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Alternative lending more than triple since 2006, nears $500bn in assets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The global alternative or non-bank lending industry, also referred to as private debt market, is fast approaching $500bn in assets under management. The industry has seen steady growth over recent years, with one of the most significant gains made through 2013, when AUM leapt up 16% in the space of a year, said data provider Preqin.

According to the report, a big part of this growth has stemmed from the development of alternative lending across Europe, a market that has traditionally been dwarfed by the North American private debt industry.

"The assets under management in the private debt industry have grown rapidly in recent years. This has been spurred on by the growing opportunity of providing private companies with debt financing in the face of bank regulation. With growing investor appetite for the asset class and a rapidly increasing universe of managers offering private debt investment opportunities, this growth is set to continue," said Ryan Flanders, head of private debt products at Preqin.

Other private debt industry facts:

  • Capital available for investment: The private debt industry currently has $154bn in committed capital ready to be invested, or dry powder, up from $139bn at the end of last year. Almost a third ($50.6bn) of this capital is for direct lending opportunities.
  • Growth in Europe: Europe - focused private debt fundraising in 2014 accounted......................

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