Bill Blain

Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Bill Blain to MacroVoices. Erik and Bill discuss:

  • Stock Market Behaviour
  • Inflation, Supply Chains & Economic Growth
  • Agriculture & Bond Markets
  • EU Politics
  • Energy Security
  • China’s Nuclear Energy & Military Capabilities 


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Bill has been a pioneer of the Alternatives sector in the institutional investment markets. He has been closely involved in the financing of renewable energy, sports, waste-to-energy, agri-funding, transatlantic fibre-optic cables, property and aviation finance projects. He has built up an unparalleled list of buy and sell side clients. His experience of what makes deals work and how to approach financing them is unrivalled.

Bill has nearly 40 years investment banking market experience – primarily in debt markets. He started in the middle office of Morgan Stanley, served time as a financial journalist for Euromoney and Bloomberg, before becoming a syndicate manager and then originator in the debt capital markets. He became head of the Financial Institutions Groups at Bear Stearns and then HSBC. In 2007 he left to found a leveraged-credit hedge fund, but the financial crisis of 2008 caused him to successfully redirect the team into “special-situations” broking illiquid bank debt and capital. That group evolved into a specialist real-asset financing business in the Alternative Markets: private debt and equity, hybrid capital, securitisation, direct lending, SME lending and convertibles.

Bill was recently appointed honorary professor at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he lectures on the post-graduate investment management course.