This week, we converse with Ken Kencel, who’s president and chief govt officer of Churchill Asset Administration, a personal credit score agency with $46 billion in property beneath administration that was the highest US non-public fairness lender within the 2022 PitchBook league tables and was named 2022 Lender Agency of the 12 months by The M&A Advisor. Churchill Asset Administration is an affiliate of Nuveen, the $1.1 trillion asset-management arm of TIAA. Kencel, who has greater than three many years of expertise within the funding business, additionally serves as chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Nuveen Churchill Direct Lending Inc., Churchill’s publicly registered enterprise growth firm.
We focus on how his profession has traced the rise of personal credit score: He started his profession within the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert, then based the high-yield finance enterprise at Chase Securities (now JP Morgan Chase), served as head of Leveraged Finance for RBC. He launched the Churchill Monetary Group in 2006, which was bought by PE large The Carlyle Group in 2011. The agency will get spun out in 2015, partnering with Nuveen, a part of the trillion-dollar asset supervisor TIAA.
Kencel explains how the unique relationship with TIAA permits a novel strategy to non-public credit score: Churchill lends to middle-market companies whereas additionally taking an fairness stake in these companies. This places the corporate on the identical facet of the desk as their purchasers, whereas giving the agency the potential for equity-level returns when firms do nicely.
He explains how extraordinarily selective Churchill is within the companies and sorts of enterprise they choose for funding: For example, he notes they didn’t have a single default throughout all the pandemic period.
His present studying is right here; A transcript of our dialog is offered right here Tuesday.
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Remember to try our Masters in Enterprise subsequent week with Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at New York College’s Stern College of Enterprise. Often called the Dean of Valuation, he teaches Company Finance and Valuation to the MBA college students at Stern the place he has been voted “Professor of the 12 months” by the graduating M.B.A. class 9 instances. His textbook “Funding Valuation” is the usual within the discipline. His subsequent guide comes out in December, and is titled The Company Lifecycle: Enterprise, Funding, and Administration Implications.
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