Thomas (Tom) M. Affolter has joined White Oak as a managing director based in Chicago. He will focus on originating new investment opportunities and expanding the coverage network for White Oak’s private debt funds.

“We are excited to have Tom join our team,” said John Felix, co-head of Originations at White Oak Global Advisors. “His experience in sourcing, structuring and executing investments in the middle market lending space will no doubt be invaluable to White Oak as we expand our capabilities and expertise across sectors and lending products.”

Affolter has more than 20 years of debt and equity investment experience in a variety of roles. Prior to White Oak, he spent time at Goldman Sachs’ Specialty Lending Group in Chicago. Prior to Goldman Sachs, HE was a partner at Victory Park Capital Advisors and has served in various positions at CIT and GE Capital (separately via GE’s acquisitions of both Antares Capital and Heller Financial). Over his career, he has focused on middle market secured lending opportunities for leveraged buyouts, refinancings, recapitalizations and turnarounds in both private equity sponsored and non-sponsored transactions.