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Topic: Capital Markets 2021 - COVID and Political Update
2021 is set up to be a banner year for M&A and Direct Lending, due to a combination of pent up demand and record dry powder. We’ll discuss what that could look like and what kind of volatility could derail it. We’ll also discuss the impact of the GA Senate run-off and the impact on policymaking, including which sectors/industries could be most impacted. Finally, we’ll talk about how the latest vaccine developments are impacting markets, and the sectors that could well benefit if the vaccine roll-out is effective.
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Dan is a Partner and serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Comvest’s direct lending strategy. He is responsible for originating, structuring, and managing investments.
Prior to joining Comvest, Dan was a Senior Director with Dymas Capital Management, where he served on the Investment Committee and was instrumental in the formation and growth of the firm from its start-up phase to an established middle-market finance company. He has served as a Managing Director at Square 1 Bank and Kugman Partners, and as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney. Prior to getting his MBA, Dan began his career with Arthur Andersen and Heller Financial’s Corporate Finance Group.
Dan received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Frances Beyers is a Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets of Cliffwater’s Private Debt Group. In her role, Fran is responsible for market research to support Cliffwater’s rapidly growing multi-manager private debt asset management business. Cliffwater is an alternatives advisory and asset management firm with over $70 billion in assets under advisement.
Fran joins Cliffwater from Refinitiv, where she was Head of Middle Market Loan Analysis. Most notably Fran has been a fixture in the middle market for over a decade providing research and market analysis to both managers and investors alike. While at Refinitiv and its predecessor, Fran frequently authored middle market commentaries and surveys that have been cited industry-wide and made her a sought-after speaker at private debt conferences.
Fran is based in Cliffwater’s New York City office. Her previous roles include underwriting and portfolio management at Churchill Asset Management, and she began her career in Corporate Finance Advisory at JPMorgan. Fran earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Randy Schwimmer is Senior Managing Director and Head of Origination and Capital Markets at Churchill Asset Management LLC. Churchill is a credit asset management firm that provides senior debt to middle market companies. It is affiliated with Nuveen, the asset management division of TIAA and one of the largest global asset managers across multiple asset classes.
Mr. Schwimmer is also founder/publisher of The Lead Left, Churchill’s weekly newsletter. The Lead Left reviews deals and trends in the capital markets with a unique focus on the mid-market space and is read by thousands of influential industry participants.
Mr. Schwimmer brings 30 years of experience in middle market finance to Churchill, and is widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies. He was a founding partner and Head of Capital Markets at Churchill Financial LLC, a middle market finance company acquired by The Carlyle Group. At Carlyle, he was a Managing Director responsible for all middle market loan capital markets activities, including loan structuring, syndications and distribution within the Carlyle GMS team.
Before then, Mr. Schwimmer was Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Finance Syndication for BNP Paribas. He spent 15 years at JP Morgan Chase in Corporate Banking and Loan Syndications, where he originated, structured, and syndicated leveraged loans.
Mr. Schwimmer graduated cum laude from Trinity College with a B.A. He earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago.