Wednesday webinar at one: A golden era for private credit?
Wednesday 15 November 2023 | 13:00 - 13:40
This event has been organised by CFA UK's Investment Practice Skills & Knowledge Working group
The rise of private credit in the financial industry can be attributed to several factors, including rising interest rates, banks tightening their lending conditions, and investors' quest for higher yields.
In this webinar, you’ll gain practical insight into alternative credit and private investment strategies, which can be a powerful complement to traditional fixed income strategies, offering return enhancement and diversification.
The webinar will discuss:
- The fundamentals of private credit and how it fits in a ‘traditional’ portfolio
- Why this asset class has grown so significantly and taken the spotlight
- The opportunities and key considerations of private credit investing.
Event: 13:00 - 13:40
James Athanasoulas, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC (Boston)
James Athanasoulas joined HarbourVest in 2018 to focus on private credit investments. Prior to joining the Firm, James spent 13 years at Bain Capital Credit (formerly known as Sankaty Advisors) where he originated, structured, underwrote and managed a number of debt and equity private investments in the middle market.
James was a managing director in the Private Credit Group while at Bain Capital and has experience investing senior, junior, and equity capital in sponsored and non-sponsored transactions. While at Bain Capital, James was an Executive Officer and Treasurer of Bain Capital Specialty Finance (orF “BSCF”), an externally managed specialty finance company focused on lending to middle market companies, from its inception until his departure in 2018.
Prior to joining Bain Capital Credit, James worked at Bain and Company where he focused a considerable amount of his time in the private equity group. James received a BA from Georgetown University in 1994 and an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2001.
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