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Andy Thomson is a Senior Editor at PEI with responsibility for Private Debt Investor, the leading title focused on the world's private debt markets. Andy works closely with team members in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has been with PEI for many years, having worked previously on Private Equity International and Infrastructure Investor.

How to double up on fund finance

Bridging facilities are being used not just for more efficient deal execution, but also to get proceeds into the hands of LPs more quickly.

AIMA CEO: ‘We won’t rush’ into FCA working group

Jack Inglis says none of the organisation’s members have asked it to be part of the proposed group to discuss a reporting template.

Blackstone, Starwood execs view bank regs as mixed bag

Increased regulation is sparking a flight of professionals away from the banks and into a booming private debt funds industry, delegates heard from Blackstone executive Mike Nash and others at the REC New York Forum. 

Infrastructure may dodge tax bullet

New OECD rules that would restrict interest payments being deducted against tax include an exemption for ‘public benefit projects’.

Rule changes to give boost to China PPPs

An attempt to attract more private investment into infrastructure projects will take effect at the beginning of next week. 

Saudi Arabia project expert joins Baker and McKenzie

Basel Barakat, who has advised on many of Saudi Arabia’s large IPP and IWPP projects, has been hired from Hassan Mahassni.

UK relaxes rules to encourage fundraising

The UK government has unveiled plans to unlock further investment into private equity by doubling the amount that local councils can allocate to limited partnerships.

Freshfields pursues one stop legal shop

The law firm has launched a ‘fully integrated offering’ for private equity investors, infrastructure investors, sovereign wealth funds and so-called ‘alternative capital providers’, acknowledging that the investment strategies of many large, global financial investors have converged.

DLA Piper hires renewables expert in Seattle

The international law firm has recruited John Pierce as a partner in its Seattle corporate and finance practice from rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Roasati.

Legal and regulatory risk hinders Indonesian infra

The results of a new survey present a mixed bag as far as the future of infrastructure investing in Indonesia is concerned. While the potential of the country is recognised, there are strong reservations regarding its legal and regulatory frameworks.

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