Private Credit

An asset class combining potential for yield and exposure to unique performance drivers.

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.

Fund Financing Fireside Chat

P&I 2023 Fixed Income & Credit Interview

Important information

Alternative investments involve specific risks that may be greater than those associated with traditional investments; are not suitable for all clients; and intended for experienced and sophisticated investors who meet specific suitability requirements and are willing to bear the high economic risks of the investment. Investments of this type may engage in speculative investment practices; carry additional risk of loss, including possibility of partial or total loss of invested capital, due to the nature and volatility of the underlying investments; and are generally considered to be illiquid due to restrictive repurchase procedures. These investments may also involve different regulatory and reporting requirements, complex tax structures, and delays in distributing important tax information.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

What we offer our clients

Primary investments

Primary investments are those made in private equity funds during their initial capital-raising. A portfolio of primary fund investments, also known as a fund-of-funds, gives investors access to the expertise of multiple fund managers and a variety of companies through a single investment. Our long experience as a primary investor means our clients can benefit from the following:
  • A rigorous, time-tested evaluation process
  • Access to leading managers globally, providing exceptional choice of opportunities
  • More than 25 years of relationship building, so we fully know our general partners and can be confident in our investment decisions
  • A process with ESG interaction at its core

Secondary investments

Secondary investments involve the buying and selling of pre-existing investor commitments to private equity funds. We are well placed and active in the secondary market where our deep relationships, strong reputation and network of intermediaries give us a distinct advantage and allow us to offer our clients excellent access to this market.

Co-investments

Private equity co-investments, or direct investments, are investments made alongside another GP directly into companies. There are many benefits to co-investing, including the ability to gain exposure to what we believe are attractive investment opportunities whilst avoiding a layer of fees. Again, our strong, long-standing relationships with GPs, combined with our proven experience, mean we are leading players in this segment of the market.

Investment Trust

The investment objective is to achieve long-term total returns through holding a diversified portfolio of private equity funds and direct investments into private companies alongside private equity managers (“co-investments”), a majority of which will have a European focus.
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Case study: Fund financing

A tailor-made approach to fund financing

We detail the custom fund-financing solution we created to meet the specific requirements and return goals of a large U.S. insurance company.

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Meet the team

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.

 

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.

Shelley Morrison

Head of Fund Finance

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.