Gordon Watters is a pioneer and one of the leading figures of the UK and continental European direct lending markets. In 2007, he established and ran Ares Management in Europe (as CEO), developing it into one of the leading alternative lending providers to SMEs. Prior to Ares, Gordon Watters was Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage at Barclays Bank, where he supported the Bank’s lending activities to SMEs across the whole of the UK and continental European markets, leading a team of 110 professionals.
Chief Investment Officer
Greg Lomas was previously Head of Corporate and Leveraged Finance, London for Mediobanca S.p.A. He built this business from scratch, together with Alastair Brown over nearly five years. Lomas previously spent nine years as Head of European Leveraged Finance Loan Syndication at CIBC World Markets, where he worked with Alastair Brown and Jose Benedicto. Instrumental role in the development of the warrantless mezzanine market in Europe. Prior to that he worked at UBS Warburg and Kleinwort Benson.
Chief Executive Officer
Alastair Brown was previously Managing Director, Corporate and Leveraged Finance for Mediobanca S.p.A., a business which he built from scratch together with Greg Lomas. Brown previously worked in the financial sponsor leveraged finance origination teams at Barclays Capital (where he worked with Gordon Watters and Jose Benedicto), Merrill Lynch International and CIBC World Markets (where he worked with Greg Lomas). He also worked at Citibank.