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Following on Mike Mascia’s Closing Remarks delivered to young Fund Finance professionals at last month’s FFA University 1.0, here is some back-to-the-basics advice for those who are just starting their careers in fund finance.

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Partner | Travers Thorp Alberga

The Cayman Islands has long been a leading investment funds jurisdiction, and the North American fund finance industry is relatively familiar with the key legal concepts arising on a fund financing involving Cayman Islands private equity and other alternative funds. The Cayman Islands is internationally recognized as a well-established, modern, transparent, commercial and flexible common law jurisdiction. Luxembourg is the largest fund domicile jurisdiction in Europe and, over the past years, has become a key player in the fund finance industry. In this article, we explore the background and evolution of Luxembourg as a jurisdiction, how it compares with the Cayman Islands, the essential Luxembourg fund finance points, and how to get the best of both worlds.

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Special Counsel | Fund Finance

We continue our alphabetical 50-state survey of sovereign immunity with our third installment in the series. Today we have something for everyone (tropical beaches, rugged mountains, big cities and wide-open spaces): Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa! 

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On Tuesday night, Women in Fund Finance hosted a pre-holiday networking event in New York at the Metropolitan Club. The event was sponsored and hosted by TriState Capital Bank, one of the newest sponsors of Women in Fund Finance. The event brought bankers, attorneys and fund sponsors together for an evening of cocktails and conversation.

Collateralized Fund Obligations (CFOs) are securities that create leveraged exposure to portfolios of fund investments through the issuance of an equity tranche and one or more debt tranches. Although CFOs have been around since the early 2000s, the product has recently received renewed interest from private equity sponsors and investors as a potential fund financing solution. The Financial Times, in a recent article, discussed CFOs, noting certain sponsors that have recently issued CFOs and mentioning interest in the product from insurance companies and public pension plans.

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A recent article in Private Funds CFO, titled “Lenders get cautious on ESG-linked lines, but issuance remains resilient,” addressed some market developments involving ESG-linked subscription credit lines, including comments from Cadwalader’s Wes Misson. The subscription-required article is here

Walkers’ Julia Keppe and Alice Wight interview Luxembourg-based fund finance expert Michael Mbayi on the latest episode of “We Talk Banking & Finance” podcast. During this episode, Michael highlights fund finance activity over the last 12 months and the emerging trends in the practice. He also provides insight into the current capital market environment and how it converges with fund finance. To hear more on this topic, click here.

The holiday season is near, and in NYC, networking is the gift that keeps on giving! Join FFA’s NextGen committee for an engaging discussion with private fund CFOs followed by a networking reception from 5:30-8:00 p.m. next Wednesday, December 7. Register here for more details. We look forward to seeing you!

Partner | Fund Finance

As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. next week and try to take a breather from the breakneck pace of the market over the last 18 months, it is a good time to reflect on where we have been, where activity levels stand and the trends we expect to continue into 2023.

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Results from Intralink’s survey of 200 global investors provided interesting and timely insight into LP allocation plans. According to the survey, 70% of LPs plan to increase allocations to private funds over the next 12 months. On the one hand, the survey results make sense in the context of a year in which intermediate liquidity products, such as high yield credit, disappointed while a liquidity barbell portfolio likely fared better. On the other hand, survey respondents were heavily weighted toward wealth management and family office investors, limiting its direct relevance to the institutionally driven fund finance market. While the positive sentiment indicator is certainly welcome, our base case continues to be for a year-over-year decline in fundraising next year as the rate of capital recycling in private markets slow.

The size of the NAV loan market currently measures around $100 billion and is poised to grow to $700 billion by 2030, according to an estimate from 17Capital cited in a Bloomberg article this week. NAV loan origination volume is accelerating as other sources of funding prove more challenging and deal exits are put on hold. 17Capital reports originating $5 billion in NAV loans and pref equity over the past 12 months. The article, “Private Equity Funds Tap Exotic Loans for Liquidity as Deals Ebb,” is available to Bloomberg subscribers here

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