.
The complexity of how private debt funds are structured and managed is increasing. Cost and expenses related to private debt funds are also becoming more intricate. Newly launches, in particular, need to identify where to keep their expenses low and use their budget in ways to help maximise their output.
By Scott Turley (pictured), Broadridge Financial Solutions – Private debt is expected to be one of the few asset-class winners of the Covid-19 crisis. As institutional investors struggle to obtain decent returns due to low interest rates and irrationally priced equity markets, many are turning to private debt managers to improve performance.
By A Paris – Competition has been ramping up in the private debt arena as more managers chase fewer transactions globally. This is paving the way for consolidation in the space as some of the more aggressive players may stumble, having taken on too much risk, and the larger lenders look for solid acquisition targets among the more cautious groups.