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Given the general economic uncertainty in today’s world and the recent market turmoil, we have seen private equity funds jostling to preserve and ensure future liquidity, albeit at a higher price than before. Similarly, in this volatile economic environment, parties to business transactions increasingly want more certainty that they will be paid. Letters of Credit (“LCs”), which are often included in revolving subscription credit facilities, provide borrowers with the ability to guarantee contracts with third parties, providing certainty to the beneficiary that they will be made whole. In light of the above, we thought it would be helpful to set out an introduction of LCs themselves, including what they are and how they fit into revolving subscription credit facilities.

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Partner | Fund Finance

Despite all the October uncertainty around a stimulus package, the elections and a vaccine, Fund Finance continued its steady consistency into the 4th Quarter. Below are our recent transaction observations as well as our updates on the market more broadly.

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In this week’s Fund Finance Friday: Industry Conversations, Sammy Asoli, the newly minted Global Head of Subscription Secured Finance at SMBC, joins Mike Mascia and discusses his new role, virtual leadership, what they are seeing in the market, predictions for 2021 and taking garden leave during a global pandemic.

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Mourant this week published an article on the requirement under Cayman Islands law to give notice to the Limited Partners to perfect security in uncalled capital. The article discusses the legal requirements for the notice, market practice, and comparisons with Guernsey and Jersey. 

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The FFA Next Gen New York team is pleased to announce an upcoming panel on the “New Normal” in New York Real Estate on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. EST. This panel will bring together seasoned finance and commercial real estate veterans to share their experiences and insights into the state of play for New York’s commercial real estate market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brickfield Recruitment, the only talent acquisition company specialising in the fund finance sector, has made its Fund Finance Bankers Compensation Report, originally published in 2019, available for free download in PDF format from its website.

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Fund Finance Hiring

ANZ is looking for an experienced (7+ years) fund finance specialist to join the Research & Analysis team within the Financial Institutions Group, based in London. R&A supports deal structuring and credit process.

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Partner | Fund Finance

As financing activity in the hedge fund and private equity fund space continues at a robust pace, we are seeing a significant volume of requests for more bespoke financings. Among those requests has been a steady stream of inquiries and questions from lenders regarding management fee facilities. We discuss below what a management fee line is and highlight some of the issues we frequently discuss with clients looking to provide such facilities.

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The Cayman Islands was removed this week from the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. See, all of those Cayman Islands PF registrations were important! Congrats to all the Cayman legal teams that have worked so hard this year for this successful outcome. Many of the Cayman law firms published updates this week. 

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S&P recently posted two out of a planned three-part blog series on Alternative Investment Funds. The series provides statistics on the growth in private markets and a high-level overview of fund finance, as well as links to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s AIF Credit Assessment Scorecard, which is a tool designed to help drive a PD/LGD analysis of funds and fund facilities.

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Luxembourg law firm Wildgen this week announced that it is hosting a Fund Finance webinar on ESG on October 20th. Speakers include Michael Mbayi of Wildgen, Vicky Du of Standard Chartered, Guillaume Ferrer of Credit Agricole, Jonathan Harvey of Investec and Katie McMenamin of Travers Smith.  

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