What began as a middle-market funding alternative confined to Chicago is today a must-have alternative asset class totaling $600 billion in investor capital. The rise of private debt coincided with—and thrived as a result of—the Wall Street reform following the global financial crisis. But while the evolution and growth of private credit and direct lending can be mapped with relative ease, its definition and role in portfolio allocation is open to debate.
The Opal Group 2018 Private Debt Forum is not only a venue for unique access and firsthand insight into the product universe and people leading the fastest-growing market in the finance sector, but a bellwether for the future of the asset class and investment management industry.
Presented in a panel discussion series, the 2018 Private Debt Forum will feature senior level investment research and asset allocation personnel who will debate and explore the investment market for private credit and direct lending. NOTE: Panel discussion will follow a “talk show” format led by a moderator. Panelist use of Microsoft PowerPoint is prohibited.
Market Analysis and Outlook
The market need and customer satisfaction that turned private debt into a $600 billion asset class is dimming its value proposition.
Wall Street reform marked the tipping point for nonbank lending. Deregulation will be its moment of truth.
Compared to racier venture capital, startup debt fund is the runt of the Silicon Valley litter—just not as far as performance or profit.
Attendee and Exhibitor Networking
Manager Roundtable: Direct Lending
Collecting predictable interest from senior secured credit, offering opportunistic refinancing to the middle market, direct lending is cheap, elastic and the go-to allocation in private debt.
Manager Roundtable: Distressed
Private Debt—Wall Street Job Creator
Manager Roundtable: Mezzanine
Earlybird Rate I
Earlybird Rate II
|Fund Manager / Service Provider||$2,295||$2,695||$2,895|
Investment allocation from a corporate or pension fund, endowment or foundation, independent fee-only investment advisor or non-imbedded multifamily or single family office are permitted to attend with no cost, subject to Opal Group approval.