Meet the Shard Credit Partners team
Our experts have combined over 80 years experience in the direct lending field:
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 Loan Syndicate at CIBC World Markets, where he worked with Alastair Brown and José Benedicto. He played an 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 José Benedicto), Merrill Lynch International and CIBC World Markets (where he worked with Greg Lomas). He also worked at Citibank.
José Benedicto most recently worked in private equity at Investindustrial, originating and executing private equity investments in the SME segment across the UK and continental Europe. Prior to that he worked in the financial sponsor leveraged finance origination teams at Barclays Capital (where he worked with Alastair Brown) and CIBC World Markets (where he worked with Greg Lomas). Prior to this he worked at Merrill Lynch International.
Head of Venture Debt
Will Chappel most recently worked at Shawbrook Bank as Head of Venture Debt & Growth Capital. Will launched and built this team, focusing on originating and executing venture debt transactions across the UK. Prior to that he worked as Head of TMT Coverage at HSBC where he worked on global corporate transactions including in the USA & Asia. Prior to this he worked at Barclays for ten years, where his work included launching their venture debt offering in 2014.
Business Development Director
Benjamin Ellis was previously Business Development Manager at boutique alternatives placement agent AZR Capital where he covered and raised capital from UK and European investors. Prior to that, he worked for Amundi Asset Management focusing on UK public sector pension funds. There, he worked very closely with the Allocation and Solutions team in facilitating the design, development and distribution of bespoke investment solutions to the UK Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) market.
Adrian Coll most recently worked on the investment team at Pricoa Capital Group, the private credit investment arm of PGIM Inc. His experience includes deals providing fixed-rate senior debt, as well as risk capital composed of subordinated debt and preferred equity for mid-market companies. Prior to this he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Adrian is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Kisan Patel recently graduated from the University of Bath where his degree included a 14-month internship at MUFG Investor Services, the alternative asset servicing division of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. His experience includes producing equity research reports and conducting market research and data analytics on the private equity and real assets sectors. He recently became a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and is a CFA candidate.
Jay Blacher most recently worked in the Finance team at Kreos Capital, a fund manager providing debt to high growth companies. His experience includes dealing with all financial matters relating to fund operations. Prior to this he worked at Ernst & Young in South Africa and Belgium. Jay is also member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).