From the 28th of September to the 5th of October, a team of ACPI Investments specialists will be visiting Chile to discuss opportunities in European private debt. In an exclusive interview with Funds Society, Luigi Bellini, partner and Head of the Institutional and Family Office platform at ACPI, talks about investment opportunities offered by the European alternative lending market. According to Bellini,the difference between the demand for loan financing and loan availability is particularly acute in Europe, where banks have traditionally played a major role in the capital market.
"Following the global financial crisis, bank lending remains constrained, and there are borrowers with good characteristics who wish to borrow. Meanwhile investors are looking for fixed income strategies that offer uncorrelated returns with low volatility" said Bellini.
ACPI is active in the private loan market, targeting asset-backed loans in the range USD10-30mn with a 2-3 year maturity. ACPI looks for relationship-sourced loans with short maturity and good asset backing as it believes these offer an attractive risk reward profile. Having being active in private loans for some years, ACPI now intends to launch a private loan fund to capitalize on the opportunity in the European private loan space.
“We have put a lot of thought into how to structure the fund”, said Bellini. “We believe prospective investors will respond positively to our approach”
The Latin American Market
As regards Latin America, ACPI has placed a lot of emphasis and effort in the region, and will continue to do so in the coming years. In a few days, Bellini and his team will be visiting Chile, one of the region’s most mature markets, where the firm has an established group of clients. "Chile is a market that has traditionally been more influenced by the United States, now is a good time to start talking about European markets, and there is quite a bit of appetite for private transactions" said Bellini.
ACPI Investments also has relationships with investors from Mexico and Brazil and has two other markets in the region within its radar screen: Colombia and Peru.
ACPI Investments’ Background
ACPI Investments Limited (“IL”) was established in 2001 and is headquartered in London, specializes in wealth management, taking care of the financial interests of some 95 families worldwide. ACPI offers a wide range of investment opportunities including via its managed funds and private equity and private debt.
ACPI Investments Group Limited manages more than 3.5 billion dollars in assets through a number of subsidiaries. It has offices in South Africa and Jersey and in India via a joint venture with a local company.
ACPI IL is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom and registered with the SEC.
ACPI IM Limited is based in Jersey and authorised by the JFSC.