Stone Point Capital and R. Seelaus partnered to create Seelaus Financial, a women-owned and managed leveraged finance platform. Seelaus Financial says it will be the first women-owned platform capable of underwriting, structuring, arranging and distributing leveraged loans on a committed and best-efforts basis. Stone Point has also made a minority equity investment in R. Seelaus in order to further align the two firms in its commitment to enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the financial industry.

R. Seelaus is a women-owned and led broker dealer and asset manager headquartered in Chatham, NJ. As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise with a robust debt and equity capital markets effort, a secondary sales and trading platform and an asset management arm, R. Seelaus aims to help clients meet the full range of their financial needs while simultaneously furthering its DEI goals.

In addition to private equity, Stone Point’s platform includes a full-service capital markets and credit investing business. Through SPC Capital Markets, Stone Point has dedicated capabilities in structuring, arranging, underwriting and distribution across debt and equity products, while Stone Point Credit, Stone Point’s credit asset management business, pursues debt financing opportunities across the capital structure.

Seelaus Financial, through Seelaus Capital Markets, is excited to expand its capital markets services to leveraged finance, a business with historically high barriers to entry for underrepresented groups. SPC Capital Markets and Stone Point Credit will assist Seelaus with introductions to clients and intermediaries, and Stone Point’s capital commitment to Seelaus Financial will enable the company to underwrite and hold leveraged loans and revolvers.

“We have always been committed to expanding the opportunity set for leadership by women in areas of finance where there is little to no representation,” Annie Seelaus, CEO at Seelaus, said. “In Stone Point, we have found a partner that shares our vision for a more inclusive leveraged finance market that offers clients superior levels of service.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Annie Seelaus and her team to help take their business to the next level through the expansion of their leveraged finance capabilities,” Chuck Davis, CEO of Stone Point Capital, said. “We believe Seelaus is a best-in-class firm and admire their dedication to serving clients and supporting and empowering women in the financial services industry.”