Siena Lending Group hired Geoffrey Samuels as vice president of new business originations. In his new role, Samuels will focus on special situations, including Chapter 11, DIP and exit financings. He will report directly to Nick Payne, director of originations for Siena Lending Group, in Charleston, S.C.

“It’s exciting to join such a storied and well-respected firm in Siena. Their financial capabilities and commitment to providing exemplary service to their clients, referral partners and employees will make the expansion into bankruptcy finance a breeze,” Samuels said.

“We are excited to add someone of Geoff’s caliber and expertise to our originations team. Geoff has a lot of experience dealing with the nuances of in-court restructurings as a lender, and his knowledge will be a valuable addition to our platform,” Payne said.

Siena Lending Group is an asset-based lender serving middle market companies.