Having published our first-ever “Most Influential” and “Rainmakers” rankings last year – based on those who have transformed the asset class in the former case, and those who have had made their mark in capital raising in the latter – PDI now brings you our inaugural list of youthful achievers, the Rising Stars 2019.

How did we draw up the list? Initially, we sought nominations from the market, supplemented by supporting evidence in the form of key
achievements. All nominees had to be under 40 years of age on 1 April 2019, and we asked that each person from within a nominator’s own organisation should be accompanied by a recommendation from someone outside that firm.

This process ensured a wide range of candidates to choose from, and we are extremely appreciative of the strong response from the market. However, this was only part of the process. Some candidates were selected by the editorial team, despite us not having received a nomination on their behalf. From our own experience of their talents, we simply felt they could not be overlooked.

As with our previous rankings, we found this an extremely interesting exercise and congratulate those in the list that follows. It is also worth noting that outside this list of 30 were many other worthy challengers. It is surprising how many notable achievements have been racked up by individuals who may have been exposed to the asset class for less than a decade. The overall conclusion was that the future of private debt appears to be in safe hands.