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Former Arena and Angelo Gordon private markets vets launch Z2 Investment Management

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers:

Scott Gold, previously head of Private Direct Lending at Arena, along with Jake Sussman previously of Arena and Bobby Barret who joins from Angelo Gordon, have joined forces to launch Z2 Investment Management. The firm provides direct lending as well as debt/equity financing solutions.

Scott Gold, Managing Partner, leads strategy and overall management of the firm. Prior to Arena, Gold served as a Senior Vice President and founding member of the direct lending strategy at Alcentra Capital, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon. Jake Sussman, Partner, was most recently a Director of Corporate Private Investments at Arena Investors where he worked alongside Gold on Arena's private credit strategies.

Bobby Barrett, Partner, was previously a Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. (AG), where he worked on deals in the industrial, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

Z2 gets its name from the optimal heart rate zones endurance athletes use. Zone 2, or Z2, is the optimal heart rate zone for those athletes to generate long-term and sustained endurance gains. The name is meant to reflect the firm's approach to financing companies. Z2 joins a growing list of hybrid investors that are willing to look at both debt and equity financing solutions for companies. These firms are becoming a bigger presence in the middle market where fin......................

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