Direct Lending: still a key source of capital

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 Direct Lending: still a key source of capital

Direct Lending: still a key source of capital

About the speakers
  • Rachel McGovern
    Rachel McGovern
    Senior Director at KBRA Analytics (DLD)
    Rachel McGovern is a Senior Director at KBRA Analytics (DLD) and leads the news and data publication in Europe. She is building up KBRA’s European direct lending database and default radar as well as breaking news and producing quarterly market reports. Rachel has covered the private debt market for over a decade, breaking news and seeking better data on an opaque market. Prior to joining KBRA, Rachel covered private credit at other leading financial publications including Bloomberg and LCD. She has a master’s in journalism from London City University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin.
  • Veronica Bateman
    Veronica Bateman
    Private Credit Strategist at Aksia
    Veronica is a Private Credit Strategist on the Investment Research team with over 20 years of industry experience working with private capital managers. She is responsible for sourcing, researching, and evaluating managers and investment opportunities with a focus on private credit strategies. Veronica also supports the Portfolio Advisory teams on existing and potential private credit investments in Europe. Prior to joining Aksia in 2022, Veronica provided specialist structuring, debt placement and restructuring advice to private equity funds, portfolio companies and corporate clients across Europe. Veronica joined Aksia from Talbot Leyborne Partners LLP, where she was a Managing Partner. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Capital Markets Initiative LLP and previously worked for several years in European Financial Sponsor Coverage and Leveraged Finance at both Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, based in London.
  • Andrew Lockhart
    Andrew Lockhart
    Managing Partner at Metrics Credit Partners
    Metrics is a leading Australian non-bank corporate lender and alternative asset manager with in excess of $15bn in AUM and a greater than 10-year track record of performance and capital preservation*. Through its managed funds, Metrics offers investments across private debt and private equity. Metrics’ experienced investment team comprises of the four founding partners and is supported by a team of highly qualified investment professionals with skills and experience covering origination, credit and financial analysis, portfolio risk management, legal and fund administration.
  • David Wilmot
    David Wilmot
    Partner at Apera Asset Management
    David Wilmot is a Founding Partner of Apera Asset Management responsible for developing the business in the UK and the Nordic region. David has extensive experience both of direct lending investment and management of private debt teams and portfolios. Prior to Apera, David spent 16 years at Babson Capital Management, where, as Joint Head of European Private Finance, he was responsible for the investment origination, portfolio management, and capital raising activities for several funds and investment mandates. Prior to Babson, David was head of the UK Leverage Finance team at Société Générale. David holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University, an MBA from Bayes Business School and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

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