The $800 billion private credit market is currently facing one of its first of major tests since the 2008 financial crash, offering potential opportunities that could come with added challenges.
Private credit funds are experiencing an uptick in activity from the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. Due to the significant growth in AUM (entered 2020 with more than $250 billion in dry powder) over the last decade and unique liquidity challenges facing organizations today, private credit fund managers are seeing a surge in the number of lending opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to reevaluate their business structures through both an internal and external lens in the new all-remote work environment. According to a recent IVP survey of leading alternative funds, 23% of managers claimed that they would be shifting their staff to a permanent work-from-home model in the post-pandemic world. This has not only placed an immense burden on managers but their teams as well, forcing many to make crucial decisions that may have a lasting impact on company culture, hiring processes and operations. In order to continue operating efficiently in the new environment, managers must seek to tackle key issues such as: Read More
The decentralized operating environment facing managers during this crisis has further underscored the importance of executing or accelerating a digital transformation of their core operating processes. As managers shift from the triage of remote working challenges to establishing operational continuity, many are quickly deploying the “Asset Manager’s Playbook,” to stay ahead of the next phase in the COVID-19 crisis.
Over the past few years, we have seen the middle-office landscape shift drastically as it responded to the evolution of best practices, improved institutional due diligence requirements and expansion of alternative products and strategies. As managers now navigate remote working environments, these factors are further amplified, resulting in fragmented firm-wide communications and high fixed costs.