Private credit

Private credit is a rapidly expanding asset class, offering investors attractive, secure yield potential and exposure to unique performance drivers.

Risk warning

The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.

A range of advantages
Private and alternative credit offer investors the potential for higher yield and lower risk, relative to similarly rated public bonds. Furthermore, exposure to economic drivers generally not available in the public credit markets can result in significant diversification benefits.
ESG is at the heart of our process
ESG is central to our investment capabilities. We look to deliver robust financial outcomes for our clients – as well as actively contributing to a fairer, more sustainable world. We focus on understanding the ESG risks and opportunities of our investments alongside other financial metrics to make better investment decisions and produce superior risk-adjusted returns for our clients.
Our capabilities
abrdn offers clients access to the major areas of Europe private credit, including commercial real estate debt, infrastructure debt, corporate private debt and fund financing among other areas. We currently manage over £10bn of capital across these strategies (as at 30 June 2021).

What we offer our clients

Commercial Real Estate Debt

Commercial real estate debt finances property across a range of sectors including office, industrial and retail, with security provided by the property itself.

Infrastructure Debt

Infrastructure debt finances social and economic projects which often have monopoly-like characteristics, providing investors with uncorrelated, high quality cash flows.

Corporate Debt

Private corporate lending can take many forms. Large corporates sometimes prefer to borrow privately to circumvent the constraints of public market issuance, and loans to mid-size corporates.

Fund Finance

We provide credit facilities to private equity funds so that they can bridge investment requirements without having to draw capital from their investors. The benefits across stakeholders include operational efficiency, enhanced internal-rate-of-returns (IRRs) and, in turn, less negative returns in the early years of an investment.

Jeremy Allcock

Head of Infrastructure Debt

Jeremy is the Head of the Infrastructure Debt Team with responsibility for sourcing, analysing and managing illiquid debt opportunities within agreed policy and mandate frameworks.

 

Prior to joining the company in September 2014, Jeremy was Head of the Public Sector Team at Nationwide Building Society. Whilst at Nationwide, his primary areas of focus had been in Infrastructure (primarily PFI) and Social Housing where he has over 20 years of experience. Jeremy has four years’ investment experience at abrdn and 36 years’ experience in banking & finance.

 

Prior to joining the company in September 2014, Jeremy was Head of the Public Sector Team at Nationwide Building Society. Whilst at Nationwide, his primary areas of focus had been in Infrastructure (primarily PFI) and Social Housing where he has over 20 years of experience. Jeremy has four years’ investment experience at abrdn and 36 years’ experience in banking & finance.

 

At Nationwide Building Society, Jeremy was personally involved in writing in excess of £1bn loans and led the Infrastructure team from inception to a book approaching £3bn at its peak. Deals sourced included some of the first PFI hospitals; the first gearing of an infrastructure fund; the first PFI Housing transaction and the first multi-authority procured street lighting project. 36 years in industry; 4 years at abrdn. Jeremy is also an associate at the Associate of the Institute of Bankers.

Neil Odom Haslett

Head of Commercial Real Estate Debt

Neil joined the company in 2013 and has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He started his career with NatWest and subsequently worked for a number of international banks, including Fortis, Eurohypo, RBS and Deutsche Pfandbrief Bank, where he was the only non-German domiciled person to be given the powers of a voting member of the credit committee.

 

Neil has extensive experience in both originating and restructuring in the UK and Europe. This has provided ample opportunity to both initiate new relationships with borrowers and maintain good working relationships in more challenging restructuring situations. Neil is also President of the Association of Property Lenders (the UK lending representative body) and has four years’ investment experience at abrdn, and over 30 years’ in the industry. Neil is also an associate at the Associate of the Institute of Bankers.

Albane Poulin

Head of European Private Placements

Albane has been the lead fund manager of the Secure Income and Cash Flow Fund since its inception in 2017, investing in a range of private credit asset classes including Private Placement, Infrastructure Debt and Commercial Real Estate Debt. Her responsibilities also include the origination of private placement on behalf of abrdn clients. She has credit research responsibilities on the public market covering peripheral utilities, and transport / infrastructure. She also manages a Credit Fund for a large insurance client where the objective is to take advantage of opportunities to collect illiquidity premium on the credit markets.

 

Albane joined the company as an Investment Director in 2015 following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management. Prior to this, she was credit analyst at Insight Asset Management where she was covering primarily Utilities, Energy and Transport. Albane has six years’ investment experience at abrdn and 11 years’ experience in the industry. Albane holds degree in MA Economics & Finance and MA Bank, Finance & International Trade.

 

Albane joined the company as an Investment Director in 2015 following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management. Prior to this, she was credit analyst at Insight Asset Management where she was covering primarily Utilities, Energy and Transport. Albane has six years’ investment experience at abrdn and 11 years’ experience in the industry. Albane holds degree in MA Economics & Finance and MA Bank, Finance & International Trade.

Shelley Morrison

Senior Investment Director

Shelley Morrison is a Senior Investment Director in Fund Financing at abrdn with extensive experience in the origination, structuring and execution of fund level debt facilities. She has been with the company since 2019. Before joining the company Shelley was a Relationship Director in the Fund Finance team at RBS for 6 years where she managed a portfolio of subscription loans, NAV loans and GP finance to global funds across Private Equity, Private Debt, Infrastructure and Real estate. Prior to that, she worked in structured asset finance at RBS and Lloyds for 10 years, with a focus on commercial ship finance. Shelley received a first class honours degree in Geography and an MSc in Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh.