Keith Mullin is Editor-at-Large of International Financing Review (IFR). An accomplished journalist, editor and market commentator for over 25 years, Keith has covered a range of specialist market segments from debt, equity and loan capital markets to securitisation, financial derivatives, leveraged finance, emerging markets and others. He is the author of two hard-hitting analyses of the investment banking industry – "Global Investment Banks: Trends, Strategies and Performance (2006) and “After the Bailout: Future Directions in Investment Banking” (2009). Based in London, Keith is married with three children. He is Vice President of Save the Children.
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I’VE BEEN WATCHING with interest the emergence of direct lending funds in Europe over the past couple of years and I’ve been moved to pose a question.
I’ve been watching with interest the emergence of direct lending funds in Europe over the past couple of years and I’ve been moved to pose a question.
THEY SAY IT’S all about timing. And it definitely was for IFR’s 17th annual bank capital conference, which I chaired last week in London. It was a fabulous affair: not even standing room in our packed auditorium for the morning sessions and a crowd watching proceedings from the live relay screen outside. At one point, our security team told us they wouldn’t let anyone else in because of health and safety concerns.