Beyond Banks: The Emerging Opportunity in European Direct Lending (BNY Mellon)

October 2013

KEYWORDS: regulatory requirements, Hedge Fund Regulation, capital markets, disintermediation, investor protection, Emerging Markets, European Union, EU, European, direct lending, leverage, portfolio management, portfolio diversification, banks


Charles Dolan, CFA; Ralph Goldsticker, CFA; Chris Harris, CFA

  • BNY Mellon


The tightening of regulations around the world is prompting banks to offload a variety of financial assets onto the capital markets. This disintermediation process is giving investors access to investment opportunities that were previously the exclusive remit of banks. We believe that the investments being created by banks’ partial withdrawal from lending offers attractive potential returns and supply and demand dynamics. While many investors are aware that disintermediation is taking place, we believe that some remain confused about the scale and timing of the opportunity. While conventional wisdom holds that this opportunity has played itself out, we believe that evidence shows this not to be the case. Over the next three years, the combination of maturities in the institutional loan market and private equity capital commitments means that supply in this area will easily exceed €100 billion in Europe, even in the absence of further European bank deleveraging. From the perspective of an institutional investor, we consider the liquidity, expected returns and other characteristics of these securities and offer practical approaches as to how they might best be incorporated into a portfolio.

Related Research and Data