FIRSTavenue is a leading independent global advisory and capital placement business focused on private funds and private companies. FIRSTavenue covers the significant investors in the developed world and the developing world. FIRSTavenue is differentiated by the breadth and depth of its reach through five global offices and benefits from a large team of former pension consultants on staff. FIRSTavenue’s clients include the leading GPs and management teams across the key private market and industry sectors: private equity, private credit, real estate and real assets.
Deerpath Capital Management, LP is a leading provider of customized, cash flow-based senior debt financing to lower-middle market companies across diverse industries. Deerpath approaches each investment as an opportunity to establish long term relationships with private equity sponsors, management teams and entrepreneurs. We leverage our extensive investment experience to offer flexible financing solutions to fit the needs of each company with competitive terms and structures.
Deerpath has invested over $1.3 billion since it was founded in 2007 in nearly 200 transactions. Deerpath has focused almost exclusively on first lien, senior secured loans to companies in the underserved U.S. lower middle market. Reduced competition and lower leverage multiples compared to the traditional middle market have allowed Deerpath to consistently source attractive opportunities. The firm has sourcing professionals spread across the US in 5 origination offices to allow for complete geographical coverage of the lower middle market. Since inception, Deerapth has incurred no realized credit losses. This is a testament to the firm’s strict underwriting standards, monitoring and restructuring capabilities, and focus on downside protection.
Prospect Capital Management L.P. is one of the largest middle-market lenders in the United States and managed $7.6 billion of capital as of December 31, 2016 (including undrawn credit facilities). Our primary focus is on directly-originated, senior and secured loans (including first lien, unitranche, and second lien loans, as well as related equity co-investments). Prospect Capital has a 28-year history (along with its predecessors) and a team of over 100 professionals. We are a trusted lender to companies owned by private equity sponsors and owned by founders, families, and management teams. Prospect Capital lends across a broad range of industries and has a proven track record through multiple economic cycles, demonstrating our commitment to capital preservation, current cash returns, and total returns.
LGT Capital Partners is a leading alternative investment specialist with over USD 55 billion in assets under management and more than 450 institutional clients in 36 countries. An international team of over 400 professionals is responsible for managing a wide range of investment programs focusing on private markets, liquid alternatives and multi-asset class solutions. Headquartered in Pfaeffikon (SZ), Switzerland, the firm has offices in New York, Dublin, London, Paris, Vaduz, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney.
LGT European Capital Ltd. (LGT European Capital) has been acquired by LGT Capital Partners recently. It now forms the private debt competence center of LGT Capital Partners and manages private debt funds that invest in pan-European senior, unitranche and subordinated debt as well as equity co-investments. LGT European Capital manages approximately EUR 900 million of assets and its strategies include unitranche and subordinated debt investment opportunities from 5 million to 100 million in either euros or sterling.
Proskauer is a leading international law firm focused on creating value. Our roots go back to 1875, when we were founded in New York City. With 700+ lawyers active in virtually every major market worldwide, we are recognized not only for our legal excellence, but also our dedication to client service. Our clients include many of the world’s top companies, financial institutions, investment funds, not-for-profit institutions, governmental entities and other organizations across industries and borders. We also represent individuals in transactions and other matters.
Muzinich & Co is a privately owned institutionally focused investment firm specialising in public and private corporate credit with USD24.3 billion (as at 31 December 2015) of assets under management. The firm was founded in New York in 1988 and also has offices in London, Manchester, Cologne, Paris, Zurich, Milan and Madrid. As a corporate credit manager, we offer expertise across the full spectrum including high yield, crossover investment grade, senior loans and middle market loans. A global perspective prevails through dedicated US, European and Emerging Markets teams.
Dechert is a global specialist law firm with more than 900 lawyers in 27 offices. Over 180 lawyers are dedicated to funds and financial services matters. This leading practice group has expertise across all major asset classes, fund domiciles and structures.
We are the only full-service law firm with a funds practice that also spans not only the U.S. but also the key European investment fund centres – Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Munich and Paris – as well as the Middle East and Asia. As a result, our lawyers are in a unique position to give jurisdictional-neutral and unbiased advice about the right structures for raising and deploying capital on a global basis, with strong attention to tax efficiency and market terms.
Dechert is one of the most active law firms in the sphere of debt fund formation, representing a range of debt fund sponsors from large platforms to boutique and emerging managers. We are delighted to support LPGP Connect Private Debt in London.
NXT Capital (www.nxtcapital.com) is a leading provider of structured financing to the middle market. The company’s asset management platform offers investors proprietary access to primarily first lien senior secured loans that are not broadly traded or otherwise generally available without a loan origination platform. Investment offerings include levered and unlevered funds, separately managed accounts and CLOs. NXT’s managed-program investor base includes public and private pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and other institutional investors. NXT Capital Investment Advisers, LLC, a subsidiary of NXT Capital LLC, is a Registered Investment Adviser.
Egan-Jones Ratings started providing ratings in 1995 for the purpose of issuing timely, accurate ratings. The firm rapidly gained credibility by flagging the failures of Enron and WorldCom, and has since established itself as a leading global provider of credit ratings. Egan-Jones is a Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organization (NRSRO) and is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider. Egan-Jones is also certified by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Studies by the Federal Reserve and prestigious academic institutions confirm that over time, ratings from the largest NRSROs tend to converge toward the Egan-Jones Rating
Falcon is a private equity firm that invests subordinated debt and equity capital in leading middle-market companies. With more than $2.6 billion of capital under management and an experienced investment team, Falcon is a responsive and resourceful financing partner. Over the course of its five funds since the firm’s inception in 2000, Falcon has made nearly 90 investments. Falcon provides $25–$75 million of capital per transaction and is investing through its current fund, Falcon Strategic Partners V, LP. For more information, visit www.falconinvestments.com.
Omni Partners LLP is an investment management firm established in 2004. Omni has partnered with talented investment management teams to deliver opportunistic positive returns across a diverse set of strategies.
The business is founded on two core pillars. The first is closed-ended private lending and the second is the more liquid hedge fund space. Within private lending the Omni Secured Lending strategy focuses on short-term UK real estate loans. On the hedge fund side the Omni Event strategy follows an equity event-driven approach.
Omni believes that risk-managed opportunities are a powerful driver of performance and currently manages over $1.2 billion.
Ardian, founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, is an independent private investment company with assets of US$65 billion managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fueling growth in economies across the world. Ardian’s investment process embodies three values: excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship. Ardian’s employees form the largest shareholder group. Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 470 employees working through twelve offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Zurich. The company offers its 610 investors a diversified choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes, including Ardian Funds of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Ardian Private Debt, Ardian North America Direct Buyout, Direct Funds (Ardian Mid Cap Buyout, Ardian Expansion, Ardian Growth, Ardian Co-Investment), Ardian Infrastructure, Ardian Real Estate and customized mandate solutions with Ardian Mandates.
Black Mountain is a software company that offers highly configurable solutions including portfolio management, trade order management, compliance, research management, direct lending, portfolio accounting & agent, performance attribution and data warehouse reporting. Our clients consist of many of the world’s leading investment managers, credit funds, hedge funds, private equity, direct lenders and banks who use our platform to manage all varieties of loans, fixed income, alternatives, derivatives, equities, and FX. Black Mountain’s software can be configured to model any business process, store any data, integrate with any system, and provide transparency for all of the above in any format.
Mariana Systems is a developer and provider of cloud-based credit and portfolio management technology solutions for the asset management industry. Mariana is the first SaaS (Software as a Service) credit investment solution in the industry. This unique technology driven platform allows asset managers and credit professionals to dynamically integrate and support all aspects of the credit portfolio process – from pipeline and lending relationship management (CRM+) through credit research, asset selection, portfolio/credit monitoring, scenario analysis, borrowing base management, covenant monitoring and IRR performance tracking. The platform delivers real-time functionality, credit process automation and investor enabled reporting insights. Our company’s objective is to deliver cost efficient solutions that maximize value in the asset management process.