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Mr. Affolter is a Partner and Portfolio Manager in the Ares Credit Group, Co-Head of U.S. direct lending. Additionally, Mr. Affolter serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group's U.S. Direct Lending Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2008, Mr. Affolter was a Managing Director at CIT, where he focused on building its sponsor finance business. Previously, Mr. Affolter was a Senior Managing Director at GE Capital in its sponsor finance business and a Senior Vice President at Heller Financial, leading its mezzanine finance business in corporate finance. He currently serves on the Regional Committee of Washington University and holds an A.B. from Washington University in Economics.
irsten is Co-Head of Pan European Private Debt at Muzinich & Co. Before joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equity in the UK, Germany and Benelux. Previously, she worked for Silver Point Capital, a US based credit/distressed fund, in the private debt team in Europe. Kirsten started her career at Morgan Stanley in 1999, working in the generalist M&A and Leveraged Finance teams in Germany and London. Kirsten graduated from ESB Reutlingen and Middlesex University London with a B.A. Honors in European Business Administration.
James Burns is a Managing Director of Crescent Credit Europe LLP focusing on European credit. From 2007 to 2013, he was a Senior Director in the Acquisition Finance team at Lloyds Banking Group where he was responsible for managing relationships with private equity sponsors. He previously worked in the Leveraged Finance Groups at ABN AMRO as a Director, WestLB as an Assistant Director and CIBC as an Associate. He has an MA in History from Cambridge University.
Crescent is an alternative asset manager with over $24 billion of assets under management and over 165 employees as of September 30, 2018. Crescent is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Boston, and London.
Arun Cronin is a Managing Director, and Head of Global Corporate Asset Finance and EMEA CLO at Credit Suisse. He is based in London, where he specialises in credit financing solutions, CLOs, credit structuring and RWA relief transactions. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2009 he worked at Merrill Lynch and Simmons & Simmons.
Arun was educated at the University of Birmingham and at BPP Law School.
Joe joined Alter Domus in January 2021. Based in London, he is a Director, member of the European Debt Capital Markets Sales team, where he predominantly works with direct lender and private equity clients providing administrative solutions to their investments – namely facility agent and trustee services
Joe has 25 years of experience in the syndicated loan market. Earlier in his career, Joe held various loan agency roles at GLAS, Sanne, Lloyds Bank, ING, Mizuho, and Barclays Capital.
Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Bath Spa University in Bath, England.
Brad Marshall is Co-head of Performing Creditand a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone Credit where he focuses on thegroup’s Direct Lending efforts. Mr. Marshall is also the CEO of the BlackstonePrivate Credit Fund (BCRED), the CEO of the Blackstone Secured Lending Fund(BXSL) and a member of Blackstone Credit’s Investment Committee.
Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known asGSO Capital Partners, in 2005 Mr. Marshall worked in various roles at RBC,including fixed income research and business development within RBC's privateequity funds effort. Prior to RBC, Mr. Marshall helped develop a private equityfunds business for TAL Global, a Canadian asset management division of CIBC,and prior to that, he co-founded a microchip verification software companywhere he served as chief financial officer.
Mr. Marshall received an MBA from McGillUniversity in Montreal and a BA (Honors) in Economics from Queen's Universityin Kingston, Canada.
L.Max McEwen is a senior member of Barings’ Global Private Finance Group. He is responsible for originating, analyzing, structuring and monitoring North American and European private finance investments. Max has worked in the industry since 2004. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he worked for Bunker Hill Capital, a lower middle market private equity fund, as a principal investor. Before joining Bunker Hill Capital, he was an Associate in Banc of America Securities Business and Technology Services team focusing on M&A. Max has a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University.
Pascal, based in London, is a Managing Director and Head of H.I.G.’s European direct lending team.
Pascal has 24 years of experience including 16 years in the European direct lending market. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was a Managing Director at Alcentra, where he was a founding member of the European direct lending platform. Before Alcentra, he was with Deutsche Bank and Charterhouse in London.
Pascal earned an MSc in Management from ESSEC Business School.
Diala Minott is a Corporate partner in the London office of Paul Hastings. Mrs. Minott specializes in structured finance transactions, including acting on numerous CLOs and CDOs—both pre- and post-crisis, as well as acting on bespoke hybrid mid-market CLO type funds. Her practice also encompasses debt and credit funds with a particular focus on direct lending, CLO equity and risk retention funds. She covers regulated and unregulated funds, both onshore and offshore, with a particular expertise in Luxembourg funds.