Msquared Announces Joint Venture with EG Funds

Msquared Capital has announced a joint venture with EG Funds to further enhance Msquared’s offering to investors by utilising EG’s proprietary platforms, PRISMS, to assist the team in applying an equity and debt lens on each prospective loan. The platform’s unique data, collected over more than 20 years, will also ensure that risks and credit quality are thoroughly assessed to safeguard investor funds.

The joint venture also means that EG Funds will be able to offer investors the opportunity to diversify into the private debt market to service capital products for quality residential real estate and industrial sites across the eastern seaboard of Australia

Australia’s Debt Market

The debt market has historically been tightly held by major banks, but it is becoming increasingly prevalent for borrowers to access credit through non-bank lenders due to the traditional lenders placing strict criteria on capital products. These restrictions have become more rigorous during the volatile market, which leaves borrowers and mortgage brokers turning to alternative lenders for funds.

Paul Miron, Managing Director, Msquared Capital, said:

“The appetite for private debt has skyrocketed over the past few years with no signs of slowing. This joint venture with EG enables us to capitalise on this growing demand, working together to provide more opportunities for both borrowers and investors. Against a backdrop of market volatility, investors seek opportunities to diversify and secure strong returns, and private credit backed by property offers great appeal.”

Rodney Walt, Head of Private Wealth, EG, said:

“EG constantly explores new opportunities to uncover great returns for our investors within the real estate market during a variety of market conditions. After extensive consultation, we are confident that Msquared Capital is the right cultural fit for a joint venture due to our aligned core values that will help solidify a strong partnership that generates outstanding, consistent returns and a positive impact.

As lending from the major banks declines, we have recognised a funding gap within the market. That’s why private debt has been viewed as the ideal opportunity for our investors. The joint venture supports an underserved market, with capital secured by quality real estate in Australia to further enhance returns for our investors.”

About EG Funds

Founded in 2000, EG has $5.1 billion under management, servicing institutional investors and wholesale clients by generating outstanding returns with lasting social impact. With $3.9 billion in the development pipeline and 16.7% per annum in realised IRR for institutional funds, EG is committed to finding a better path to better returns.

About Msquared Capital

Msquared Capital is a private credit provider founded in 2017, offering investment opportunities backed by quality property along the eastern seaboard of Australia. Operating three funds; High Yield, Contributory, and the Conservative Fund, which has received an Evergreen rating, Msquared Capital offers strong risk-mitigated returns of up to 9 per cent. Msquared Capital offers these opportunities with the combined experience of the directors and leadership team, spanning a total of 100 years in banking, finance, property, and funds management.



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How is it that a bank with a 166-year history, managing $1.6 trillion only a year ago, rapidly came crashing down?

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The official RBA Cash Rate has increased for the 10th consecutive time – unprecedented in our modern economic history. We have now reached a stage where it is becoming unnerving as to when our path of rate increases will halt. More disturbingly, this is happening worldwide – not just in Australia.

Central bankers are becoming unhinged and seem to disregard the inevitable financial consequences of a recession as long they win the short-term battle against the unfriendly foe of inflation.

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