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AviationPros Podcast: Addressing Trends and Concerns in the FBO Industry

Josh Ollek, managing director of William Blair’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services team, recently joined the AviationPros Podcast. Ollek discussed how high demand for private aviation—spurred by persistent delays and cancellations on commercial flights—has created a hangar shortage across the country. He also outlined electrification trends in private travel and among fixed-base operators.

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Understanding Increasingly Popular Holdco NAV Structures

NAV financing—loans to funds supported by the net asset value of their portfolios—has become increasingly popular with financial sponsors over the past year. This article, written in partnership with global law firm Proskauer Rose, outlines how the Holdco Structure helps navigate key considerations in NAV financings.

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The Quarterly Rx: Q1 2024 U.S. Biopharma Recap

Biopharma’s rebound came into full effect in Q1 2024. In this report, William Blair's biopharma team shares its perspectives on the biopharma environment in Q1 2024 and what to expect for the remainder of the year.

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Lender Competition Burns Through Winter Chill

The U.S. institutional leveraged loan market cooled in Q4 to close out a year characterized by lackluster deal flow, a persistent shift from syndicated markets to private capital, and high interest rates that took a toll on borrowers.

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Waiting for the Dam to Burst in Secondaries

Much of what can be said for the overall M&A market heading into 2024 can be said for secondaries—activity still hasn’t fully recovered, there’s a lot of capital on the sidelines, and global turmoil keeps getting in the way. In this quarterly update, we look back at 2023 and forward to 2024, with close looks at GP-led secondaries and the evolution of underserved areas.

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