Direct Lending Outlook Europe 2022

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - London

8am GMT - 1pm GMT

With the world gradually emerging from a pandemic, it is an interesting time to visit the fast-growing direct lending asset class. Government debt yields are at unprecedented lows, forcing investors to hunt for yields in other areas of the credit market. Private credit, and direct lending specifically, has become a diverse and sophisticated part of the alternative investment universe, with assets under management at historic highs, but selecting the right funds can still be challenging.

Direct Lending Outlook Europe 2022 is a half-day, in-person event in London that will feature panel discussions between leading private credit and direct lending specialists, and investors active in the space. It represents an ideal opportunity to catch up in-person on the latest in thought leadership on the topic.



0800 – 0830: Registration & Breakfast

0830 – 0840: Opening Remarks

0840 – 0910: Presentation: European Direct Lending By The Numbers

Presenter: Rahmin Maali, VP, Preqin

0910 – 0955: Panel 1: European Direct Lending Opportunities In 2022

Moderator: Stuart Fieldhouse, Director, Hawksmoor Partners

Speaker: Craig Reeves, Founder, Prestige Funds

Speaker: TBA

Speaker: TBA

0955 – 1040: Panel 2: Portfolio Construction: Direct Lending

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Trevor Castledine, Senior Director, bfinance

Speaker: Emily Pollock, Solutions Director, Schroders Capital


1040 – 1100: Break

1100 – 1145: Panel 3: To Distressed or not to Distressed?

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Speaker: TBA

1145 – 1230: Panel 4: ESG and Direct Lending

Moderator: Stuart Fieldhouse, Director, Hawksmoor Partners

Speaker: David Smart, Consultant, PMCL Consulting

Speaker: Nick Smith, Director, Alternative Credit Council

Speaker: Sabrina Fox, CEO, European Leveraged Finance Association

1230 – 1300: Networking

1300: Close



Trevor Castledine: Senior Director, bfinance

Trevor Castledine

Bio to follow...


Stuart Fieldhouse: Director, Hawksmoor Partners

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse is a Director of Hawksmoor Partners, offering outsourced marketing and PR support for fund managers and fund service providers globally. Stuart has a 25-year track record in the fund management sector, including six years as a funds editor with the FT group. He was the founder editor of The Hedge Fund Journal in 2004. He has also worked as part of the IR team for the $15bn Zurich Capital Markets fund of funds business, was head of product development and trader education at CMC Markets and was director of marketing for third party Irish manco Carne Group for five years. He currently advises clients across the global asset management sector, including fund managers, technology firms, family offices and listed companies.


Sabrina Fox: CEO, European Leveraged Finance Association

Bio to follow...


Rahmin Maali, CAIA: VP, Market Leader, Preqin

Rahmin Maali

Rahmin Maali is the Private Capital Market Leader at Preqin, the alternatives assets industry’s leading source of data, insights and solutions for professionals around the globe. Rahmin is responsible for Preqin’s private capital data offerings, including implementation and future advancements within the private capital dataset. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Spanish from Cardiff University.


Emily Pollock: Solutions Director, Schroders Capital

Emily Pollock

Emily Pollock is a Solutions Director for Schroders Capital working with clients to build customised private asset portfolios. Emily joined Schroders in 2018, having previously worked in the New York Office on the Schroder Adveq Opportunity team, where she covered small market buyout and distressed investments.

Prior to this Emily was the senior member of the investment team for 50 South Capital based in London. At 50 South Capital she managed the European Investment portfolio, co-led efforts in Infrastructure and private debt globally, and assisted in portfolio construction and fundraising.

Emily started her career in 2005 at Northern Trust, in Chicago, where she sourced, led and monitored buyout, growth and venture capital primary, secondary and co-investments in the US.


Craig Reeves: Founder, Prestige Funds

Craig Reeves

Associated with Prestige since 2007, Craig is a Director and Founder of Prestige Capital Management Limited, Prestige Fund Management Limited, Prestige Asset Distribution Limited, and Prestige International Marketing Services Limited, as well as a Board Director of various international Prestige Funds.  He is also a Director of Nucleus Holdings Limited and is a co-founder and non-executive director of OpenFunds Investment Services AG.

Formerly Managing Director and Co-Founder of Platinum Capital Management Limited (an international asset management group).  Former Head of Portfolio Management and Asset Allocation at Titan Capital Management Limited (an international asset management group).  Prior experience as a Proprietary Trader at Gaiacorp Trading Limited (an international asset management group), Proprietary Trader at London Currency Exchange Limited (a private client / proprietary trading house) and an internship at Bank of America (London).  He has also previously provided retained consultancy services to a large London-based international family office, a large London-based international stockbroker, a London based pension consulting group and a London based international real estate investment group.  He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services as a professional investment manager, trader and investor of alternative investments, hedge funds, capital markets and real estate and has written several articles for various financial publications journals including the AIMA Journal. Craig has served as a Board Director on over 20 international Funds.  He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from Huddersfield University and a Higher National Diploma in Business and Finance from University of Greenwich (London).  He also attended the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) where he studied various financial markets and derivative trading courses and is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).


David Smart: Consultant, PMCL Consulting

David Smart

Bio to follow...


Nick Smith: Director, Private Credit, Alternative Credit Council

Nick Smith

Nick Smith joined AIMA in February 2017 as Director, Private Credit for AIMA’s private credit affiliate, the Alternative Credit Council (ACC).  His role focuses on public policy and regulatory issues affecting private credit managers as well as the ACC’s active research and events programme.

Nick has 10+ years of experience in public affairs having previously worked in advocacy roles for the retail, banking and asset finance sectors. Nick has a degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester and Chairs the networking group Labour in the City.



Hawksmoor Partners

Hawksmoor Partners

Founded in 2013 by a former currency hedge fund manager, Hawksmoor Partners has gone on to develop and implement the marketing strategy of fund managers and private offices from around the world. Hawksmoor’s public relations arm is run by ex-FT journalist Stuart Fieldhouse.



Prestige Funds

Prestige Funds

Established in 2007, Prestige consists of several companies under common ownership based in the UK and various international financial centres, specialising in alternative investment strategies with a focus on direct lending. The team consists of a diverse group of investment professionals who, including the board of directors, board of advisors, affiliates and retained consultants have served on numerous boards of international financial institutions, fund groups, asset management and wealth management groups. Combined the team has many decades of experience in various sectors of finance including commercial banking and lending, investment banking, stock broking, hedge fund management, private equity, financial markets trading and extensive experience in the management and operation of various alternative investments.



Investment managers wishing to attend Direct Lending Outlook Europe 2022 can do so by clicking here to purchase a ticket.

Institutional investors which commit capital to third party investment managers can attend Direct Lending Outlook Europe 2022 free of charge. Please click here to apply for a complimentary investor ticket.

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