Gareth Henry, head of global investor relations for many renowned U.S.-based investment management companies is a man who is top of his game. He has worked with a number of companies throughout his career in the investment industry. A graduate of the University of Edinburg with Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics, Gareth Henry is a man rich in experience.
His extensive experience and knowledge in alternative asset management has enabled him offer cutting-edge solutions in the at-times complex world of private credit. His proactive approach has been beneficial in creating awareness and raising substantial funds for investors in the industry.
There are three main factors inherent in the strong growth of the private credit sector in the recent years. These factors include:
Increasing regulations on banks in the wake of the 2008 recession. Banks have experienced regulatory guidelines after the 2008 financial crisis and as a result most of them have thinned down on credit offerings to private companies especially those in the middle market area. Due to these regulatory changes, banks have become more strict and cautious when originating loans.
There are increasing regulations on transparency of public companies. In the wake of many accounting scandals, regulators have come up with stringent guidelines upon which a public company has to operate within, thus increasing disclosure.
Quarterly reporting. The quarterly financial reporting by companies has made most companies management to be proactive to avoid lashing from investors when they fall short of expectations. The quarterly reporting puts pressure on the management to perform in both the long and short terms.
Throughout his career, Gareth Henry has executed many firsthand private credit and equity deals for various institutional investors. Gareth notes that there is an increasing trend for firms shifting towards direct deals and single asset investments in both private equity and private credit. He quips that this trend is likely to change the landscape of direct investing.
Mr. Gareth Henry has worked with a number of prominent investment firms across the globe. He previously worked at Fortress Investments as the head of International Investor relations. Prior to his career at Fortress, he was the Director of Strategic Solutions at Schroders in London. He has also worked as an investment manager at SEI Investments and as an analyst at Watson Wyatt LLP.