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Co-Head, Private Debt & Capital Markets – EMEA
Stephen leads the Transaction Management Group for Private Debt & Capital Markets at SANNE. He is responsible for the new business take-on process for the division across all jurisdictions in which Sanne operates.
Stephen joined SANNE from a global investment bank where he managed the capital markets administration team. Stephen is a Chartered Secretary and has over 10 years’ experience in the finance industry specialising in the administration of debt finance transactions, debt funds, specialist loan funds, MTN programmes and securitisations.
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Private Debt Fund Administration
We provide a specialist service, spanning multiple jurisdictions, supported by experienced people and industry-leading loan administration systems. Teams work exclusively on debt funds and underlying SPVs for many of the world’s leading asset managers. We ensure availability at all stages of the transaction execution period and have the experience to properly implement legal and tax advice. Our experience within debt funds include the following strategies:
Direct Lending and Commercial Loans
Funds may include senior loans, including bank debt such as VFNs and RCFs, direct lending and sponsorless debt, small-cap mezzanine and corporate loans. We also perform value added services to managers such as borrower KYC on direct loans.
Non-performing secured and unsecured loans
With a focus on transaction management and financial reporting, our team works with major NPL managers acquiring distressed CRE loans, residential mortgages and personal finance portfolios across Europe including management companies relating to the portfolios.
Real Estate Finance
Real estate loans including senior, stretch senior and mezzanine facilities. We also provide loan administration services including providing an outsourced portfolio reporting and covenant tracking service to asset managers.
Large-cap and mid-market LBO deals across senior and subordinated debt tranches whether on a primary or secondary basis.
Infrastructure debt and project finance
Senior and mezzanine infrastructure debt and project finance including renewable energy and carbon credit orientated funds.
Structured credit and special situations
RMBS, CMBS, CDS, CLOs and other structured credit solutions.
Loan agency and security trustee services
SANNE was the first independent provider to enter the European market and deliver ISAE3402 accredited services to asset managers in the nascent direct lending and private real estate finance market. Our loan agency services have proven to be flexible, cost effective and conflict-free – for both lenders and borrowers. The team comprises highly experienced professionals from the banking industry, as well as buy side asset managers, resulting in a comprehensive, commercial approach to a key service within debt market transactions.
In addition to primary loan agency appointments, SANNE has frequently been appointed as replacement agent in situations where the incumbent’s position has become untenable or lenders have proactively decided to change the counterparty. We are also able to act as note trustee and escrow agent, completing the all in one service required by clients, with our service characterised by independence and integrity. Our agency team provides a wealth of experience and a responsive service for clients across the life cycle of any deal, including transaction closing, ongoing provision of accurate and timely information, cash movements and ensuring the necessary protocols are followed upon restructuring.
SANNE acts as independent facility agent and security trustee for leading asset managers, financial institutions and international corporates.