Chris York joined SLR Capital Partners as a partner. York will focus on product and business development, leveraging his 17 years of experience in the credit and alternatives investment industry.
“We are excited to have Chris join our business development and investor relations team,” Michael Gross and Bruce Spohler, co-founders of SLR Capital Partners, said. “His experience working with both public and private credit investors will be invaluable as we expand our client base.”
Prior to joining SLR Capital Partners, York was a managing director and a BDC product specialist at Blue Owl Credit (formerly Owl Rock), where he was responsible for cultivating new institutional investor relationships and supporting client service through both educational assistance and markets research about the evolving private credit marketplace, identifying the attribution of fundamental performance drivers and differentiation among BDCs in the market that could lead to outperformance among securities in a given opportunity set.
Prior to joining Owl Rock, he was a managing director & equity research analyst at JMP Securities (a Citizens company), covering the commercial and specialty finance industries. At JMP Securities, he was responsible for advising institutional investors on investments in exchange-listed primary and secondary securities. York’s formal research coverage included more than 40 BDCs, mortgage REITs, and U.S. SMID commercial banks, focusing on the origination of middle-market commercial credit among these lenders following the Great Financial Crisis, agnostic to structure or regulator, and identifying relative value. His BDC coverage during the maturation of the asset class earned him recognition as a Thomson Reuters Analyst Award winner in earnings estimates and a ranking as a top-quartile analyst in stock picking by Tip Ranks.
York has also held equity research roles at ROTH Capital Partners and William Blair & Company, as well as commercial banking roles at Bank of America and LaSalle Bank.