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Michael Guarnieri

Managing Partner

Michael Guarnieri is a Managing Partner of the Firm. He has more than 35 years of experience in lending to leveraged companies, both private equity sponsor backed and corporate borrowers. Prior to founding the Firm in 2018, Michael joined HMC in early 2017 to work alongside René in building and growing the HMC Private Credit team. While at HMC, Michael and René worked together to establish a private credit platform that leveraged HMC’s brand and private equity sponsor relationships.

Prior to HMC, Michael worked at Nomura Securities International, where, for nearly seven years, he was responsible for the investment decision and capital allocation for all leveraged finance commitments and investments in the U.S. and Europe as well as the special situation commitments and investments in Asia. Market executed transactions over this period were approximately $34 billion. Prior to Nomura, Michael had a 15-year career at Lehman Brothers where he was the Global Head of Credit Research from 1997 through 2007. As part of Michael’s approval and research responsibilities, he was a member of the High Yield Bond and Leveraged Loan Commitment Committee which was responsible for the risk management of Lehman Brothers leveraged finance commitments. From 2007 through 2008, Michael was Group Head and Founder of Lehman Brothers Global Mezzanine Partners I, a $300 million mezzanine fund. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Michael spent 4 years at Kidder Peabody as an II-ranked high yield and distressed analyst covering automotive and general industrial companies. Michael graduated cum laude from Fordham University, College of Business Administration with a BS in Business Administration and concentration in Finance.


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