Aequitas Capital has expanded its capital markets team. The firm hired Jeff Mazer, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch executive, as senior managing director of capital markets and treasury. He will be responsible for managing the firm’s portfolio of investment offerings, executing senior and junior debt and credit strategies and working as an advisor to executive management. The firm also brought on Katya Baron as a managing director of capital markets. Baron previously worked at Sterne Agee, Gleacher, Barclays Capital and J.P. Morgan Securities.
Aequitas Capital announced today that Jeff Mazer and Katya Baron have joined the firm to help Aequitas Capital enter its next stage of growth in the alternative investments space.
Mazer, who joins Aequitas Capital as senior managing director of capital markets and treasury, has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience. He most recently served as a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Liquidity Investment Solutions unit, where he led a team that helped deliver investment management solutions for clients with approximately $63 billion in assets.
Mazer will be responsible for managing the company’s portfolio of investment offerings, executing senior and junior debt and credit strategies, and serving as an advisor to executive management on all matters of liquidity and capital structure for Aequitas Capital’s business units.
Baron joins Aequitas Capital as managing director of capital markets. She brings 15 years of investment banking, structured finance and fixed-income sales experience from boutique and major investment banks such as Sterne Agee, Gleacher, Barclays Capital and J.P. Morgan Securities.
Baron will be responsible for sourcing and structuring new asset financing transactions, as well as capital markets outreach on behalf of Aequitas, its funds and portfolio companies.
“Jeff and Katya are both seasoned investment professionals,” said Bob Jesenik, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Aequitas Capital. “Their prudent leadership and strategic financial expertise will help grow our business portfolio and allow our partners to reach their financial goals.”
Mazer will be based in Aequitas Capital’s Lake Oswego, Oregon office and Baron will be based in the firm’s recently opened New York City office. Both will report to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Scott Gillis.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and Katya to the Aequitas Capital team,” said Gillis. “Leveraging their dynamic backgrounds and industry expertise will strengthen our position for years to come.”
About Aequitas Capital
Founded in 1993, Aequitas Capital is a diversified financial services company that creates alternative investments including private equity, private credit and specialty finance. The firm leverages its network and team of industry specialists to uncover opportunities in the traditionally underserved sectors of healthcare, education and financial services. Aequitas helps its portfolio companies and strategic partners reach their goals by providing management expertise, technology infrastructure and a network of support services.
For more information, please visit www.aequitascapital.com.