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Churchill Asset Management closes loan fund on $1.1bn

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - Churchill Asset Management, a provider of senior and unitranche debt financing to private equity-owned middle market companies, has completed fundraising for Churchill Middle Market Senior Loan Fund, LP, its inaugural fund as part of Nuveen with over $1.1 billion in committed capital.

"We are delighted with the strong response we received from investors across the globe to our inaugural fund offering as part of Nuveen. Our investors include over 30 leading institutions and family offices globally, and we are grateful for their confidence in us and support for our investment approach," said Ken Kencel, President and CEO of Churchill. "As investors increasingly look to private credit for income and diversification, we are extraordinarily well-positioned to benefit from our very strong and longstanding relationships in the private equity community and deep expertise in financing middle market companies to provide products that meet the needs of investors globally."

The Fund invests in senior secured loans to U.S. middle market companies with annual EBITDA (or cash flow) of up to $100 million that are owned or controlled by leading private equity sponsors. The Fund attracted commitments from a diverse base of institutional clients globally, including pension plans, insurance companies, foundations, single and multi-family offices and high net worth investors based in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

Churchill, an affiliate of Nuveen, LLC, currently has approximately $3.7 billion in committed capital under management. The firm manages capital on behalf of TIAA and other institutional and high net worth investors through comingled funds, separately managed accounts, CLOs and other investment vehicles. It's senior management team has an average of over 25 years of middle market lending experience and has invested over $6.5 billion in over 500 middle market companies controlled by over 150 private equity sponsors over the past 12 years.

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