Liam Proud joined Breakingviews in 2016. He previously worked as digital content editor at the Natural History Museum, and as deputy business features editor at the London newspaper City A.M. Liam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a degree in philosophy.
The asset manager is buying the chunk of insurance company Athene it doesn’t own. The deal cleans up the structure, and Apollo is paying a cheap price. But it may become more stodgy investment firm than racy buyout shop. And its managers are a far cry from the Sage of Omaha.
The collapse of Greensill has highlighted risks in the $1.3 trillion supply chain finance market. The crisis will make investors and companies more wary of the funding tool, and force tougher rules on disclosure and accounting. That points to a smaller, more boring business.
Credit Suisse suspended $10 bln of funds linked to the SoftBank-backed group. It grew quickly by helping companies raise money from invoices but is under pressure from overexposure to hard-to-value loans for magnate Sanjeev Gupta. Funding may now be scarcer and more expensive.