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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.

Valuation free-for-all

Regulators' recent remarks have heightened confusion about how to value portfolios in today’s volatile economic climate, writes Andy Thomson.

Europe’s new defender

Richard Wilson has a lot on his plate as he prepares to negotiate for regulation the European private equity industry can live with.

Experts lend weight to criticism of EC directive

Industry groups and experts continue to speak out against the European Commission's proposed alternative investment directive, arguing it would place an unfair burden on Europe’s private equity industry.

Feature: Shanghai’s dark cloud

The ability of China’s largest city to become a major global fund formation centre hinges on the unpredictable attitude of central government, writes Andy Thomson.

RE V Infra: A turf war’s first skirmishes?

As an asset class, infrastructure may one day be as big as real estate – assuming the latter doesn’t annex much of the former. Andy Thomson, editor of PERE's sister publication Infrastructure Investor, takes a closer look.

Partners Group moves into Paris

Partners Group, the Switzerland-based private markets investment manager, has continued its international expansion with the launch of a new office in Paris. The firm, which now has 15 offices in total around the world, has opened five of these offices since the beginning of last year.

Palmer Capital heralds march into renewables infra

Alex Price, chief executive of real estate manager Palmer Capital, says his firm’s new UK solar park fund – which is aiming to raise £52m – could herald a trend of real estate funds targeting the renewable energy infrastructure space.

Equity-shy pensions embracing alternative assets

A shift in strategy by pension funds worldwide means they now comprise around half of alternative asset managers' investor base, according to a recent survey. The survey also shows pensions’ already strong appetite for real estate continuing to grow as they seek to diversify away from equities.

CBRE appoints new head of infrastructure

The global real estate services giant has recruited Umer Ahmad from Barclays as its new head of infrastructure, focusing on financial advisory services. His appointment follows the firm’s recent hire of Sir Andrew Foster as a strategic advisor on infrastructure.

UK relaxes rules to encourage fundraising

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

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