Ares Management, a global alternative investment manager, closed its fifth commingled European direct lending fund, Ares Capital Europe V (ACE V), at €11 billion ($13.34 billion). According to Ares, this represents the largest European direct lending fund raised to date.
Ares Management closed its Ares Pathfinder Fund, L.P. With $3.7 billion in total commitments closed, the fund was significantly oversubscribed at its hard cap and exceeded its original target of $2 billion.
Ares Management won four awards from Private Debt Investor and Private Equity International, including Global Fund Manager of the Year, BDC of the Year (Americas), Distressed Debt Investor of the Year (Asia- Pacific) and Lender of the Year (North America).
In Q3/20, Ares Capital made $706 million in new investment commitments, of which $447 million were funded, including nine new portfolio companies and 15 existing portfolio companies. Of the $706 million in new commitments made during Q3/20, 94% were in first lien senior secured loans.
During Q2/20, Ares Capital made $867 million in new investment commitments, of which $741 million were funded, including five new portfolio companies and 17 existing portfolio companies. Of the new commitments, 69% were in first lien senior secured loans.
J.P. Morgan led a syndicate of 37 bank participants in increasing and extending Ares Capital’s revolving credit facility. The facility was increased by $240 million to $3.6 billion and the final maturity date was extended to March 30, 2025.
Ares Management has appointed Kipp deVeer to its board of directors, effective immediately. Concurrently, John Kissick, now a retired co-founder of Ares, is stepping down from the board.
Ares Management closed its inaugural, commingled U.S. senior direct lending fund with approximately $3 billion in total commitments, a significant oversubscription of its initial $2 billion target.
Ares Capital purchased the remaining loans of the Senior Secured Loan Fund, effectively concluding the joint venture with GE.