Leslie Vargas, CFA

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Leslie Vargas, CFA

Leslie is Vice President – Private Debt, at Swiss Re in New York. She focuses on the strategy, management, and outsourcing of investment mandates covering commercial real estate loans and direct lending. Her responsibilities include screening, due diligence, selection and monitoring of private debt investment managers. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Leslie worked at Bloomberg LP as a team leader in Equity Capital Markets. At Bloomberg, she also held various data analyst roles and authored articles in Bloomberg Markets magazine and Bloomberg Brief newsletters highlighting dividend forecasts and capital markets activity. In addition, she appeared on Bloomberg TV and Radio providing commentary on the IPO market. Leslie earned a BS cum laude in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Richmond and is a CFA charterholder.

November 2020

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3rd Annual Private Credit Outlook

Deleveraging and newly imposed regulatory restrictions have hindered traditional bank lenders activity, and in turn restricted the capital available to many segments of the US and global economies. This has created a tremendous opportunity for alternative lenders to step in to fill the void. Attracted by the enhanced yield profile available in the private credit market, alternative lenders, such as specialty lenders, hedge funds, BDCs and other private pools of capital have helped to re-introduce market liquidity.

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