Five tough questions about European direct lending

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Five tough questions about European direct lending

Five tough questions about European direct lending

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  • Blair Jacobson
    Blair Jacobson
    Partner, Co-Head of European Credit at Ares Management LLC
    Mr. Jacobson is a Partner and Co-Head of European Credit in the Ares Credit Group and serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee and the Ares Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. He also serves on the boards of Ares Management Limited and Ares Management UK Limited. Additionally, Mr. Jacobson serves on the Ares Credit Group's European Direct Lending and European Liquid Credit Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares in 2012, Mr. Jacobson was a Partner at The StepStone Group, where he focused on building and running European operations, including oversight of private debt and equity investments. Previously, Mr. Jacobson was a Partner at Citigroup Private Equity and Mezzanine Partners in London and New York. In addition, he has held a variety of roles in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions in a broad range of industries, including at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Jacobson holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College in Political Economy and an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance.
  • Adam Jurczak
    Adam Jurczak
    Director, Credit Funds at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
    Adam is a Director on the Credit team at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), having joined in 2011. He focuses on European fund investments across credit strategies (both public and private, across the spectrum from performing to special situations and distressed) and is also responsible for originating co-investment opportunities in the region. Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and master’s degree in law both from the University of Toronto. He is based in London.

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