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Direct Lending Funds and Brexit

What will Brexit mean for UK-focused direct lending funds?

Following last month’s vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, many investors will be wondering what sort of impact they can expect on their UK investments, and in particular they will be evaluating whether they should even continue to hold sterling-denominated assets. The outcome of the vote has been a shock to many, but this article will outline the fundamentals that continue to underpin the UK’s economic story post-Brexit (should it even occur) and in addition, the likely impact on UK-focused hedge fund strategies. As a specialist loan-based fund manager with almost 100% UK exposure, we feel we are well-placed to comment on the prospects for the UK in the coming years.

Why did the UK vote to leave?

Many investors and fund managers were shocked when they woke up to find the UK had voted to leave. Key among those reasons cited were a lack of control of the UK’s political processes, sovereignty, immigration (causing wage suppression), which has seen uncontrolled migration into the UK from elsewhere in the EU.

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