Since the Global Financial Crisis, private capital has transformed the U.S. economy and, increasingly, the global economy. Private capital is now a key source of liquidity that fuels the growth of middle market businesses, and the development of infrastructure, real property and other asset classes.
In fact, today the private market accounts for almost $6 trillion of assets under management in the U.S. alone and is growing. Meanwhile, the private market, how it works and what's driving this growth, is still not generally well-known or understood.
That is why we are thrilled to introduce Private Market Talks. In this podcast, hosted by Peter Antoszyk, we feature leading asset managers, investors, and other capital allocators to discuss their strategies and stories, explore this fast-growing industry and learn the secrets of their success.
This week on Private Market Talks, Warburg Pincus’ Head of Sustainability Strategy, Leela Ramnath invites us to look at how ESG drives growth. Leela is one of the leaders in a private equity working group that developed a methodology to analyze key ESG factors specific to the unique needs of companies, and which are vital for achieving long term growth, resiliency and sustainability.
On the podcast, Leela helps identify the link between a company’s performance and its ability to have access to capital, through their ESG priorities and data reporting. She uncovers the fundamental issues and concepts that constitute ESG and how management teams can better understand how those issues influence a company’s success.
Welcome to Season Two of Private Market Talks. We start this season with a conversation with Kevin Foley, Global Head of Debt Capital Markets for J.P. Morgan, the world’s largest bank. J.P. Morgan is a major player across the financial markets and Kevin is uniquely positioned to discuss a wide range of topics related to debt and global economic activity.
Over the course of the episode, Kevin and host Peter Antoszyk compare today’s economic landscape to its activity when they last spoke, in the Fall of 2022. They also dive into interest rate trends, corporate credit fundamentals and the future of private credit before rounding the conversation with views on the M&A market and a few quick-fire questions. We hope you enjoy this episode of Private Market Talks.
This week on Private Market Talks, Neuberger Berman’sSusan Kasserdiscusses the specific values at the core of building a top-tier private debt group as well as each investment decision. She also talks about the three “C’s” for creating a successful team and offers an insightful, self-proven piece of advice.
Later in the episode, Susan looks back at the evolution of private debt and we hear her thoughts on what’s been done right over the past 20 years in terms of investments, what’s to be improved and where is the asset class going. Finally, Susan shares her thoughts on what portfolio managers can do to prepare for unforeseen dislocations in a post-pandemic environment.
This week on Private Market Talks,MidCap Financial’s Clare Bailhéjoins us to talk about what it’s like to build, scale and manage a market-leading credit investment platform. In 2008 – a pivotal year for the financial industry – Clare and her team formed MidCap and embarked on a $500 million fundraise. Since then, they have grown exponentially, and now have $45 billion of assets under management.
Clare shares with us the challenges and opportunities she faced launching a finance platform in 2008, why she and her partners decided to join forces with Apollo and why having the same team at MidCap since its launch has been pivotal to success. She also shares the three most valuable lessons she’s learned managing business growth.
In this episode of Private Market Talks, CEO and co-founder of Novata, Alex Friedman helps contextualize the evolving conversation around ESG and demystifies how companies and their investors assess ESG compliance and goals.
During our conversation, Alex talks about how Novata is working to develop objective data so that companies and their investors can set ESG goals, track progress and unearth how they’ve fared – all relative to their peers. He discusses how Novata’s proprietary database aims to allow CEOs and investors to begin to set ESG benchmarks, which help public and private companies identify ESG risk factors and develop mitigation strategies.
On the latest episode of Private Market Talks, we dive into the world of private equity withMatt Nacier, principal at Lincolnshire Management and member of the firm’s origination team. Lincolnshire Management is a middle market-focused private equity firm and an owner-operator in the truest sense.
During the discussion, Matt shares how Lincolnshire’s approach to growing founder-owned businesses means seeing what others may not, rolling their sleeves up on things “that necessarily wouldn’t survive an elevator pitch” and creating flexibility for themselves, their LPs and their business management teams. He also touches on the relationship between private equity and private credit, the impact an economic swing will have on portfolios and why there is no such thing as a perfect business.
Jonathan Grayer, Chairman and CEO of Imagine Learning, has been an executive, an owner, a founder, and a growth investor. In episode seven of Private Market Talks, Jonathan takes us through his history as CEO and Chairman of Kaplan; founder of Weld North; partnerships with KKR, Silverlake and Onex; and management and investment in Imagine Learning, which today is the largest provider of K-12 digital curriculum to U.S. school systems.
Jonathan also shares his thoughts about assessing talent, and what it takes to be a successful operator and investor, including why the things that go wrong are just as important as those that go right.
Venture capital is a unique asset class. In this episode, Jason Shuman, General Partner at Primary VC, gives us a window into his world of early-stage venture capital investing and discusses the multitude of stars that must align to lead to success. Jason shares his perspective on the venture investment landscape, what he looks for in founders when making a “go/no go” investment decision, the importance of the founder-investor relationship, and where he sees opportunities, challenges, and strategies for early-stage venture investing. He also takes us into the room and describes how one venture fund dealt with the days leading up to and immediately following the failure of Silicon Valley Bank.
As capital allocators look out at the global and domestic landscape, escalating geopolitical risks cannot be ignored. Change is happening rapidly and capital allocators are looking for new ways to understand and assess these risks. This is why we are thrilled to welcome Tina Fordham, Founder of Fordham Global Foresight, to Private Market Talks.
As private credit lenders move up market, Mike Ewald, partner at Bain Capital Credit, joins the Private Market Talks podcast to discuss how big the market might get, when – and if – the syndicated market comes back, and what competition between banks and direct lenders might look like in the future. In the wide-ranging discussion, Mike also shares his thoughts on the shrinking denominator effect, rising interest rates and what he sees in the private equity industry as a credit investor.
On Episode 3 of Private Market Talks, Carlyle’s Justin Plouffe, managing director and deputy chief investment officer for Global Credit, talks about opportunities for credit investors in the current environment and what he’s keeping his eyes on in the coming months. From what’s powering growth in the market to how he assesses deals, Justin’s unique perspective is a must-listen for investors, borrowers and others across the private capital landscape.
In this installment of Private Market Talks, Brent Humphries, President and Founding Member of AB Private Credit Investors, speaks with us from his home in Austin, Texas. Over the course of the episode, Brent shares his thoughts on the connection between driving Alpha and platform design, the resiliency of software/SaaS companies in the middle market and much, much more.
In the first episode of Private Market Talks, host Peter Antoszyk sits down with Dan Pietrzak, co-head of Private Credit at KKR. Peter and Dan talk about their journeys in private credit, the importance of culture in building and scaling a successful team, and navigating opportunities and headwinds in private credit.
Welcome to Proskauer’s Private Market Talks with Peter Antoszyk
The private market has exploded over the last 10 years. But how it works is less obvious. Come join host Peter Antoszyk in conversations with leading investors, asset managers and other capital allocators while we take a fresh look at what’s driving investors to pour billions of dollars into this alternative market. Together, we’ll hear their strategies and stories. And learn the secrets of their success.