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Alternatives Rock

The European alternative lending space has deepened considerably over the last few years, with many new players entering the market. Vicky Meek asks is there scope for further growth?

Jump Start

Providing debt to a business that is just eight months old is not the norm. Tim Johnston explains how Oxygen jumped the queue.

Out with the old

Could the ‘late-payment culture’ finally be overcome? Deborah Bell looks at how the ban on invoice assignments could help fuel UK SME growth

Spoilt for choice

Debt markets have been diversified since the global financial crisis first hit, and many borrowers have faced a bewildering array of cheap debt options. But with financial markets increasingly nervous, do companies need to get shopping while liquidity remains?

Full speed ahead

The value of asset-based lending (ABL) has been increasing at a steady 8% to 10% per annum over the past few years, hitting £140.6bn in the first six months of 2014, according to the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA).

Little black book

With banks retreating from providing long-dated finance, there is an opportunity for other funding sources. Chris Lowe gives his opinion about a shifting market.

One for all

Backing an MBO involving more than 300 shareholders is a pretty daunting task. Matthew Robinson of ICG explains how innovation and resilience ultimately brought success.

Alternative Finance

Specialist marine and aviation underwriter Beazley turned to the LSE's order book for retail bonds (ORB) to raise funding. Jason Sinclair explores an increasingly popular alternative to bank finance.

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Companies have faced challenging refinancing markets in 2012. Nevertheless, Fenton Burgin, debt advisory partner at Deloitte, says strong management and international prospects make refinancing possible, as in the case of LGC.