Ares Holdings, a subsidiary of Ares Management, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in SSG Capital Holdings and its operating subsidiaries. SSG Capital Holdings is not affiliated with SSG Capital Advisors.

Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices across Asia, SSG manages private credit and special situations funds totaling approximately $6.2 billion in assets under management, as of September 30, 2019. Supported by a global, institutional investor base, SSG is regarded as one of the top investment firms in Asia with numerous industry distinctions and accolades for its lending and distressed activities.

SSG is led by a highly experienced management team that has delivered attractive investment performance across various market cycles, transaction types and Asian countries, including India, Indonesia, China and Thailand.

“We believe SSG is the ideal partner for Ares to further expand into the strategically important Asian region,” said Michael Arougheti, CEO and president of Ares. “SSG is an experienced alternative investment manager with a long-tenured team with deep investment experience, well-established track record, comprehensive regional sourcing networks and global institutional investor relationships. We look forward to having Edwin Wong, Shyam Maheshwari, Andreas Vourloumis, Peter Cairns and their colleagues join our firm and we envision significant benefits for our respective investors and employees following this combination.”

“We are excited to partner with Ares and to capitalize on the significant investment opportunities we collectively see for the Asian region in the years to come,” said Edwin Wong, CEO of SSG Capital.

“Through the combination of our expertise in the region and the resources of the entire Ares platform, we believe we can better serve our growing investor base as many of our clients seek to increase their allocations to Asian alternative investment strategies.”