SME Lending and the Rise of Private Debt
Private debt is a compelling asset class, offering investors downside protection in a turbulent market environment. Assets under management have reached a record level of over $760bn and market participants expect this asset class to grow in 2019. A niche market in private debt is lending to SMEs or small and medium-sized enterprises. Learn about the most attractive opportunities and the evolving role of banks in this space. Hear case studies of loans made and returns achieved, prompting investors to increase their exposure to the SME asset class over time.

Following the panel discussion, share your views on whether private debt may fit into your clients' portfolios as you network over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
13 June 2019
6:00 PM Registration
6:30 PM Event Begins
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Networking reception will follow.
BNP Paribas Asset Management
5 Aldermanbury Square
London , EC2V 7BP, United Kingdom
Lindsey McMurray
Pollen Street Capital

Dominick Peasley
Funding Circle

Gaëlle Philippe-Viriot
BNP Paribas Asset Management

Andrew Raphaely
365 Business Finance

Ashley Knight
BNP Paribas Asset Management
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Lindsey McMurray
Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Lindsey founded Pollen Street Capital in 2013 and is the managing partner as well as chairman of the investment committee.Lindsey has been a private equity investor for more than 20 years with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector. Before she founded Pollen Street Capital, Lindsey led the team managing the £1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund within RBS and also spent six years as a Partner at Cabot Square Capital, focusing on operating investments in real estate and other asset backed investments, together with investments in the financial services sector.Lindsey serves as non-executive director of a number of portfolio companies including Shawbrook Bank, Cashflows Europe and Bidx1.She has a First-Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and studied for an MPhil in Finance from Strathclyde University.Outside of work Lindsey is a keen runner having successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2007 and 2011. She also supports a number of charities with a particular focus on mentoring children in state schools and a number of projects in Africa.

Dominick Peasley
Head of Distribution, Funding Circle

Dominick is Head of Distribution within Capital Markets. Prior to FC he co-founded fund placement agency, Capital-B. Prior to this he was head of Fund Distribution for Lombard Odier IM and head of European Fund Distribution for Ashmore Group. Dominick worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management heading UK sales and the Global Financial Institutions group, he also worked at structured credit hedge fund Cambridge Place. Dominick started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he also holds a Masters in Engineering from Durham University.

Gaëlle Philippe-Viriot
Origination & Structuring Manager, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Gaëlle is a Origination and Structuring Manager for the SME Alternative Financing Team, part of BNP Paribas Asset Management’s Private Debt and Real Assets group. In this role, Gaelle is responsible for the underwriting, monitoring and reporting of the loans and for managing the relationships with the SME Alternative Financing platform’s investors. She is based in London. Prior to her current role, she was Head of ABS Investments at AXA Investment Managers since 2002 where she supervised the management of securitization portfolios and developed innovative private debt investment products. She previously worked for two years at Natexis Banque Populaires as a Senior Structurer of securitization transactions. Prior to that, she was Vice President Senior Analyst at Moody’s Investors Services where she spent six years in the Structured Finance Department. Gaëlle has 23 years of investment experience. Gaëlle is a PCS Association board member. She graduated from French business school ESSEC in 1992.

Andrew Raphaely
CEO, 365 Business Finance

Andrew graduated from the university of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Honours in Accounting from University of South Africa. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, he worked in asset management and wealth advisory. In 2006 he co-founded the Ashton group, a multi family office fund of hedge fund portfolio. As a result of the global financial crisis in 2008, Andrew started identifying fixed income securities for his clients. He saw that small businesses had been neglected by the banking sector and that alternative finance was an untapped alternative for these small businesses. Seeing that Merchant Cash Advance was a massive industry in America and a fledging industry in the UK, he established 365 Business Finance as a Merchant Cash Advance provider to UK companies. 365 Business Finance is based on the principles of transparency, fairness and responsible lending.

Ashley Knight
Investment Associate, Mercer

Ashley is a member of Mercer's investment team in London where she focuses on sourcing, conducting due diligence on and investing across Private Debt and Private Equity investments. Ashley also sits on Mercer's Sustainable Opportunities Investment Committee. Previously, she was a Product Specialist at Credit Suisse in Singapore where she worked with family offices across Southeast Asia on strategic asset allocation across Private Equity, Hedge Fund and managed Real Estate investments. Ashley began her career at State Street Bank in Boston through their premier Professional Development Program where she worked across their Trading and Fund Solution businesses. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College where she graduated with honours.
BNP Paribas Asset Management
BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions. Managing and advising EUR 560 billion in assets as at 30 June 2018, BNP Paribas Asset Management offers a comprehensive range of active, passive and quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and regions. With more than 500 investment professionals and more than 400 client servicing specialists, BNP Paribas Asset Management serves individual, corporate and institutional investors in 72 countries around the world. Since 2002, BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable and responsible investing.
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