Private Debt Forum 2018

New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
June 25, 2018

93 days left

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.

Current as of March 20, 2018


Continental Breakfast


Opening Address


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.


Venture Leasing

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.


Sponsored Presentation


Attendee Luncheon


Manager Roundtable: Distressed


Private Debt—Wall Street Job Creator


Sponsored Presentation


Manager Roundtable: Mezzanine


Networking Reception

New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY, USA

Registration Pricing

Earlybird Rate I
(exp 3/30/18)
Earlybird Rate II
(exp 4/30/18)
Standard Rate
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.

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  • The origin and evolution of private debt, from pioneering firm Heller Financial to current nonbank lending
  • In-depth review of each major fund strategy—direct lending, distressed, mezzanine and venture
  • The role of private debt as a job creator for financial services
  • The potential for market deregulation and its impact on the asset class
  • Public Pensions
  • Corporate Pensions
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Single and Multi-Family Offices
  • Private Debt Funds and Managers
  • Business Development Companies
  • Investment Advisors
  • Pension Fund Investment Consultants