The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-07T02:30:51Z La Trobe Financial receives Australia’s Non-Bank Lender of the Year Award 2020-07-07T02:30:51Z la-trobe-financial-receives-australia-s-non-bank-lender-of-the-year-award-1 Monday, 6 July 2020 – La Trobe Financial announced today that it has been judged Australia’s Non-Bank Lender of the Year in Money magazine’s prestigious 2020 Consumer Finance Awards.  Money magazine considered a number of factors when judging the award, and concluded that La Trobe Financial had scored the highest across the seven core dimensions of product range, business strength, ability to raise lending capital, innovation, corporate transparency, loan quality and customer depth. La Trobe Financial’s Chief Lending Officer Cory Bannister said, “We are delighted to be recognised as Non-Bank Lender of the Year, especially during the past six months of market volatility. We are committed to providing financial solutions for under-served customers and have been doing this since 1952.” “We believe that today, more than ever, the non-bank sector plays an important role in supporting the financial needs of Australians. With this in mind, we remain focused on innovating a number of key finance products to meet gaps in the market,” said Bannister. La Trobe Financial’s David Bleakley Deputy Chief Lending Officer and a veteran of the industry, said he was pleased to receive this important recognition - “With $11 billion in assets under management, we are truly focused on making a difference in people’s lives by helping them achieve financial security. We have a strong and dedicated management team and this recognition is a testament to their hard work.” About La Trobe Financial With A$11 billion of assets under management, La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s leading diversified wealth managers, specialising in funding and investment solutions. Since 1952, La Trobe Financial has been a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors, operating Australia's largest retail Credit Fund with $5 billion in assets under management and 45,000 retail investors. It is 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with more than US$538 billion of assets under management worldwide. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences to operate and place RMBS issuances.   For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.   Media enquires: Cory Bannister, Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer +61 403 361 026 Bridget Crowe, Head of Corporate Affairs & Marketing +61 431 319 705 Caterina Nesci, Head of Foundation & Product Marketing +61 422 270 474 La Trobe Financial re-opens capital markets with $1.25 billion La Trobe Financial RMBS issuance 2020-1 2020-05-14T00:22:31Z la-trobe-financial-re-opens-capital-markets-with-1-25-billion-la-trobe-financial-rmbs-issuance-2020-1 12 May 2020 – Blackstone portfolio company, La Trobe Financial, has stunned capital market observers with a benchmark $1.25 billion RMBS raising – the largest securitisation globally since the coronavirus took hold in March – effectively re-opening Australian debt capital markets and confirming Australian residential mortgages as a global safe harbour investment. La Trobe Financial, with $11 billion in assets under management, saw support from global investment houses in Asia, the US and Europe and from Australian institutional investors. The strength of support was seen in the strong level of over-subscription across all notes, as well as excellent pricing outcomes in a volatile market. Notably, while the Federal Government’s Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) was closely involved with the deal, investor demand was such that no AOFM investment was required. Martin Barry, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Treasurer & Strategy Officer commented, "We are pleased to have been able to return markets to some level of normality post the onset of the coronavirus with the raising of $1.25 billion from global and domestic investors – which is the largest securitisation transaction since the coronavirus took hold. This transaction confirms the strength of our platform and the quality of our underlying assets as ‘safe harbour’ assets in a difficult global investment environment. We are also delighted to have the support of the AOFM through this transaction. Whilst they were ultimately not required to purchase our bonds, their presence and decisiveness was a critical underpinning to investor confidence in the transaction." La Trobe Financial’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Greg O’Neill OAM, commented, "Congratulations to our treasury deal team in securing a benchmark $1.25 billion transaction not just for La Trobe Financial, but for capital markets in Australia. The team has shown that, even in difficult markets, we are recognised as bringing to the table a quality platform and an outstanding ability to execute. We are pleased to recognise the ongoing support for the industry from the AOFM and its role in continuing to buttress Australia’s reputation as a destination for global investors." The AOFM’s Structured Financial Support Fund (SFSF) was announced on 19 March 2020 as a $15 billion fund established to enable smaller lenders, who often drive innovation and provide competition, to continue supporting Australian consumers and small business. As well as its involvement in the current La Trobe Financial transaction, the AOFM has utilised the SFSF to support two prior transactions. It is also working to implement a forbearance facility, to support RMBS and warehouse cash flows through the coronavirus hardship phase. The proceeds of the issue will be used by La Trobe Financial to continue writing home and business loans for ordinary Australians at a critical time in the history of our economy. Barry commented, "We welcomed three new investors to our already 46 investor-strong RMBS program and are delighted by the interest we have received both offshore and domestically as we build on our diverse investor base. We remain good stewards of other people’s capital and this enables us to obtain and maintain the trust of our clients – this is the real asset of the company." "With this RMBS transaction we achieved competitive pricing, notwithstanding increased levels of market supply and note participation from 15 domestic and seven international investors from Europe, USA and Asia." With $11 billion of assets under management, La Trobe Financial has been responsible for over $25 billion worth of investment mandates of varying structures since being founded in 1952. La Trobe Financial has now issued $6.17 billion of RMBS to a range of Australian and international investors. Its RMBS program has seen continued support from repeat investors and a progressively widening investor base with each transaction. Both reflect well on the diversity and resilience of La Trobe Financial’s funding base, which includes institutional mandates and Australia’s largest Credit Fund, representing the most diversified funding base in the non-bank sector. Richard Parry, Head of Group Portfolio Management at La Trobe Financial commented, "The pricing and level of over-subscription reflects a strong endorsement of La Trobe Financial’s high quality assets, expertise and long, consistent track record as Australia’s oldest diversified wealth manager. With current trend loan originations now at $10+ billion per year, this was a practical step to complement current institutional mandates and our nationally and internationally awarded $5 billion retail Credit Fund. We have built a disciplined investment strategy and continue to deliver outstanding returns for all of our investors." Approximately 88% of the transaction was placed with institutional, real-money investors across the structure. Investors to the structure participated from Europe, USA and Asia, together with domestic Australian domiciled institutions. The Arranger of the deal was Macquarie Bank, while Joint Lead Managers included the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Macquarie Bank, Natixis and Citi. Wells Fargo was a Co-Manager. La Trobe Financial will pay 120 basis points over the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW) on $281 million of A1S notes, which have a weighted average life of 0.70 years. Pricing on $593 million of A1L notes, which have a weighted average life of 3.20 years, was 195 basis points over BBSW. Pricing on $235 million of A2 notes, which have a weighted average life of 3.20 years was 275 basis points over BBSW. About La Trobe Financial With A$11 billion of assets under management, La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s leading diversified wealth managers specialising in credit. La Trobe Financial has provided funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of 150,000 customers since 1952. It is 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager with over US$538 billion of assets under management worldwide. La Trobe Financial is a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike, operating Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund with $5 billion of assets under management and 45,000 retail investors. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences to operate and place RMBS issuances. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com. Media enquires: Martin Barry, Chief Treasurer & Strategy Officer +61 478 184 981 Richard Parry, Head of Group Portfolio Management +61 8610 2847 Bridget Crowe, Head of Corporate Affairs & Marketing +61 431 319 705 Caterina Nesci, Head of Foundation & Product Marketing +61 422 270 474 La Trobe Financial appoints Dr Bob Edgar AM to its Board 2020-02-17T04:20:49Z la-trobe-financial-appoints-dr-bob-edgar-am-to-its-board 17 February 2020 – The $10 billion diversified Australian wealth manager La Trobe Financial has announced Dr Bob Edgar is to join its board. With an extensive career in Australian banking and finance covering 30 years, Dr Edgar retired as the deputy Chief Executive of ANZ in May 2009. During his time at ANZ, Dr Edgar was Chief Economist, Managing Director Strategic Planning (including acquisitions and divestments), Chief Executive of Grindlays for South Asia, Managing Director of Esanda (finance company subsidiary), Managing Director Corporate Banking and Managing Director Institutional Banking. He was also a member of the Bank’s senior management board. Dr Edgar is highly regarded for his deep management expertise and experience. Dr Edgar is also no stranger to Asian markets. A long-term advocate of ANZ’s expansion into Asia, he presided over the bank’s relationship with PT Panin Bankin Indonesia, among other key roles in Asia. Dr Edgar joins the board with more than a decade of experience on public company boards, including Transurban and Djerriwarrh Securities. La Trobe Financial’s President & CEO, Greg O’Neill OAM, congratulated Dr Edgar on his appointment to the board, noting that his outstanding career at ANZ as Deputy CEO, combined with his leadership track record over many years, have established him as one of Australia’s pre-eminent bankers. “We are pleased to welcome Dr Edgar to our board. His extensive experience will prove invaluable as the company seeks to capture the growth opportunities that will be presented to us over the coming years. Our management team, business partners, staff and customers will benefit greatly from the skills and experience Dr Edgar brings to the board,” said Mr O’Neill. Dr Edgar commented, “La Trobe Financial is a great Australian success story. I am delighted to join the company’s board of directors and look forward to playing a part in its future success.” Dr Edgar earned his PhD in economics from the Ohio State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Adelaide. Current board members of La Trobe Financial are Chairman John Marriott (former Senior Executive and veteran corporate banker National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation – Melbourne), Gerard Parlevliet (former Chief Investment Officer Commonwealth Bank staff Superannuation Fund – Sydney), Kishore Moorjani (Senior Managing Director Blackstone and leader of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Division in Asia – Singapore); Christopher Tynan (Senior Managing Director – Blackstone Real Estate Debit Strategies (BREDS), Sydney), Gautam Banerjee (Senior Managing Director Blackstone, and previous ASIAN Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers – Singapore), and Greg O’Neill (President and CEO – Melbourne) with 35 years’ experience at La Trobe Financial. About La Trobe Financial La Trobe Financial is an Australian diversified wealth manager with $10 billion of assets under management. Since 1952, it has been providing funding and investment solutions to more than 150,000 customers. A proven and trusted investment partner, La Trobe Financial operates Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund and is 80 per cent owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences. www.latrobefinancial.com  La Trobe Financial establishes Disaster Relief Package to support impacted customers 2020-01-19T22:00:10Z la-trobe-financial-establishes-disaster-relief-package-to-support-impacted-customers 16 January 2020 – La Trobe Financial has announced that it has established a Disaster Relief Package to assist customers affected by the bushfires. For customers who have lost their homes to the bushfires, La Trobe Financial will pay loan interest and charges for twelve months, provide access to interest-free loans to help cover any gap between insurance payouts and the cost of rebuilding, and allow fee-free withdrawals from investments in the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund. For other customers experiencing hardship because of the bushfires, La Trobe Financial will defer loan repayments for up to twelve months, help with finance on discounted terms to cover property repair costs or support a small business, and make it easier to access investments in the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund without incurring fees. For customers who are volunteer firefighters, La Trobe Financial will also offer financial help including deferral of home loan repayments for up to 6 months. The Disaster Relief Package is in addition to La Trobe Financial’s recent $1 million donation to assist people affected by the bushfires across Australia. The donation was split between The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal and the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. La Trobe Financial President & CEO Greg O’Neill OAM says: “true to our philosophy of others before self, we are determined to look out for our customers and offer meaningful support to those affected through this very challenging time.” For La Trobe Financial customers impacted by the bushfires, please call our Helpline on 1800 620 639 to find out if you are eligible for the Disaster Relief Package. About La Trobe Financial La Trobe Financial is an Australian diversified wealth manager with $9.6 billion of assets under management, and is 80 per cent owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. Since 1952, it has been providing funding and investment solutions to more than 140,000 customers. A proven and trusted investment partner, La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 AFSL 222213 operates the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ARSN 088 178 321, Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences. Media enquires: Caterina Nesci, Head of Foundation, Sponsorships & Awards  www.latrobefinancial.com La Trobe Financial donates $1 million to support bushfire relief and recovery 2020-01-09T02:06:16Z la-trobe-financial-donates-1-million-to-support-bushfire-relief-and-recovery 9 January 2020 – La Trobe Financial has announced it will make a $1 million donation, split between The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal and The Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief Recovery Fund, to help people affected by the bushfires across Australia. La Trobe Financial President & CEO Greg O’Neill OAM says: “We express our deepest sympathies to people who have suffered tremendous loss as a result of these devastating fires. We also express our gratitude to the tireless volunteers and emergency workers who are supporting our communities.” For La Trobe Financial customers impacted by the bushfires, please call our Mortgage Help Team on 1800 620 639. About La Trobe Financial La Trobe Financial is an Australian diversified wealth manager with $9.6 billion of assets under management. Since 1952, it has been providing funding and investment solutions to more than 140,000 customers. A proven and trusted investment partner, La Trobe Financial operates Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund and is 80 per cent owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences. Media enquires: Bridget Crowe, Head of Corporate Affairs www.latrobefinancial.com $9bn Blackstone Portfolio Company prices market benchmark A$1.25 billion RMBS issuance 2019-10-17T04:42:01Z 9bn-blackstone-portfolio-company-prices-market-benchmark-a-1-25-billion-rmbs-issuance Global and domestic investors show strong support for La Trobe Financial Australia’s $9 billion AUM diversified wealth manager and Blackstone portfolio company, La Trobe Financial, has announced pricing for its benchmark A$1.25bn RMBS issuance. The size and strength of the issuance positions La Trobe Financial as a clear leader in mortgage credit markets for institutional investors, complementing its retail wealth management AUM of $4.1 billion across 40,000 investors in Australia and globally. Thursday 10 October 2019 - Blackstone Portfolio Company, La Trobe Financial, announces pricing for its latest Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) issue – 2019-2. The strength of support by investors for La Trobe Financial, a $9 billion diversified wealth manager, was evident in strong levels of over-subscription across all notes, as well as excellent pricing outcomes. These came despite recent market volatility and high levels of market supply. Notably, La Trobe Financial saw continued growth in support from global investment houses in Asia, including Japan, the US and Europe, reflecting the depth of positive investor sentiment both to La Trobe Financial’s investment program and the Australian credit and RMBS markets more generally. Martin Barry, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Treasurer & Strategy Officer commented that, “we are very pleased to have priced this transaction following a successful international and Australian roadshow. We welcome 3 new investors to our already 46 investor-strong RMBS program and are delighted by the strong interest we have received on this transaction both offshore and domestically as we build on our diverse investor base. We remain good stewards of other people’s capital and this enables us to obtain and maintain the trust of our clients – this is the real asset of the company.” Barry further stated that “with this RMBS transaction we achieved competitive pricing notwithstanding increased levels of market supply and note participation from fifteen domestic and seven international investors from Europe, USA and Asia, including Japan.”  The $9 billion AUM La Trobe Financial has issued $4.92 billion of RMBS to a range of Australian and international investors. This RMBS program has seen both continued support from repeat investors and a progressively widening investor base with each transaction. Both reflect well on the diversity and resilience of La Trobe Financial’s funding base, which includes institutional mandates and Australia’s largest Credit Fund representing the most diversified funding base in the non-bank sector.  Richard Parry, Head of Group Portfolio Management stated that “the pricing and level of over-subscription with total bid received at $2.140 b (1.7 times over-subscribed ) with 32 accounts actively bidding. reflects a strong endorsement of La Trobe Financial’s high quality assets, expertise and long, consistent track record. With current loan originations now topping $10+ billion per year, this was a practical step to complement current institutional mandates and our nationally and internationally awarded $4.1 billion retail Credit Fund. We have built a disciplined investment strategy and continue to deliver outstanding returns for all of our investors.” The Lead Arranger of the deal was National Australia Bank, while Joint Lead Managers included the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Macquarie Bank, Natixis, United Overseas Bank and Westpac. La Trobe Financial will pay 75 basis points over the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW) on $209 million of A1S notes, which have a weighted average life of 0.40 years. Pricing on $666 million of A1L notes, which have a weighted average life of 2.80 years, was 135 basis points over BBSW. Pricing on $160 million of A2S notes, which have a weighted average life of 1.40 years was 165 basis points over BBSW. Pricing on $75 million of A2L notes, with a weighted average life of 4.00 years was 185 basis points over BBSW. Pricing on B to F notes ranged from 2.20% to 7.00%. La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. About La Trobe Financial With A$9 billion of Assets Under Management (AUM), La Trobe Financial is Australia’s diversified wealth manager. La Trobe Financial provide funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of 140,000 customers and have done so since 1952. La Trobe Financial is 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager with over US$545 billion of AUM worldwide. We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike, operating Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund ($4.1bn AUM and 40,000 retail investors). We have over 67 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of $22.76 billion since commencement. La Trobe Financial has been a leading innovator in the wealth management and lending industry sector for many years including, pioneering “Lite Doc®” lending in Australia in 1990, creating the first private Reverse Mortgage (Seniors LoanTM) in 2003, launching the first hybrid wealth management-loan product P2C® (Parent-to-Child) to assist first home buyers in 2013, introducing a unique to market Aged Care finance solution in 2015, and being one of the first lenders to introduce a fully digital KYC and AML checking of borrower applicants for brokers in 2017. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences to operate its business of wealth management, raising funding and lending for residential and commercial security purposes, and placing global Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS). For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com. La Trobe Financial bolsters executive team with 3 senior bankers 2019-09-03T04:54:42Z la-trobe-financial-bolsters-executive-team-with-3-senior-bankers Blackstone portfolio company La Trobe Financial recently expanded its executive team with a trio of senior banking veterans. Reporting Assets under Management (AUM) of $9 billion, La Trobe Financial announced the appointment of 3 senior bank executives to assist the company to deliver on growth prospects. Friday, 30 August, 2019 - La Trobe Financial, one of Australia’s leading non-banks, today announced the appointment of 3 senior bank executives to assist the company with planned growth. Since inking a partnership in December 2017 with Blackstone, the US$545 billion AUM New York based Alternative Asset Manager, La Trobe Financial has grown to over $9 billion AUM and sees further growth ahead. Deploying 385 staff, originating c$850 million of both residential and commercial loans each month, and operating retail investments via its award-winning $4 billion retail Credit Fund, the business is now entering a new phase. La Trobe Financial is well on track to becoming one of Australia’s leading non-banks, with planned growth and a clear focus on broader market opportunities. Greg O’Neill CEO said…” the company, with almost seven decades in business and a proven record of performance is well positioned to serve our customers with a genuine difference, and to better this we have decided to further strengthen our executive ranks with three experienced bankers. David Bleakley, a bank industry veteran, and most recently Chief Risk Officer North America for ANZ banking group based in New York, including 10 years with Standards & Poor’s in credit has been appointed Vice President Treasury & Settlement Services. David is originally from New York, having commenced his career with Standard & Poor’s and worked across their Municipal Bond, Financial Institutes and Structured Finance Rating Department. Following this, he worked with the National Australia Bank as Head of Asset Backed Securities and Structured Credit Operations in Melbourne, where he built the foundations of what was to become the largest RMBS/ABS house in the Australian market. O’Neill said “we are delighted to have David join us. His solid credit and capital markets experience will play an important role as we grow and we very much look forward to supporting him in his leadership as we expand our operations.” Bleakley said, “I’m genuinely excited by our prospects and the genuine point of difference La Trobe Financial bring to market, the opportunity set is very large indeed.” Also joining the team is Rick Drury, another veteran banker highly recognised as a global expert in financial services industry risk. Rick has initially been appointed Senior Executive Chief Lending Officer - Commercial. Rick has developed a global and deep knowledge of credit risk and portfolio management over 30 years. Before joining La Trobe Financial, Rick was the Managing Director of the National Bank’s UK Commercial Real Estate run-off business. Under his leadership Rick established a team of over 200 banking professionals and achieved over 80% reduction in financial risk exposure to the bank. He has also led teams during a period of disruptive global markets (post Global Financial Crisis) with the delivery of high quality outcomes (minimising losses and underpinning bank support for Australian business customers) through focusing on consensual debt workouts, turnaround and restructuring. Confirming Rick Drury’s appointment, Chief Lending Officer, Cory Bannister said, “we are delighted to welcome someone of this calibre to our team. His strong experience in leadership makes him a valuable addition. Rick will play a major role in executing our strategic plan.” Drury stated, “this is a once in generation opportunity for non-banks to truly serve customers with distinction and excellence. Our culture is rightly focused on customers first, and our processes and credit hygiene are first rate. We are great stewards of investor capital having managed over $17 billion since inception serving over 140,000 customers so we are confident we can deliver something special for our customers and staff.” Completing the trio of appointments is Annie Sestito, who has been appointed Senior Executive Head of People, PR and Marketing. Annie has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, Superannuation and Banking. Prior to joining La Trobe Financial, Annie worked at Westpac most recently as the Executive Manager - Head of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances and previously in Corporate and Private Banking for over a decade. Annie also has diverse industry experience and has held a number of positions including Head of Corporate and Wealth with ME Bank in their Treasury Department where she was instrumental in raising capital by building their intermediary wholesale funding book. Annie also has over 11 years’ experience in superannuation having held a number of roles at AXA Australia and AMP where she managed large operational teams. Upon joining Annie stated, “at the heart of every great organisation are great people, and we are building on a company that has the right core values to succeed. This is such a wonderful place to work and I’m delighted to join such a solid group of professionals at this point of my career. We see the future through the customer lense and notwithstanding the opportunity know that our success can never be at the expense of our clients or staff. I encourage all people oriented bankers who are looking for the next challenge to reach out as we have other senior positions available” La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. About La Trobe Financial The $9 billion AUM La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s oldest and leading non-bank credit and wealth managers, providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of 140,000 customers since 1952. We are 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with over US$545 billion of AUM worldwide. We are also a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike, with over 67 years’ experience managing cumulative investment mandates in excess of $17 billion. La Trobe Financial has been a leader innovator in the non-bank credit industry for many years including, pioneering “Lite Doc®” lending in Australia in 1990, creating the first private Reverse Mortgage (Seniors LoanTM) in 2006, launching the first hybrid wealth management-loan product P2C® (Parent-to-Child) to assist first home buyers in 2013, introducing a unique to market Aged Care finance solution in 2015, and being one of the first lenders to introduce a fully digital KYC and AML checking of borrower applicants for brokers in 2017.La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and holds the following requisite regulatory licences. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com. LA TROBE FINANCIAL SERVICES 2019-04-09T02:53:52Z la-trobe-financial-services La Trobe Financial recognised with two Asia Pacific finance industry awards in Hong Kong Australia’s $7.4 billion AUM premium non-bank, and Blackstone Portfolio Company, La Trobe Financial, has been recognised internationally for excellence in managing growth, and for the operations and returns to investors in its retail Credit Fund. 2019 Wealth Management Company of the Year – Asia Pacific 2019 Credit Specialist of the Year – Asia Pacific Friday, 29 March 2019 – The International Alternative Investment Review (IAIR) Awards were held in Hong Kong on Friday the 29th of March, with a Gala Dinner recognising excellence and world best practices in funds management and banking. The dinner was attended by over 1,500 people covering fund managers, international banks, law firms, family offices and global institutional investors. During proceedings Australia’s La Trobe Financial a $7.4 billion AUM non-bank, was recognised with two Asia-Pacific Awards for excellence in funds management and credit lending. This marks the seventh consecutive year of accolades for La Trobe Financial internationally and reflects its growing presence in the Asia Pacific, with offices now in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai, deploying 350 staff across the region. The world’s largest Alternative Asset Manager Blackstone acquired an 80% interest in La Trobe Financial on the 22nd of December 2017 to partner with longstanding sole shareholder and CEO Greg O’Neill. In awarding the Wealth Management Company of the Year – Asia Pacific category, judges identified that the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ("Credit Fund") achieved strong positive returns and exceptional growth over the last twelve months in the managed funds sector for both institutional and retail investors, showing a 50.3% growth rate year on year. The Credit Fund also delivered strong relative performance in times of low interest rates, and keeps attracting attention across the Australian and Asian markets, said people familiar with its operations. Chief Investment Officer, Chris Andrews, on being informed of the award whilst in the region on an Asian Deal Roadshow for La Trobe’s next A$750m of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) stated, "on behalf of all of our 350 staff in Asia Pacific, we are delighted to again have been nominated and rated best in class by the IAIR international judging panel for the 7th year in a row. La Trobe Financial has been managing other people’s money for almost seven decades. We have built a disciplined investment strategy targeting capital stability and consistent monthly income across every economic cycle. Investors are increasingly frustrated with the ongoing market and geopolitical volatility and low yields elsewhere, so above all else these awards are a confirmation of our track record delivering differentiated real value for retail and global institutional investors through a transparent and time-tested approach." The Credit Fund, established in July 1999, had the aim to protect investors’ capital, and to produce regular, consistent income. The Credit Fund now has over $3.2 billion in AUM and 35,000 member investors. This performance record in the current low-yield environment continues to attract attention widely across the market. The flagship 12 month investment term account outperforms all peers, with no losses to investors, and earlier this year independent finance journal Money Magazine judged it the ‘Best of the Best’ in Australia for the tenth consecutive year. La Trobe Financial’s peer-to-peer lending and investment option within the Credit Fund has quietly become Australia’s largest (c.$500m and 662 loans as at 31 March 2019) peer-to-peer loan portfolio and possibly the most robust secured peer-to-peer operation in the country. This has been recognised by one of Australia’s reputable independent rating houses, SQM Research, with a 4 star rating. Consequently, La Trobe Financial was awarded 2019 Credit Specialist of the Year – Asia Pacific for its efficient operations and prudent utilisation of both conventional lending channels and bespoke peer-to-peer (P2P) sources of lending and funding structures. According to the judging panel, La Trobe Financial was an early adopter of this innovative solution to lending almost 30 years ago in 1990. This innovative and scalable funding structure has the ability to provide product and pricing flexibility on a loan by loan and investor by investor matched basis to assist clients achieve their financial objectives. Chief Lending Officer, Cory Banister, when asked about being awarded 2019 Credit Specialist of the Year - Asia Pacific, commented, "…as the oldest operating non-bank in Australia we have over 66 years of unequalled performance providing finance solutions to over 140,000 clients covering some $16 billion of invested capital. With $7.4 billion of AUM we have realised over that time that in order to build ongoing and lasting relationships with clients, you need to provide flexible tech-driven solutions when they need it. This is why we maintain one of the broadest non-bank product suites in the Australian market, delivering flexibility and access to products that the major banks generally cannot provide. We remain good stewards of other people’s capital and this enables us to obtain and maintain the trust of our clients – this is the real asset of the firm." La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. About the IAIR Awards The International Alternative Investment Review Awards recognise the world’s best global finance, wealth management, brokerage, and asset management providers in the world. Following the criteria, each award recognises managers which display the highest standards in innovation, performance and social responsibility. Award winners are chosen from a short list of nominees selected by over 50,000 investors globally from over 120 countries following a review by an independent and objective judging panel. About La Trobe Financial With A$7.4 billion of Assets Under Management (AUM), La Trobe Financial is Australia’s premium non-bank specialising in credit and wealth management. La Trobe Financial provides funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of 140,000 customers and have done so since 1952. 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with over US$472 billion of AUM worldwide, we are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike, operating Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund ($3.2bn AUM and 35,000 retail investors). We have over 66 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of $16 billion since commencement. La Trobe Financial has been a leading innovator in the non-bank sector for many years including, pioneering "Lite Doc®" lending in Australia in 1990, creating the first private Reverse Mortgage (Seniors LoanTM) in 2003, launching the first hybrid wealth management-loan product P2C® (Parent-to-Child) to assist first home buyers in 2013, introducing a unique to market Aged Care finance solution in 2015, and being one of the first lenders to introduce a fully digital KYC and AML checking of borrower applicants for brokers in 2017. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences to operate. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com. Australia's Best Fund - 10 Years Running 2018-12-14T04:59:04Z australia-s-best-fund-10-years-running La Trobe Financial wins “Best Mortgage Fund” in Australia in Money magazine awards. No other fund has matched this achievement. Today, La Trobe Financial’s Credit Fund stands at $2.8 billion and continues its proud performance of delivering capital-stable income to its 35,000 registered members. Monday, 3 December 2018 – Today, Australia’s oldest and highest rated credit investment manager, La Trobe Financial, announced that it had won the Best Mortgage Fund category in Money magazine’s prestigious 2019 Best of the Best Awards. This award marks a record tenth consecutive win for La Trobe Financial. No other investment fund has ever won 10 consecutive awards. In announcing the award, the eminent panel of Australia’s leading independent fund ratings agencies, including Zenith Investment Partners, SQM Research and Lonsec, paid tribute to La Trobe Financial’s consistency in difficult times. Zenith Investment Partners stated that the fund has “delivered returns consistently above its peers and benchmarks.” SQM Research pointed to “strengths includ[ing] knowledgeable and experienced staff and diversification across geographical sectors and borrowers.” La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer, Chris Andrews, stated that “La Trobe Financial has been managing other people’s money for almost seven decades. We have seen the good times and the bad and have built a resilient investment strategy that targets capital stability and consistent monthly income across the economic cycle. With the share market still down by over 15% a full decade after pre-GFC peaks, we continue to believe that we can deliver real value for investors through our transparent, time-tested approach to investment.” La Trobe Financial’s Chief Corporate Treasurer, Martin Barry, stated that “La Trobe Financial’s retail credit fund is a key part of our overall group funding strategy. It differentiates us from our peers and allows us to deploy our asset class expertise for the benefit of ordinary, “mum and dad” investors. Our investment team brings considerable asset and liquidity management skills to the table and that has helped produce market-leading returns for our investors in times of considerable market volatility.” La Trobe Financial’s President & CEO, Greg O’Neill, stated that “This achievement comes from sticking to our values and building a business based on a culture of “others before self”. In the context of our investment operations, that means remembering that we are managing other people’s money and should treat it as we would our own. It is an honour to lead a team who are inspired by this motto and who work so hard every single day to deliver consistently outstanding results for our investors. In FY2018, that hard work has resulted in an extraordinary $104.4 million in interest payments to investors and now this record, tenth consecutive award. Make no mistake, La Trobe Financial will not rest on its laurels but will remain completely focussed on delivering the best risk-adjusted returns for all of its investors, both retail and institutional.” La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. About La Trobe Financial With A$6.5 billion AUM La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s leading non-bank credit and wealth managers, providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of 140,000 customers since 1952. We are 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with over US$457 billion of AUM worldwide. We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 66 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of $16 billion since commencement.La Trobe Financial has been a leader in the credit industry for many years including, pioneering “Lite Doc®” lending in Australia in 1990, creating the first private Reverse Mortgage (Seniors LoanTM) in 2006, launching the first hybrid wealth management-loan product P2C® (Parent-to-Child) to assist first home buyers in 2013, introducing a unique to market Aged Care finance solution in 2015, and being one of the first lenders to introduce a fully digital KYC and AML checking of borrower applicants for brokers in 2017. La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and holds the following requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 (Australian Credit Licence 392385); La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 (Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 & Australian Credit Licence 222213); and La Trobe Financial Custody & Securitisation Services Pty Limited (Australian Financial Services Licence 379454). For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com. Blackstone’s $5 Billion Australian Private Wealth Platform added to IOOF Pursuit Investment Platform 2018-05-24T00:04:48Z blackstone-s-5-billion-australian-private-wealth-platform-added-to-ioof-pursuit-investment-platform Tuesday, 22 May 2018 – IOOF Pursuit Platform which has over 860 advisers and $50 billion Funds Under Advice has included Blackstone’s Australian Portfolio Company, La Trobe Financial, flagship product, the multi-award-winning 12 Month Credit Fund Term Account onto its investment platform. La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer, Chris Andrews stated, “we are delighted to have our flagship product on the IOOF Pursuit investment platform. We have taken this step on the back of significant demand from the financial adviser market as part of our commitment to delivering the highest levels of service and efficiency to advisers and investors across Australia.” Andrews further added “our 12 Month Term Account is one of our core retail offerings, standing now at $1.3 billion of the total FUM. Its capital stable, fixed income profile is built on a highly diversified portfolio and over 65 years of management experience.” The Credit Fund has been judged Australia’s “Best of the Best” by Money magazine 9 years in a row, following outstanding long-term performance for investors. “We will continue to execute our time-tested investment philosophy with rigour and discipline and welcome the inclusion on this new platform”, said Andrews Michael Watson, La Trobe Financial’s Head of Major Clients - Private Wealth said “we are really pleased to join the IOOF Pursuit platform. Major platforms and licensees are increasingly seeing the importance in partnering with fund managers who offer a genuine point of difference for investors. Our addition to IOOF Pursuit will help more advisers meet client requirements in a time of continued volatile markets and low yields.” La Trobe Financial’s Private Wealth Platform, was recently highly rated as the best in Australia by SQM Research following their review of the Australian Mortgage Trust Sector. SQM Research singled out a number of key strengths in La Trobe Financial’s Fund operations for investors, including its: · strong distribution network and market niche; · “very knowledgeable and experienced staff”; · diversification across geographical sectors and borrowers; · effective arrears management; and · “returns, which have consistently been over and above peers and benchmarks”. Watson further commented “the continued growth of the Private Wealth Platform is an important recognition of adviser demand for quality products.” La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. Blackstone’s recently acquired Australian Private Wealth Platform receives further accolades amid continued growth story 2018-04-26T03:52:17Z blackstone-s-recently-acquired-australian-private-wealth-platform-receives-further-accolades-amid-continued-growth-story  Friday, 13 April 2018 - Leading independent fund ratings agency, SQM Research, has released its annual review of the Australian Mortgage Trust Sector. La Trobe Financial was yet again the highest rated Fund, with an independent rating of 4.25 stars (“Superior”) for its 12 Month Term investment offering. One of the Fund’s other offerings, a peer-to-peer (P2P) Select Investment Account, was rated the second highest Fund in Australia, with a rating of 4.0 stars (“Superior”). In assigning ratings, SQM Research deploys a rigorous methodology taking into account a number of key operational and risk return factors, including management, corporate governance, process, fees and returns. SQM Research singled out a number of key strengths in La Trobe Financial’s Fund operations for investors, including its:                 strong distribution network and market niche;                 “very knowledgeable and experienced staff”;                 diversification across geographical sectors and borrowers;                 effective arrears management; and                 “returns, which have consistently been over and above peers and benchmarks”.   Chris Andrews, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer, commented: “We welcome Louis Christopher and his research team’s results and findings. SQM have been a mainstay of property and fund management assessment now for many years, and have an outstanding reputation for accuracy and reliability in their data sets. Whilst the recognition is pleasing we remain resolutely committed to the highest standards of credit and investment discipline across our organisation on both our institutional investment mandates covering $5 billion, and our $2.1 billion retail Credit Fund. We understand that this is what our 43,000 clients and their financial advisers demand of us. We are particularly pleased that our $400m peer-to-peer offerings has been recognised as Australia’s largest and longest-operating peer to peer platform. This form of investment continues to attract interest from investors and advisers and we have developed enormous conviction in its merits over our two decades in the peer-to-peer space”, said Andrews. Cheree Pedley, La Trobe Financial’s Executive General Manager Head of Operations - Private Wealth added: “We are pleased to have received such strong ratings. Investors are increasingly looking to build on their wealth, and we are seeing continuous and increasing demand for our offerings. We are experiencing weekly growth through our online investment platform La Trobe Direct, having opened over 1,100 new accounts. “This rating comes at a particularly important time for investors with higher interest rates and increased share market volatility likely to be experienced across the global economy. Investors are becoming increasingly focused on generating better risk adjusted returns, diversifying their portfolios and obtaining access to stronger related credit exposures”, said Caterina Nesci, Executive General Manager Head of Marketing at La Trobe Financial. “In 2017 we saw a 33 per cent increase in flows to our credit fund strategies when compared to 2016”, she said. This rating announcement comes on the back of La Trobe Financial’s recent success at the International Alternative Investment Review Awards (IAIR) in Hong Kong, where La Trobe Financial was judged the “Best Investment Company in the Asia Pacific”. La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. LA TROBE FINANCIAL PRICES $750 MILLION RMBS 2018-04-05T05:48:03Z la-trobe-financial-prices-750-million-rmbs Martin Barry, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Corporate Treasurer stated, “we are very pleased to have priced our sixth RMBS transaction following an extensive international and Australian roadshow. We welcome 9 new investors to our RMBS program and are delighted by the support we have received on this transaction both offshore and in Australia as we continue to build on our already strong and diverse investor base.” Barry further commented that “with this RMBS transaction we achieved record pricing on the back of volatile global market conditions and it is the most participated investor transaction we have seen.” Ryan Harkness, La Trobe Financial’s Head of Debt Capital Markets commented that “the pricing and high level of over-subscription reflects a strong endorsement of the high quality assets, expertise and long consistent track record as Australia’s oldest non-bank lender. The $750 million RMBS transaction demonstrates La Trobe Financial’s strength and its commitment to meeting its continued growth and development in the market. With current trend loan originations now tipping circa $7 billion per year, this was a practical step to complement current Institutional mandates and our nationally and internationally awarded $2.1 billion retail credit fund” Since 2014, La Trobe Financial has issued $2.2 billion of RMBS to a range of Australian and overseas institutional investors. La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. ABOUT LA TROBE FINANCIAL La Trobe Financial is Australia’s largest Credit Specialist providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of customers since 1952.  We are 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with over US$434 Billion of Funds under Management worldwide. We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 65 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of $14 billion.  La Trobe Financial holds all requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence 392385 and La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 Australian Credit Licence 222213. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.  For details of our ratings please view our Awards & Ratings link on our website. ABOUT BLACKSTONE Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. It seeks to create positive economic impact and long-term value for its investors, the companies it invests in, and the communities in which it works. Blackstone does this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Its asset management businesses, with over US$400 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone. La Trobe Financial – Best in Australia 9 Years Running 2017-12-05T05:35:28Z la-trobe-financial-best-in-australia-9-years-running In an industry first, La Trobe Financial’s 12 Month Term Account has just been judged Australia’s Best of the Best Mortgage Fund for the ninth consecutive year.  This extraordinary run of investment management performance was recognised at the annual Money magazine Best of the Best awards in Sydney, last Wednesday. No other managed fund has ever received nine consecutive “Best of the Best” awards. Effie Zahos, Editor of Money magazine, commented “The Fund has a team of very professional, knowledgeable and experienced staff who uphold its investment philosophy and strategy”, and that the 12 Month Term Account “particularly appeals to investors seeking regular income as it pays distributions monthly.” The 12 Month Term Account has over $1 billion in funds under management and has a fifteen year track record without loss of capital for any of its investors.  It is one of the four Investment Accounts offered to La Trobe Financial’s 28,000 investors through its $2 billion La Trobe Australian Credit Fund.  According to Money magazine’s judges – Lonsec, SQM Research and Zenith – “It’s the only mortgage fund that is deemed worthy of an award in this category.” Chris Andrews, Chief Investment Officer at La Trobe Financial, stated that the entire team at La Trobe Financial was thrilled to take out this prestigious award again: “We are acutely aware that investors are finding it difficult to identify consistent sources of income in the current low interest rate environment.  It is our mission to draw on La Trobe Financial’s sixty-five years of specialist investment experience to generate stable, repeatable and consistent income-producing assets to deliver just this.  We are delighted to accept this award as a testimony to our success so far, but are resolutely focussed on maintaining our disciplines and continuing to perform for our investors into the future.” Rowan Donohoue, Chief Operating Officer at La Trobe Financial, stated: “La Trobe Financial’s investment philosophy is built on the same principles that have always driven us – “Others before self”.  We manage our investors’ money and we take great pride in doing so with the highest levels of integrity, prudence and discipline” La Trobe Financial will be making further statements shortly. ABOUT LA TROBE FINANCIAL La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s largest Credit Specialists providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of customers since 1952.  We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 65 years’ experience, managing current investment mandates in excess of A$4.6 billion.  La Trobe Financial holds all requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence 392385 and La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 Australian Credit Licence 222213. La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited is the issuer and manager of the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ARSN 088 178 321.  It is important for you to consider the Product Disclosure Statement for the Credit Fund in deciding whether to invest, or to continue to invest, in the Credit Fund.  You can read the PDS on our website, or ask for a copy by phoning us.  *Returns on our investments are variable and paid monthly.  Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  The rates of return from the Credit Fund are not guaranteed and are determined by the future revenue of the Credit Fund and may be lower than expected.  Investors risk losing some or all of their principal investment.  An investment in the Credit Fund is not a bank deposit.  Withdrawal rights are subject to liquidity and may be delayed or suspended.  For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.  For details of our ratings please view our Awards & Ratings link on our website. www.latrobefinancial.com.au   Credit Specialist appoints superannuation investment guru to its Board 2017-11-01T04:29:52Z credit-specialist-appoints-superannuation-investment-guru-to-its-board Gerard Parlevliet has been appointed to La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited’s Board ("the Board"). Parlevliet’s career spans more than 38 years of experience, with 25 years’ within the superannuation industry, including 12 years as General Manager (Chief Executive Officer) of the Commonwealth Bank Officers’ Superannuation Fund (Commonwealth Bank Group Super) ("the Fund") and then 7 years as its Chief Investment Officer. In his role with Commonwealth Bank Group Super, Parlevliet completed a number of superannuation fund mergers, played a pivotal role in overseeing a significant restructure of the Fund’s $10 billion portfolio, and oversaw excellent investment returns to members. This is a testament to his leadership, investment experience and judgement on complex financial issues. In recognition of his achievements in this sector, Parlevliet has won several official accolades within the industry, including Chief Investment Officer of the Year at the 2013 National Achievement Awards. La Trobe Financial’s President & CEO, Greg O’Neill congratulated "Parlevliet to the Board given his leadership, investment and corporate governance experience". "La Trobe Financial is a great Australian success story. I am delighted to join the company’s board of directors and look forward to playing a part in its future success", said Parlevliet. O’Neill further commented "Parlevliet’s extensive experience will prove invaluable and will assist us to meet the challenges and opportunities of growing our business in the years ahead. Our customers and our staff will benefit from the skills and experience he brings." Parlevliet is based in Sydney and will assist the company in expanding its footprint in the investment sector. The current La Trobe Financial Board members are Chairman Mr David Bird (lawyer), Deputy Chairman Mr John Marriott (banker), Mr Hung Fei Chan (Hong Kong based businessman), Mr Gerard Parlevliet and Mr Greg O’Neill (CEO). La Trobe Financial will be making further announcements shortly. JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: La Trobe Financial & the NBL Sign 3 Year Major Partnership Agreement 2017-10-05T01:29:05Z joint-media-release-la-trobe-financial-amp-the-nbl-sign-3-year-major-partnership-agreement After sponsoring the 2016/2017 NBL Finals Series, La Trobe Financial will work with the NBL to grow basketball throughout Australia. La Trobe Financial branding will be prominently displayed on NBL courts for the next three seasons, starting with the NBL’s 40th season in 2017-18, which will begin on October 5. NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said:  “The NBL is proud to have entered into this Major Partnership with La Trobe Financial, Australia's leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager.” “For 65 years, La Trobe Financial has proven its commitment to its clients by providing a range of quality financial services.  Its dedication to growing its customer base throughout Australia and Asia is closely aligned with that of the NBL, so both parties share much in common from a strategic perspective.” Caterina Nesci, La Trobe Financial’s Head of Communications & PR said: “La Trobe Financial has been involved in sponsoring basketball for over four decades with our CEO Greg O’Neill being a former Chairman of the Melbourne Tigers Men’s NBL team between 2006-2009, and is the current Chairman of the Australian Basketball Players Association. “We have been closely watching the progress of the NBL over the last few years and we have been very impressed with the big steps they’ve taken. They have really brought basketball back to the forefront in Australia”. Chris Andrews, La Trobe Financial’s Chief Investment Officer said: “La Trobe Financial takes this major partnership very seriously.  Our 65 years of history has taught us that the highest quality partners build the strongest relationships.  That is the approach that we take to our institutional and retail investment mandates and it is a key reason why none of our institutional or pooled account investors have ever lost a cent of capital or interest – a track record few can match.  “We are looking forward to building another close partnership with the NBL and are particularly impressed with the NBL’s strategic outlook towards Asia, a key growth area for our own business.” La Trobe Financial has been one of Australia’s leading non-bank credit specialist and funds manager since 1952.  It currently has in excess of $4 billion in funds under management across multi-awarding winning institutional and retail investment mandates.  La Trobe Financial employs over 215 staff across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai and Hong Kong.About the NBL The National Basketball League in Australasia is one of the of the premier basketball leagues in the world. Established in 1978 the League now has eight teams based in cities across the country - Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks. Some of the NBL’s greatest players include former NBA player and five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze, 21-season scoring-machine Leroy Loggins, five-time championship-winner Larry Sengstock, and 500-game veterans Ray Borner and James Crawford. From humble beginnings, the NBL now sells out stadiums with more than 650,000 attending games each season and live TV coverage nationally. The NBL has NBL.com.au, and a live streaming NBL APP. The 2017-18 season will be its 40th as a league. For more information please contact Nick Johnston - General Manager - Media and Communications | nick.johnston@nbl.com.au |  0419 538 936   About La Trobe Financial La Trobe Financial is Australia’s largest Credit Specialist providing funding and investment solutions to a diverse range of customers since 1952.  We are a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors alike with over 65 years’ experience, managing investment mandates in excess of A$13 billion.  La Trobe Financial holds all requisite regulatory licences: La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence No. 392385 and La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ACN 007 332 363 Australian Financial Services Licence 222213 Australian Credit Licence No. 222213, who is the issuer and manager of the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund ARSN 088 178 321. For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.  For details of our ratings and awards please view our Awards & Ratings link on our website.For all La Trobe Financial media enquiries please contact: Caterina Nesci – Head of Communications & PR on 0422 270 474