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Steve Vaccaro

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Vaccaro joined legacy CIFC in 2006 and is CIFC’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He previously served as legacy CIFC’s Co-Chief Investment Officer and was named Chief Investment Officer of CIFC upon its merger with Deerfield Capital Corp. in 2011. Mr. Vaccaro has over 40 years of experience in corporate lending and asset management. Mr. Vaccaro spent 25 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and predecessor firms where he began his banking career and where he received his credit training. At JPMorgan, Mr. Vaccaro's roles included Managing Director and Co-Head of the firm's Media group. Mr. Vaccaro's experience at JPMorgan also included merchant banking, including mezzanine and equity co-investing, and roles as a credit supervising officer in the bank's Corporate Banking department, member of the bank's Credit Audit group and Team Leader in the firm's Land Transportation and Global Automotive corporate lending groups.
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John DiRocco

Managing Director

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. DiRocco has 43 years of experience in financial services. Mr. DiRocco joins CIFC after serving as the Chief Operating Officer and founding member of Reef Road Capital Management. Prior to Reef Road Capital Management, Mr. DiRocco's career includes the CFO and COO functions at Citadel Investment Group and Paloma Partners LP respectively, throughout each firm's major growth periods. Mr. DiRocco also served as COO of credit fund Bell Point Capital and equity fund Balance Asset Management. He built and ran Shearson Lehman's international stock loan, prime brokerage and repo businesses as well as founding London Global Securities, an international financing and securities lending intermediary. Mr. DiRocco has built broker dealers in five different countries as well as two technology firms and has been internationally recognized for his contributions to securities industry. Mr. DiRocco received a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating summa cum laude.

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Abhishek Patwardhan, CFA

Managing Director

Mr. Patwardhan has 16 years of experience in investment management, restructuring, financial consulting, investment appraisal and financial modeling. Prior to CIFC, Mr. Patwardhan was a senior analyst at Logen Asset Management. Before his time with Logen, Mr. Patwardhan was an Associate at Alix Partners where he focused on turnarounds and restructurings. Prior to Alix, Mr. Patwardhan was an Associate with Istithmar World, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Government of Dubai. At Istithmar, Mr. Patwardhan concentrated on a North American distressed asset portfolio in retail, entertainment, gaming, hospitality and real estate sectors.
Mr. Patwardhan began his career as an Analyst with Dun & Bradstreet focusing on government clients in the Middle East. Mr. Patwardhan has a Bachelor of Commerce from Pune University. He is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a CFA charter.

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Alissa Randazzo

Portfolio Control

Executive Director

Ms. Randazzo has 20 years of experience in portfolio operations and credit analytics, specializing in CLOs and leveraged loan vehicles. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Randazzo was a Vice President at Global Leveraged Capital Management. During her tenure, she served as both the head of CLO operations and a member of the portfolio management team. Ms. Randazzo began her career at CIBC World Markets as an analyst within the credit portfolio management group. Ms. Randazzo holds a B.A. from Rutgers University where she double majored in Economics and French.

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Andrew Connelly

Executive Director

Trading - Europe

Mr. Connelly is a European Trader at CIFC and has 13 years of finance and investment banking experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Connelly was an analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. (KBW) where he was involved in the execution of equity offerings and M&A transactions across the bank and thrift space. Mr. Connelly holds a B.S. in Management and Finance from Providence College and an M.B.A from Northeastern University.

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Anna Kunz

Managing Director

Ms. Kunz has 18 years of experience working in the financial markets. Most recently, she served as the Head of Business Development at BlockTower Capital, an investment firm focused on trading, venture and credit investing across digital and traditional asset classes, where she was responsible for all aspects of global fundraising to institutional investors. Prior to joining BlockTower, she was a Managing Director and Head of Business Development and Marketing at Silverpeak Credit Partners, and, before that, was the Director of Marketing at Diker Capital. She began her career in the fixed income and rates businesses at Merrill Lynch and Nomura Securities. Ms. Kunz holds a B.S. in Finance with an Economics concentration and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

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Anna Sembos

Managing Director

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Sembos has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry across business strategy, mergers & acquisitions and corporate advisory, credit analysis and portfolio management. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Sembos spent over 17 years at Credit Suisse and held numerous leadership positions, including Head of Strategy, Chief of Staff and Americas Chief Operating Officer of Global Credit Products in the firm's Global Markets business. Previously, Ms. Sembos spent 10 years in Portfolio Management at Credit Suisse and served as Director of Research, Deputy Portfolio Manager for EMEA and Portfolio Manager for Global Emerging Markets. She started her career as an investment banking analyst in Mergers & Acquisitions and the Financial Institutions Group. Ms. Sembos earned her PhD in Management Studies and Finance and her Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Imperial College London, U.K. She is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society New York, where she currently serves as the Alternative Investments Group Chair and as mentor for the Young Leaders Group. Ms. Sembos is also Pod Leader at Declare, mentoring professional women and helping them navigate their careers, and a member of the Hellenic American Association for Professionals in Finance, where she previously served on the Board of Directors.

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Antonio LaMota

Vice President

Mr. Lamota is a Vice President of Fixed Income Settlements and Operations at CIFC. He joined the firm in 2022 and has 15 years of experience in portfolio operations and project management while working with Fixed Income, Equities, Structured and Derivatives products. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Lamota was a Vice President at JP Morgan Asset Management. During his tenure, he served as a Derivatives and Structured product specialist and project manager within operations. Mr. Lamota also held positions at Epoch Investment Partners, First Eagle Investment Management, SS&C Globeop, and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Lamota holds a B.A. in Finance from Fordham University.
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Ariana Huang

Vice President

Ms. Huang has 13 years of experience in fund structuring, tax compliance, tax provision and tax audit. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Huang was at Ernst & Young, LLP, where she served clients in the private equity, credit and debt fund industries. There she also performed tax provision services to banking clients and assurance services to mutual funds. Ms. Huang holds a M.S. in Tax and a B.S. in Accountancy from Bernard M. Baruch College.

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Asha Richards

Managing Director

General Counsel

Ms. Richards has over 21 years of experience in alternative asset management. Prior to CIFC, Ms. Richards was co-founder and general counsel of an alternative asset manager and adviser focused on investing in Latin America. Ms. Richards was General Counsel of Brookfield Asset Management’s Private Funds Group for four years where she was responsible for the structuring, marketing, fundraising and closing of private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as joint ventures. Ms. Richards also played a critical role in the development of three global corporate platforms—Fund Operations, Conflicts Management and Compliance. Prior to joining Brookfield, Ms. Richards worked with Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she represented a wide range of private investment funds, in their fund-raising efforts, operations and transactions, as well as certain institutional investors. Ms. Richards started her career at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she also focused on asset management. Ms. Richards holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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Bernie McCabe

Executive Director

Head of Human Resources

Bernie McCabe, Head of Human Resources holds 31 years of experience in Human Resources including nearly 3 years at LBC Credit Partners. Prior to joining CIFC, through the acquisition of LBC, Mr. McCabe served at The Bancorp Bank as Chief Human Resource Officer for 6 years and previously as Head of HR at American Modern Insurance Company a division of Munich Re America. He began his career at Vanguard and has held positions in HR management at CIGNA and ACE USA. Mr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Human Organization Science from Villanova University.

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Betty Lui, CFA

Vice President

Ms. Lui has 25 years of buyside credit research experience, focusing on the high yield, leveraged loan and investment grade markets. She is covering the Energy and Power sectors at CIFC and has previously covered the Chemicals, Retail, Consumer Products, Food & Beverage, Business Services and Telecom sectors. Prior to joining CIFC, she has spent 17 years at APG Asset Management US as a Senior Credit Analyst and was formerly with Harris Investment Management. Ms. Lui holds a MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University in Canada and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Bob McGann, CPA

Managing Director

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. McGann has 25 years of experience in accounting, operations, and financial reporting. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. McGann held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Capstone Investment Advisors LLC. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Guggenheim Investment Management LLC and Guggenheim Corporate Funding LLC, where he was responsible for the accounting and finance functions of Guggenheim Partners’ structured credit division. Prior to his role at Guggenheim Investment Management, Mr. McGann performed various accounting and finance roles within Guggenheim Partners, as well as having worked as an audit senior at Deloitte. Mr. McGann holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Mr. McGann is a licensed CPA in the State of New York, and is a member of AICPA and NYSSCPA.

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Bob McLaughlin

Vice President, Trader

Mr. McLaughlin joins with 10 years of experience trading high yield and distressed. Mr. McLaughlin joins CIFC from Serengeti Asset Management where he was a Vice President responsible for all trading. Before Serengeti, he worked at Imperial Capital for one year where he traded high yield and leveraged loans. Mr. McLaughlin spent four years at Cerberus Capital Management in the Corporate Credit Group where he began his career and received his credit training. Mr. McLaughlin earned his B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Brandon Hole

Managing Director

Mr. Hole has 24 years of experience focusing on the high yield markets. Mr. Hole joins CIFC from Millennium Management where he served as a Senior Analyst. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley for over a decade, most recently as Head of Corporate Credit Desk Analytics. Earlier in his career, he served as a Senior Analyst at Panton Capital Group and a Senior Analyst, High Yield Credit Research at Deutsche Bank Securities. Mr. Hole earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.

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Brendan Fahey

Vice President - Investment Research

Mr. Fahey has 11 years of credit and investment research experience. His coverage sectors include financials and consumer products. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Fahey served as a Senior Research Associate in PNC’s Asset Management Group, focused on alternative investment strategies. Mr. Fahey received a B.A. in International Relations from Lafayette College and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Caroline Redmond

Executive Director

Head of Investor Relations

Ms. Redmond has over 18 years of experience in investor relations and marketing. Prior to joining CIFC, she spent four years as an Associate Vice President at OFS Capital Management where she managed their marketing and investor relations across OFS’s public and private funds. Prior to OFS, Ms. Redmond spent over seven years at Palisade Capital Management, most recently as an Assistant Vice President where she led relationship management across both the firms traditional and alternative strategies. Ms. Redmond began her career at Aetos Alternatives Management, where she spent nearly five years on the business development and client services team. Ms. Redmond graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Finance and International Business.

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Catherine Chantharaj

Vice President

Ms. Chantharaj has over 16 years of experience in Middle Office and Operations with a concentration in CDO and CLO. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Chantharaj was an Associate Manager at SS&C Technologies and a Team Leader at Guggenheim Partners, Ltd. in the Leveraged Debt Group. Ms. Chantharaj began her career in finance as a Trustee at J.P. Morgan Chase. Ms. Chantharaj holds a B.S. in Consumer Science and Merchandising from University of Houston.

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Chad Hager

Managing Director

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hager has 26 years of experience focused in accounting, taxation, financial reporting, and fund operations. Prior to joining CIFC, Chad held the position of Senior Controller at Diameter Capital Partners LP, where he was responsible for fund accounting, tax and regulatory compliance. Prior to Diameter, he spent a decade as CFO for Wilson Capital Management LLC, a boutique long/short equity hedge fund manager, and before that as Controller/CCO at Second Curve Capital. Mr. Hager started his career in public accounting, providing audit, tax, and advisory services to a variety of industry groups before focusing on the fund space as a Manager in the Alternative Investment Group at Marcum LLP. Mr. Hager holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Hofstra University, and has been a licensed CPA in the State of New York since 1999.
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Charles Wang

Vice President

Mr. Wang has 8 years of experience working in investment and credit research and joined CIFC in 2015 from undergraduate. His research coverage includes aerospace/defense, autos, building products, and transportation. Mr. Wang received his B.B.A. in Finance & Investments from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
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Christopher Errico

Managing Director

Head of Settlements & Deal Admin

Mr. Errico is the Head of Settlements & Deal Administration at CIFC and has 28 years of experience in operations, change management and business process re-engineering specializing in CLOs and other Loan products. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Errico held various management level roles at Deutsche Bank over 14 years including Head of Global Loan Services, DB’s third party loan servicing provider, specializing in CLOs, distressed debt and agency services. Prior to that, Mr. Errico was Head of Global Loan Consulting responsible for all change management across DB’s loan operations group globally. Most recently, Mr. Errico was part of DB’s Business Engineering team which was responsible for all business process engineering across Operations. Mr. Errico holds a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Miami, FL.

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Colin McDermott

Vice President

Structured Credit

Mr. McDermott is a Vice President on the Structured Products team at CIFC where he is focused on portfolio management & compliance analysis. Since joining CIFC in 2011, Mr. McDermott has had diverse responsibilities including operations, middle office, CLO analytics & CLO warehouse valuation. Mr. McDermott graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park where was a member of the Financial Services Fellows program, with Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing.
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Conor Daly

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of European Credit

Mr. Daly brings 17 years of portfolio management, capital markets and leadership experience to CIFC. Mr. Daly joined from Onex Credit in 2022, where he had served as Head of European Credit and the lead Portfolio Manager on the firm’s European CLO business. Prior to Onex Credit, he spent 8 years at BlackRock, where he played an integral role in establishing the firm’s European CLO and leveraged loan business and served as a Portfolio Manager. He had previously established and managed BlackRock’s EMEA high yield capital markets function. Earlier in his career, he worked at Morgan Stanley primarily focused on leveraged finance across origination and syndication roles. Mr. Daly received his BSc (Finance) with 1st Class Honours from National University of Ireland – University of Cork.

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Dan Fatovic

Vice President, Trading

Mr. Fatovic has 9 years of experience in trading and operations. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Fatovic was an Associate Vice President on the leveraged loan trading desk at Credit Suisse. Prior to his role at Credit Suisse, Mr. Fatovic started his career at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation primarily focused on trade closings for the Loan Capital Markets desk. Mr. Fatovic received a B.A. in Economics and History from the University of Delaware.

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David Walker, CFA

Managing Director, CFA

Head of Investment Research

Mr. Walker has over 35 years of experience in debt and equity research in North America and Europe. Previously, he served as Director of Corporate Credit Research at Genworth Financial, where he was responsible for a multi-billion-dollar TMT corporate debt portfolio. Prior to that, Mr. Walker worked at credit-oriented hedge fund Tricadia Capital Management for nearly seven years as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst. Before that, among other roles, he was a Portfolio Manager at UBS Global Credit Strategies and Co-Head of High Yield Research at JPMorgan Securities. Mr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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EZ Bardeguez

Vice President

Mr. Bardeguez has been in the technology engineering space for 14 years. He has worked in industries such as AdTech, FinTech, Streaming, Mobile Gaming and Finance. From tech startups to big named brands such as Zynga, Major League Baseball, and Disney; Mr. Bardeguez has been a part of Disney and was a core engineer on the Disney + service. Mr. Bardeguez’s focus has been large scale automation and helping companies adopt modern techniques to improve infrastructure efficiency. EZ Bardeguez holds a B.A. of English Literature at Rutgers University of New Jersey.

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Frederic Dubinski

Vice President

Software Engineer

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Gregg Heimer

Executive Director, Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure & CISO

With over 25 years as a technologist, Mr. Heimer has a diverse background in Information Technology. He has led and developed technology initiatives to support floor operations for broker dealers on the NYSE & PHLX and architected low latency algorithmic trading infrastructures within premiere data centers. Prior to working in financial services Mr. Heimer was the principal for a managed services provider, worked in higher education as a network engineer and has a diverse background in broadcast engineering for his roles at FOX, NBC, and ABC affiliates. He holds a M.S. degree in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University and a B.S in Communication from Millersville University in addition to several professional technology certifications.

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Ira Ginsburg, CFA

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of CLOs

Mr. Ginsburg is a Senior Portfolio Manager at CIFC and has 33 years of experience in corporate lending and portfolio management. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Ginsburg was a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Callidus Capital. Mr. Ginsburg began his career at JPM in 1991 where he received his credit training. While at JPM, he was a Vice President in the High Yield Finance group and held other roles in the Retail Industries, Management Reporting and Merger Integration groups. Mr. Ginsburg holds a B.S. in Finance and Management from New York University and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

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Jaeik Oh

Managing Director

Head of Asian Distribution

Mr. Oh has 26 years of experience in structured credit, investment banking and capital markets. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Oh was in charge of trading, marketing and distribution of CLOs and other structured credit products for Asia Pacific at RBS Japan, and previously served as the Head of Credit Structuring for Japan. Prior to RBS Japan, Mr. Oh spent 4 years in Japan and 1 year in New York leading Credit Agricole CIB’s Risk Solutions business. Mr. Oh started his career at RBS Greenwich Capital as a Financial Engineer responsible for analytics modeling of mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Oh received a B.S. and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1992 and 1993, respectively, and a MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 1997.

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Jaime Souhlakis

Vice President

Ms. Souhlakis has 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Souhlakis spent 8 years on the Investor Relations team at Brigade Capital Management. Previously, she worked nearly a decade on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) at MBF Clearing Corporation. While there, she was as an Energy Commodities Trader for 7 years and a Trading Assistant for 2 years. Ms. Souhlakis holds a B.A. in Business Administration, sum cum laude, from Rutgers University.

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James Finnerty

Executive Director

Mr. Finnerty has 30 years of corporate finance experience. Prior to joining CIFC, he worked as credit sector specialist on Citigroup's high yield trading desk where he covered the building products, homebuilding, basic materials, industrials and aerospace defense sectors.

Prior to that, Mr. Finnerty was an Institutional Investor ranked high yield publishing analyst at Citigroup covering the building products, homebuilding, basic materials and gaming sectors. Prior to his investment research career, Mr. Finnerty was a member of Citigroup's (Salomon Brothers) Emerging Market Fixed Income Desk (NY & London) and Citigroup's Fixed Income Credit Derivatives Financial Control Group. Mr. Finnerty holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

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James Frey, CFA

Vice President

Mr. Frey has 8 years of credit and investment research experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Frey served as an Associate at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank where he underwrote leveraged finance transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Frey earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Jamie Goldstein FRM, CPA

Executive Director

Structured Credit Trader

Jamie Goldstein has 13 years of experience in investment banking, finance and accounting. Prior to joining CIFC, she worked at Goldman Sachs on the New Issue CLO Structuring team within the Investment Banking Division, where she was responsible for modeling, structuring, and pricing CLO transactions. Prior to that, she worked at American Express, where she was responsible for the valuations of the firm's derivative book and at Ernst & Young in their Audit practice. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management and graduated from the University of Virginia with an M.S in Accounting. She has her FRM designation and is a CPA.

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Jason Horowitz

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of U.S. High Yield Bond Investments

Mr. Horowitz brings 29 years of investment experience to CIFC. Previously, he worked at Millennium Management, where he served as Portfolio Manager for a long/short corporate credit strategy with an emphasis on U.S. High Yield. Before that, Mr. Horowitz spent 13 years at Muzinich & Co., most recently as the lead Portfolio Manager overseeing a long/short corporate credit hedge fund recognized for its outperformance by numerous industry awards throughout his tenure. Prior to that, he served as an equity and high yield research analyst at Credit Suisse. Mr. Horowitz earned a B.A. in Sociology from Yeshiva University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Yale School of Management.

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Jason Ziegler

Managing Director

Mr. Ziegler has 26 years of experience in credit and structured products. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Ziegler last served as a Senior Director of Structured Products at ORIX USA. In this role, Mr. Ziegler acted as Portfolio Manager for the firm’s $500mm Structured Product portfolio, which included investments in CLOs, RMBS and ABS. Prior to joining ORIX in 2012, Mr. Ziegler was a Director at Highland Capital Management LP, where he held various roles, including investing the firm’s capital in various Structured Products and marketing firm strategies to institutional investors. Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Ziegler was an Associate in the Structuring and Origination Group within the Global Structured Finance division of Banc of America Securities LLC, where he focused on structuring Single-Seller Conduit programs up to $25 billion. During his time with Banc of America Securities LLC, Mr. Ziegler also oversaw the bank’s exposure to interest rate swaps employed across various securitized asset classes. Mr. Ziegler began working at Banc of America LLC as a credit analyst on the High-Grade Bond and Commercial Paper desk. Mr. Ziegler earned a BBA in Business Management and an MBA from Winthrop University and has passed the NASD Series 7, 63 and 65 exams

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Jay Huang

Managing Director

Head of Structured Credit Investments

Mr. Huang is a Managing Director and Head of Structured Credit Investments at CIFC. Mr. Huang has over 24 years experience in structured finance trading and portfolio management. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Huang spent 16 years at Citigroup where he was managing director and global head of their CLO, CDO and distressed Structured Investment Vehicle trading business. Prior to joining Citigroup, he worked at Salomon Smith Barney on the CDO structuring desk from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Huang graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with honors in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and a minor in Computer Science.

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Jennie Thomas, CPA

Managing Director

Head of Fund Accounting & Financial Reporting, Chief Accounting Officer

Ms. Thomas is the Chief Accounting Officer at CIFC and has over 23 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting. Prior to joining CIFC in January 2013, Ms. Thomas spent four years at iStar Financial Inc. where she was responsible for financial reporting and accounting policy. Prior to that, Ms. Thomas was a Manager in the assurance and advisory services practice of Ernst & Young, LLP where she served clients in the real estate and financial services industries. Ms. Thomas holds a B.S. degree from St. John’s University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.

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Jim Boothby

Managing Director

Global Co-Head of Business Development

Mr. Boothby has 25 years of experience in credit, business development, and investor relations. Previously, Mr. Boothby spent four years as Managing Director at Seix Investment Advisors where he was responsible for raising assets across investor segments throughout North America. Prior to his time with Seix, Mr. Boothby was a Vice President at Palisade Capital Management where he was responsible for raising assets from single and multi-family offices as well as endowment and foundation clients. Previous to Palisade Capital Management, Mr. Boothby was a Vice President in the Private Client Group at Roosevelt Investment. Prior to Roosevelt Investment, Mr. Boothby spent over two years with Aviva Investors as a Director focused on sourcing and developing clients in North America and introducing alternative and traditional solutions to clients focused in the family office and hedge fund of fund channel. Prior, Mr. Boothby spent two years with Ram Capital Resources as a Director of Marketing and Client Development. Mr. Boothby spent over four years with Saddle River Capital Management as a Vice President focused on sales and marketing. Mr. Boothby began his career with Morgans Independent Advisors based in London as an Independent Financial Consultant. Mr. Boothby received a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Liverpool.

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Josephine Paje

Executive Director

Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Paje has 17 years of regulatory compliance experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Paje was the Chief Compliance Officer at The Midway Group, a fixed income hedge fund manager with a dedicated investment strategy in hedged mortgage derivatives. Ms. Paje was previously a compliance officer at Brookfield Asset Management where she was responsible for assisting with the ongoing implementation, monitoring and enhancement of the investment adviser and broker-dealer regulatory compliance programs. Her previous experience includes supporting the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at hedge fund manager Sandelman Partners, L.P., the tax-exempt capital markets investment banking group at J.P. Morgan, and the structured finance group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ms. Paje received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.S. from New York University.

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Joshua Hughes

Managing Director

Global Co-Head of Business Development

Mr. Hughes has 26 years of sales, marketing and business development experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Hughes served as Head of Global Distribution at Muzinich & Co. Prior to joining Muzinich & Co. in 2008, Mr. Hughes served as Relationship Manager, Global Markets at Raiffeisen Zentral Osterreich AG and Head of Pension Fund and Investment Consultant Relations at FTSE Russell. He began his career in sales at Thomson Reuters. Mr. Hughes graduated from Loughborough University with B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics.

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Keith Cullar

Executive Director

Mr. Cullar is an Investment Analyst at CIFC and has 17 years of credit research experience in the leveraged loan space. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Cullar spent 10 years at Jefferies Finance working as a research and credit analyst for their CLO and Leverage Finance structuring platforms. Mr. Cullar began his career at CIT Group where he served as a junior research analyst in their middle market direct lending platform . Mr. Cullar holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.

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Lily Wicker

Managing Director

Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel

Ms. Wicker has 17 years of experience in regulatory compliance. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Wicker was Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel at Sound Point Capital Management, LP. Prior to Sound Point, she was Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel at GoldenTree Asset Management LP. Prior to GoldenTree, she held senior compliance roles at Permal Group and Brookfield Investment Management. Ms. Wicker started her career at Goldman Sachs, supporting the Fixed Income Trading and Sales desks. Ms. Wicker holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State bar.

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Lorelei He

Vice President

Lorelei He is a Vice President on CIFC's Structured Credit team. She has 8 years of industry experience primarily in investment banking and CLO structuring. She holds a Master of Science in financial economics from Columbia Business School and attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies. Prior to joining Columbia Business School, she worked at Deutsche Bank on the new issue CLO structuring team within the investment banking division where she was responsible for modeling, structuring, and pricing CLO transactions.

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Mark Sanofsky

Managing Director

Mr. Sanofsky is a Managing Director at CIFC with a primary focus on the structuring, marketing, and execution of CLOs, loan accumulation facilities, and structured credit funds/accounts. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Sanofsky was at RBS Securities Inc. where he was responsible for financing, structuring and distributing new issue U.S. CLO transactions and leveraged loan warehouse facilities. Prior to joining RBS Securities Inc., Mr. Sanofsky was an attorney at Dechert LLP where he advised financial institutions, asset managers, hedge funds and institutional investors in a variety of structured finance transactions, which included broadly syndicated and middle-market CLOs, as well as rated and unrated leveraged loan warehouse facilities. Mr. Sanofsky holds a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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Matthew Andrews, CFA

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of Capital Markets - Structured Credit

Mr. Andrews has 23 years of experience in investment banking, structured finance and business development. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Andrews was Head of CLO Origination and Structuring for RBS Securities Inc.'s U.S. CLO business. Prior to running the CLO business, Mr. Andrews was a Director in the Asset Backed Finance Group where he was responsible for originating, financing, structuring and distributing new issue securitizations backed primarily by leveraged loans, credit cards and consumer loan receivables. Prior to joining RBS Securities Inc., via Greenwich Capital Markets, Inc., Mr. Andrews was an Associate at Banc One Capital Markets, Inc. where he focused on originating, structuring and distributing securitizations backed by credit cards, consumer loans, auto loans, student loans, rental cars and equipment loans. In addition, Mr. Andrews originated and distributed senior unsecured debt issuances for investment grade companies while at Banc One Capital Markets, Inc. Mr. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Economics from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Andrews is a CFA charterholder.

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Matthew Gruppo

Managing Director

CLO Portfolio Manager

Mr. Gruppo is a CLO Portfolio Manager at CIFC and has 13 years of experience in leveraged finance and portfolio management. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Gruppo was an Associate at Alliance Partners, where he underwrote leveraged finance transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Gruppo began his career at J.P. Morgan where he completed JPM’s investment banking and credit training program. Mr. Gruppo holds a B.A. in Economics with a Minor in International Relations from Hobart College.

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Matthew Heckler

Managing Director

Mr. Heckler has 25 years of experience in credit and investment research. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Heckler was a Director at DW Partners focused on research and investing in the distressed and performing High Yield Bond and Leverage Loan markets. Previously, he worked as a Managing Director of Research at both Logen Asset Management and Whippoorwill Associates. Mr. Heckler has also worked at Satellite Asset Management, Wexford Capital and Lazard Freres as a Senior Analyst in Distressed Research. Mr. Heckler earned a B.S. in Finance from Babson College in 1990 and an MBA from The Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.

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Max Elliott-Taylor

Vice President

CLO Portfolio Manager – Europe

Mr. Elliott-Taylor is a CLO Portfolio Manager in the CIFC London office and has 10 years of experience primarily in leveraged finance and portfolio management. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Elliott-Taylor was an Associate at Investcorp Credit Management, where he invested in leveraged loan and high yield bond transactions and was responsible for healthcare coverage. Mr. Elliott-Taylor began his career at Legal & General. Mr. Elliott-Taylor holds a First Class Honours (BSc) in Economics from the University of Leeds.

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Michael Carroll

Executive Director

Mr. Carroll has over 30 years of experience in credit, investor relations, business development and sales support. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Carroll was a Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations for MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC, an alternative asset management firm focused on fixed income and real asset based strategies. Previously, he spent eight years as a Director of Sales and Client Services for Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC which, amongst other credit based strategies, focused on CLOs, bank loan commingled funds and separately managed accounts. Prior to Aladdin, Mr. Carroll spent over nine years as a Marketing Officer with Vanderbilt Capital Advisors. He began his career at SEI Corporation where he was responsible for servicing over sixty-five investment advisory clients in the New York Metropolitan area. He also worked for Arthur Andersen & Company as a Research Analyst. Mr. Carroll holds a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Otterbein University.

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Michael Nespola, CFA

Managing Director

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Nespola is a Portfolio Manager at CIFC and has 14 years of experience in leveraged finance and investment research. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Nespola was an Associate at the Bank of Montreal, where he underwrote leveraged finance transactions across a variety of industries. He began his career at Cambridge Associates, where he most recently served as a Research Analytics Associate focusing on private equity manager research. Mr. Nespola holds a B.A. in Economics from Stonehill College.

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Natalia Lojevsky

Executive Director

Ms. Lojevsky has 16 years of experience working in the global financial markets. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Lojevsky served as the Head of North American Distribution for CI Capital, the investment banking arm of Commercial International Bank, a leading emerging markets institution, where she was responsible for all aspects of CI Capital’s US-based business and the distribution of its multi-asset offering to a broad base of institutional investors including pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and endowments. Ms. Lojevsky spent a year at South Africa’s Investec Bank and 3 years at Russia’s VTB Capital where she was responsible for institutional sales and sales trading, covering North American institutions. Ms. Lojevsky also spent 4 years at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management where she was a relationship manager in the Private Bank covering Ultra High Net Worth individuals and large family offices as part of DBPWM’s top revenue generating team. Ms. Lojevsky holds a B.S. in Biology from American University.

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Nathaniel Cohen

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – LBC Division

Mr. Cohen has 35-years’ experience in operations and multi sector growth and distressed investing with the past 18 years dedicated to private credit, junior debt, and special situations. He is a Managing Partner of LBC Credit Management, a manager of ten middle market private credit funds, which he co- founded in 2005 and sold to CIFC Asset Management in 2021. Prior to LBC, he was an operating partner for LLR Partners, a middle market private equity firm and co-founded and was the Chairman and CEO of Globalcom Telecommunications which he sold to Comcast Corporation in 1997, where he served as Division President and CFO. Early in his career, Mr. Cohen worked in public accounting, real-estate, and the healthcare industries. Throughout his career, he has been a board member for many companies across diversified industries and is currently serves on the board for Cedar Electronics Corp and Diversified Maintenance Services representing LBC. Mr. Cohen has also served on numerous charitable boards, has been honored for his professional and charitable achievements and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Lay Employees Retirement Plans. He is a graduate of the Drexel University Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting.
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Nevil Sampayo

Executive Director

Mr. Sampayo has over 20 years of experience in portfolio management, structured finance and technology. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Sampayo worked as a developer at Hudson Advisors building data infrastructure for the residential mortgage and RMBS capital markets business. Prior to Hudson, Mr. Sampayo was a Senior Credit Risk Associate focusing in Structed Credit at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Sampayo holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tampa, M.S. in Finance from Florida International University and M.B.A. in Quantitative Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Mr. Sampayo is a CFA Charterholder.
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Nevin Torres

Executive Director

Ms. Torres has 15 years of experience in investor relations, wealth management, marketing and sales. Most recently, Ms. Torres was a Vice President at LBC Credit Partners running their Investor Relations team where she was responsible for fundraising, marketing materials, client reporting and investor servicing. Prior to LBC, Ms. Torres was a Wealth Manager at The Bank of New York Mellon covering the Ultra High Net Worth segment. In this role she was responsible for asset allocation and investment strategy for her clients, along with estate planning and fiduciary duties. Prior to BNY Mellon, she worked at Creative Financial Group in marketing and sales roles, primarily focused on relationship development and the client experience. Ms. Torres graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Political Science.
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Nicholas Larsen

Executive Director, Trader

Mr. Larsen has 17 years of trading, risk management and financial analysis experience focusing on credit markets. He joins CIFC from UBS where he was an institutional trader on the High Yield desk. Earlier in his career, Mr. Larsen worked as a Vice President at JP Morgan with the Emerging Markets team for 2 years. Prior to that, he worked on the UBS Structured Credit desk for 5 years. Mr. Larsen earned his B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.

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Nick Verma

Managing Director

Mr. Verma has 22 years of credit, investment management, and business development experience. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Verma served as Managing Director and Head of Business Development for Logen Asset Management. Prior to his tenure with Logen, Mr. Verma was a Partner and Head of Business Development at Reef Road Capital, a corporate credit focused investment manager formed by senior members of JP Morgan’s credit trading business and Bell Point Capital Management, for five years. Previous to Reef Road, Mr. Verma spent three years as a Partner and Head of Business Development at Bell Point, a liquid multi-strategy credit opportunities hedge fund formed by former senior members of Credit Suisse Alternative Capital and Citadel Investment Group. Prior to Bell Point, Mr. Verma was Senior Principal and Co-Head of Private Equity and External Manager Origination at The BMB Group/EMP Global, the family office of members of the Royal Family of Brunei. Prior, Mr. Verma spent six years as a founding member and investment professional of the Alternative Capital Division at Credit Suisse. Mr. Verma holds a B.A. in Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Mr. Verma is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.

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Patricia Lam

Vice President

Assistant General Counsel

Ms. Lam has 8 years of legal and compliance experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining CIFC, she was part of the Structuring team at Partners Group, where she advised on and led the formation of private funds and customized separate accounts in the private debt, equity, infrastructure and real estate asset classes. Prior to Partners Group, she was Legal Counsel at Eagle Point Credit Management. Prior to Eagle Point, she was a Compliance Associate at Natixis. Ms. Lam received her J.D. from Pace University School of Law and B.A. from Hofstra University. She is a member of the New York State bar.

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Patrick Bard

Executive Director

Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure

Mr. Bard has 14 years of engineering experience and been with CIFC since 2018. Previously, he spent four years as a Systems Engineer for a publicly traded asset manager who held contracts with two publicly traded BDCs. Mr. Bard started his career at a technology consulting firm that focused on clients in the financial sector. Mr. Bard holds a B.B.A. from Iona College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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Pramod Surendran

Managing Director

Head of Software Development

Mr. Surendran has 22 years of experience building software and analytics applications for structured products, mortgage and e-commerce domains. Prior to joining CIFC, he led the data and analytics effort for SPG Trading desks at Morgan Stanley, with cutting edge work on nlp and ml to extract information from deal docs. He built various risk, pnl and pre-trade analytics models for ABS, CLO and Leverage Loan desks at Morgan Stanley. Prior to his 12 years at Morgan Stanley, he worked at UBS, Ameriquest Mortgage Services, eBay and i2 Technologies. Mr. Surendran loves to build on scale and passionate about using technology to solve business problems. He completed his engineering training from REC Calicut.

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Pritam Raut

Managing Director

Head of Front Office Applications

Mr. Raut has 26 years of technology leadership experience in financial services/consulting. He developed technology solutions for Credit and Risk businesses at banks and for the Technology Consulting business. Mr. Raut holds a M.B.A. from the New York University Stern and a B.E. in Electronics from the University of Mumbai, India.

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Rahul Singh

Executive Director

Application Development

Mr. Singh has 17 years of software development and technology leadership experience in financial services. Prior to CIFC, he worked as Technology Consultant for various alternative asset management and global macro businesses in New York and Los Angeles which includes Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, MKP Capital Management LLC, Caxton Associates LP, P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP and 400 Capital Management LLC. He holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering, with honors from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India.

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Rasta Behrang

Managing Director

Senior Investment Analyst

Mr. Behrang has 18 years of experience in corporate finance. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Behrang served as a credit analyst for 7 years at Man Group, 1 year of which was with Silvermine Capital Management before its acquisition by Man Group. Previously, he was an Assistant Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Research at Jefferies where he also served as an Associate in Investment Banking. Mr. Behrang received his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, as well as his M.B.A. from Sharif University of Technology.

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Rhys Pitt

Executive Director

Chief Operating Officer, Europe

Mr. Pitt is the Chief Operating Officer at the CIFC London office and has 23 years of experience in Investment Banking and Asset Management middle office and operations. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Pitt was COO at Centricus Asset Management and has also held senior operational positions at Rhodium Capital Management, Citi Capital Advisors and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Pitt holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy from Leeds Metropolitan University Business School.

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Richard Hervas

Vice President

Mr. Hervas is a Fund Analyst at CIFC and has 24 years of experience in fixed income asset management. Mr. Hervas joined CIFC upon its merger with Deerfield Capital Corp., which he joined in 2000. Mr. Hervas held several roles at Deerfield as Counterparty Risk Manager analyzing fund risk management and compliance analysis. He previously held roles in Operations, including collateral management and bond trading settlements. Mr. Hervas holds a B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Rick Lam, CFA

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of Trading

Mr. Lam has 25 years of experience in corporate lending. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Lam was with RBC in the Capital Markets Leveraged Loan Syndications group where he originated, structured and distributed bank debt with a focus on middle market and cross border transactions. Before joining RBC, Mr. Lam spent three years at J.P. Morgan where he began his banking career and received his credit training. At JPM, Mr. Lam was a member of the Global Syndicated Finance group where he performed credit analysis in support of bank loan transactions. Mr. Lam holds a B.A. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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Rinse Terpstra

Executive Director

Senior Investment Analyst - Europe

Mr. Terpstra is a Senior Investment Analyst in CIFC's London Office. He has 22 total years of experience; 18 years in leveraged loans and high yield bonds and 4 years as an auditor. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Terpstra was a Senior Investment Analyst at Chenavari Investment Managers where he invested in leveraged credit covering multiple sectors. He worked before at ING and Lloyds Bank in origination, syndicating and restructuring. Mr. Terpstra holds a Master in economics and Post Master in Accountancy from the University of Amsterdam.

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Robert Mandery

Managing Director

Senior Investment Analyst

Mr. Mandery has 22 years of experience in the high yield credit markets focusing on both leveraged loans and corporate bonds. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Mandery spent 14 years at Citi where he most recently served as the Group Head of the High Yield Credit Sector Specialists. Previously, Mr. Mandery was a senior analyst at Citi who actively covered multiple sectors including airlines, healthcare, industrials, and paper & packaging. Before joining Citi, Mr. Mandery spent 2 years on JPMorgan’s secondary leveraged loan trading desk. Mr. Mandery holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

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Stan Sokolowski

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Sokolowski has 33 years of credit, portfolio management and trading experience He is the lead portfolio manager for CIFC's Corporate Credit Loan Funds and a member of the firm's Investment Committee Mr. Sokolowski has a broad range of investment management skills and experience in private and public credit markets He has invested and traded across the spectrum of credit from high yield to investment grade as well as distressed and stressed credit, fixed and floating rate instruments, bonds, loans, CDS and index products.

Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Sokolowski was a portfolio manager and trader with Lucidus Capital Partners, a credit trading firm spun out of Caxton Associates where he was a portfolio manager for five years Before joining Caxton in 2006 he was a Managing Director with J P Morgan where he founded and managed the European par and distressed loan trading business based in London Mr. Sokolowski completed Chemical Bank's MBA Capital Markets and Credit Training Program in 1994 While at JPMorgan, Mr. Sokolowski held several positions in New York and London in the Capital Markets, Sales and Trading, Investment Banking and Emerging Markets businesses Mr. Sokolowski holds a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University.

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Stephen Smith

Managing Director

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Smith is a Portfolio Manager at CIFC and has 28 years of experience with a focus on corporate finance and CLOs. Since joining CIFC in 2006, Mr. Smith has had diverse portfolio management responsibilities including CLO fund analytics and valuation, CLO management and tranche investing. Mr. Smith spent 6 years at JPM where he began his banking career and where he received his credit training. At JPM, Mr. Smith worked in the Global Syndicated Finance and Financial Sponsor groups where he originated, structured and distributed senior bank financings. Mr. Smith also co-managed a private family investment company where he gained experience in early stage equity investing. Mr. Smith holds a B.A. in Biochemistry and Economics from Bowdoin College.

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Steven Gendal

Managing Director

Senior Portfolio Manager

Head of Opportunistic Credit

Mr. Gendal has 26 years of experience in credit and investment research. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Gendal was Managing Partner of Logen Asset Management for three years. Prior to his time with Logen, Mr. Gendal was with Whippoorwill Associates, an investment firm focused on distressed debt and special situations, for over 15 years, last serving as Portfolio Manager and Director of Research. Before joining Whippoorwill Associates, Mr. Gendal was a Litigation and Valuation Consultant at Goldstein, Golub Kessler & Company, an Analyst of high-yield and distressed securities at Greenwich High Yield, and a Corporate Finance Associate at Brean Murray & Company. Mr. Gendal received a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University in 1993 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1996.

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Suri Kandukuri

Managing Director

Information Technology

Mr. Kandukuri has 18 years of experience in building and managing Structured Product Technology teams and applications with asset classes spanning from Corporate Loans, CLOs, Whole Loan Mortgages, MBS Pools, CMOs, and high yield bonds for Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Wealth Management and Broker Dealers. He provided his leadership, technology vision and technology expertise for helping in building technology solutions for Portfolio Management, Trade capture and Settlement, Risk Analytics, Credit Risk Management, Property Management and Loan Servicing Oversight for various Asset Classes. He started his career as a developer and he delivers technology solutions by working closely with development, engineering and infrastructure teams using his technical and leadership expertise. He has experience in managing global teams across multiple continents, experience in managing technology solution providers and experience in managing technology service providers. He Holds M.S. in Computer Science from Buffalo State University, NY.

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Swapna Kanekar

Managing Director - Head of Tax

Ms. Kanekar has 29 years of experience providing complex tax consulting, structuring and compliance services for hedge funds, private equity funds, and the investment strategies and products they employ. Prior to CIFC, she worked at credit focused investment firms, the Blackstone Group, Angelo Gordon, Cross Ocean Partners, and Silver Point. She specializes in credit, including distressed debt & special opportunities, and hedge/private equity asset classes. In addition, she has worked with public accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen, in senior positions. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she was awarded the Chairman's Award for being a team lead for the design and development of the curriculum for Learning & Education - Structuring and Strategy: Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds. Ms. Kanekar holds a B.Com degree from University of Pune, India, graduating first class with distinction.

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Thomas Gough

Managing Director

Head of Middle Office

Mr. Gough is the Head of Middle Office at CIFC and has 35 years of experience in investment operations, corporate finance, and business technology positions. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Gough held business technology leadership positions in the manufacturing and retail sectors where he was responsible for implementing financial systems across complex multinational organizations. Mr. Gough also held analyst positions at Lexington Mortgage and SourceOne Financial Corp. Mr. Gough holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Radford University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

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Timothy Divers, CPA

Vice President

Mr. Divers has 10 years of accounting and audit experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CIFC in March 2019, Mr. Divers spent four years at KPMG LLP working in the audit services practice. Mr. Divers holds a B.S. degree from Lehigh University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey and is a member of the AICPA and NJCPA.

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Tom Hotchkiss, CFA

Vice President

Mr. Hotchkiss has 12 years of experience in high yield credit and equity markets. His coverage area includes cable, media, and telecom. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Hotchkiss worked at J.P. Morgan in High Yield Credit Research covering telecom and technology, as well as in Equity Research covering energy. Mr. Hotchkiss earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Merrimack College, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

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Tracey Ewing

Managing Director

Head of Risk Management

Ms. Ewing has 36 years of experience in risk management, lending, and portfolio management. Ms. Ewing spent over 18 years at JPM where she began her banking career and where she received her credit training. At JPM, Ms. Ewing was a Vice President of Client Credit Management where she monitored clients' credit quality, led the annual risk review process for select portfolio sub sectors, structured and negotiated new loans and amendments and coordinated credit infrastructure improvement projects. Ms. Ewing holds a B.A. in Business Economics and American History from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Vauhini Khan

Head Administrative Officer

For more than a decade, Ms. Khan has been at the forefront of supporting Mr. Vaccaro, spearheading all CIFC events, and recently led in all new office space implementations. As the Head of Administration, Ms. Khan and her team diligently works towards improving our office workspace and culture at all our locations across the globe. Prior to joining CIFC, Ms. Khan has had extensive experience in serving as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Broadreach Group. Ms. Khan holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a Minor in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Queens College. As a proud Indo-Guyanese American, Ms. Khan has a broad background in traditional Indian dance of which she has actively been involved professionally in for over 25 years.

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Varunraj Thayalalingam

Vice President - Head of European Compliance

Mr. Thayalalingam, CFA, serves as the Head of European Compliance at CIFC Asset Management and has 12 years of experience in legal and regulatory compliance. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing and providing strategic guidance on CIFC's UK and EU activities. Before joining CIFC, he was Vice President of International Compliance at AQR Capital Management, where he advised senior management on and oversaw AQR's international regulatory and compliance matters. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thayalalingam was Legal and Compliance Officer at Amber Capital UK LLP, where he oversaw regulatory and compliance matters of entities within the Amber umbrella. Prior to that, he held the position of Associate Director at Twelve Capital, where he led capital market transactions and product structuring solutions, as well as managed group compliance frameworks. Mr. Thayalalingam graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zurich. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

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Vichai Soysouvanh

Executive Director

Controller

Mr. Soysouvanh is the Controller at CIFC and has 17 years of accounting, tax, audit experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Soysouvanh served as the Controller at the family office for the co-founders of Fortress Investment Group. Previously, he held accounting and finance positions at hedge funds, ExodusPoint Capital Management, Third Point and MSD Capital. Mr. Soysouvanh holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College.

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