Private debt squeezed as correction clouds gather

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By Silas Brown
13 Feb 2020

Reports from PitchBook and Preqin have found an increased concentration of capital in private debt funds, which is giving larger asset managers a whip hand in dealmaking. Meanwhile, smaller funds are struggling to raise and deploy capital, and investors are seeking the safety of big players ahead of an expected downturn. Silas Brown reports.

Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments, a listed fund which focuses on lending to UK small and medium-sized companies, on Monday announced a wind down of the business, “with cash returned to shareholders in a timely and efficient manner”.

Hadrian’s Wall is not the first private debt fund to stumble. ...

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