With capabilities in Western Europe including the UK, we focus on senior debt from issuers that may be too small to access capital markets or those that prefer club deals with a few institutional investors. Opportunities are sourced across a diverse investment universe including investment-grade or crossover small and mid-cap firms from a variety of sectors, with maturities ranging between five and 10 years, typically for buy-and-hold investments.
We mitigate risk by avoiding subordination and structural leverage as well as through strong covenants, coupled with regular monitoring and reporting. The strength and depth of our independent credit research team provides robust governance and our disciplined investment process incorporates, but is not bound by, environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria throughout the life of the asset.
Senior private corporate debt can help investors diversify exposures while delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns.
Real assets in focus
The case for private debt
8 Oct 2020
Private debt proved its worth to institutional investors during a sustained period of benign market conditions. But what does the outlook look like in an altogether more challenging environment?
Fibre broadband: The need for speed
9 Sep 2020
Lockdown measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of digital connectivity. Tim Perry looks at the investment opportunities and challenges associated with European economies transitioning from copper to faster fibre broadband networks.
Defined Benefit pensions de-risking: A covenant and investment view
23 Jun 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 shock, Felix Mantz from Lincoln Pensions and Joachim Sudre from Aviva Investors explore how defined benefit pension schemes should plan their journey towards an end game and adopt a more holistic approach to risk.
'Mastering the real estate cycle'
17 Apr 2020
The cyclicality of real estate creates opportunities for well-informed investors. However, determining where a market is in the cycle can be difficult, so we have developed a tool that can help investors overcome this challenge.
Think like an insurer, invest like a pension scheme
10 Feb 2021
Cashflow-driven investing (CDI) is about meeting the outcome that matters most to pension schemes – being able to pay out liabilities as they fall due.
Unlevered Infrastructure Equity: Delivering in CDI
6 Feb 2021
Cashflow-driven investing (CDI) generates predictable, attractive cash flows to meet liabilities when they fall due.
Urban regeneration: How a secure income strategy can help revive city centres
6 Jan 2020
Like other major cities, London scores highly across a range of economic metrics. But while London’s continued capacity for renewal and attracting investment is undeniably impressive, it is often in stark contrast to other UK cities. Chris Urwin, Luke Layfield and Stanley Kwong explain what can be done to make those cities more attractive, and the respective roles investors and the public sector should play in that process.
Explore our real assets range
Outcome-oriented solutions in real estate, through strategies that span the risk spectrum, from lower-risk options generating long-term income to more opportunistic investments.
Our deep market access allows us to source high-quality projects, delivered through a range of senior debt opportunities or via the acquisition of assets. We focus on stable, long-term income generation and efficient execution.
We finance bespoke structured finance and senior private corporate debt transactions, providing our investors with outcomes that meet their investment objectives.
Real assets views
Pressure points: The investment challenges facing insurers
5 May 2021
Low interest rates, regulation and ESG risks are not new considerations for insurers’ investment strategies. However, the long-term fallout from COVID-19 is adding a layer of complexity they will need to adjust to.
What does the data say? Bitcoin, offices and emissions
30 Apr 2021
In our monthly visual series on topical data themes, we look at whether Bitcoin could be the new gold, if COVID-19 has put pressure on London office rents, and the extent to which transport affects the carbon footprint of foods.
Paris offices: How the knowledge economy illuminates the City of Lights
29 Apr 2021
Talent, clusters and scale are three key reasons why Paris is one of the world’s most attractive office markets, explain Souad Cherfouh and Chris Urwin.
Concentrate! How to benefit from specialisation and diversification in real estate
14 Apr 2021
Too much emphasis on geographic and sector diversification within real estate portfolios can hinder alpha generation. More focus on lease length, asset quality and other factors is a preferred means of reducing specific risks whilst allowing specialisation, argues Tim Perry.
Five charts that show Copenhagen is a city of the future
7 Apr 2021
We take a visual approach to highlight why Copenhagen is such a rich, vibrant and economically prosperous city.
What does the data say? Vaccines, illiquidity and managers called Dave
26 Mar 2021
In the first of a new monthly series, we take a visual approach to illustrate topical data themes in economies, markets and beyond. This month we look at the correlation between stock market performance and vaccinations, the illiquidity premium in real assets, and whether there are still more men called Dave running funds than female managers.
Podcast: A clear green premium
18 Mar 2021
Our Head of ESG, Ed Dixon, recently joined Blackstock Consulting on a PropCast episode to launch their new series of ESG insights with industry leaders. Together, they discussed how the government needs to be partnering with businesses to reach their climate pledges, how the “green premium” is yielding higher rents for eco-friendly offices, and much more.
Cut it out! The complex quest to decarbonise heating
16 Mar 2021
More countries are contemplating their visions for a lower carbon world. Norway has excluded fossil fuels entirely for heating buildings, while others are taking a more nuanced approach. So, what are the options for those with environment at the heart of their agenda?
Can a shift in UK policy help make the ESG case for nuclear?
8 Mar 2021
The UK government says nuclear energy may have a vital role to play in cutting carbon emissions. However, more detail is needed to help investors assess nuclear technology’s ESG credentials, argue Darryl Murphy and Stanley Kwong.
Can the UK Infrastructure Bank unleash the power of private capital?
5 Mar 2021
Now that the details have emerged on the remit and tools available to the UK Infrastructure Bank, meaningful engagement with industry should be the priority, argues Darryl Murphy.
From crisis comes opportunity: What’s normal now?
2 Mar 2021
Big challenges bring us the opportunity to think differently. Our investment teams reveal what they have learnt from COVID-19, and how they are preparing to face whatever ‘normal’ emerges in a post-pandemic world.
How Manchester transformed into a city of the future
26 Feb 2021
Once an industrial powerhouse, Manchester reversed its decline to become one of Europe's top creative capitals. Watch our video to find out why we call it a city of the future.
RPI reform: The implications for real assets
22 Feb 2021
With the methodology for calculating the UK Retail Prices Index set to change in 2030, we explore the implications for real assets.
Virtual reality: How COVID-19 is reshaping the world of work
27 Jan 2021
While the coronavirus pandemic has devastated livelihoods, it also presents an opportunity for companies and policymakers to reinvent the world of work. The future is full of possibilities – but no easy answers.
Investing for impact in private debt to combat climate change
21 Jan 2021
Impact investment strategies will have an important role to play if the green credentials of the world’s stock of real estate is to be transformed, argue Gregor Bamert and Stanley Kwong.
Building back better: The path to net zero
18 Jan 2021
While much of the world’s focus continues to be on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis also requires urgent attention. The number of countries and companies supporting the move to a lower-carbon world is growing, but practical challenges remain. How can we build back better after COVID, and navigate to a cleaner, safer and sustainable world?