Private Credit In A Post-Covid World
The private credit industry has ballooned in the past decade, but fundraising has plateaued, and the damage caused to businesses due to the lockdowns designed to stem the spread of Covid-19 has led to some commentators questioning the wisdom of allocating to private credit strategies in the current environment.
Private Credit In A Post-Covid World is a series of 3 webinars designed to educate institutional and professional investors about some of the opportunities and risks involved in allocating to private debt managers in three of the constituent asset sub-classes in the industry.
Webinar 3: Real Estate Lending
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 2.30pm UK / 3.30PM CET / 9.30am Eastern
Commercial real estate has been hammered by the trend of more people working from home. With many conventional property funds gated, how can real estate lending strategies offer a different take on property? What’s the future for real estate lending, and and where specifically are the opportunities for investors? And what about the new housing boom?
Chris Bennett, Managing Director, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
Chris Bennett is an experienced real estate banker and a founder member of DekaBank’s UK real estate lending team, having previously been employed in the European Real Estate Securitisation team at Citigroup. Chris has worked for DekaBank since 2008, and took up the role as the Head of the London Branch in September 2018. DekaBank is a lender on core commercial property to established real estate platforms. Since 2008, DekaBank has underwritten over 90 transactions with a debt volume of c£10bn, secured on UK and Irish commercial real estate.
Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Cardiff University, and an MSc in Accounting and Management Science from Southampton University. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and member of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, Europe.
Anurag Sharma, Fund Manager, Lendinvest
Anurag Sharma is a Fund Manager at LendInvest and has 14 years of experience in financial services with a focus on debt restructuring and underwriting. Prior to joining LendInvest, Anurag was the Head of Loan Advisory at CBRE Capital Advisors where he led distressed debt advisory mandates across Europe covering both sell and buy side transactions. Anurag has led debt portfolio solution mandates with combined value exceeding £30bn across the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. While at CBRE, Anurag was instrumental in creating one of the largest loan valuation and underwriting practices in Europe. Prior to CBRE Anurag has worked at PwC, Deloitte and Barclays with a focus on debt structuring, restructuring and Real Estate M&A.
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