Babson Capital Forms Middle Market Lending Group

Investment manager Babson Capital Management has formed a new Chicago-based Middle Market Lending Group, the company announced Monday. The firm is based in Springfield, Mass., Boston and Charlotte, N.C., and provides mezzanine debt and equity co-investments for mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.


Babson Capital Management LLC (Babson Capital), a global investment manager with $149 billion in assets under management and operations on four continents, today announced it has formed a new Chicago-based Middle Market Lending Group to provide senior secured financing solutions to middle-market companies.


The addition of the group will enable Babson Capital to offer a full suite of middle-market financing products, complementing the capabilities of the firm’s Mezzanine & Private Equity Group, a provider of mezzanine debt and equity co-investments primarily for mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. The new team will focus on companies owned by private equity firms or outstanding management teams.


“Babson Capital has a long track record of building strong relationships with the middle-market private equity community, and we are pleased to address a real need in the market by adding senior secured financing to the growing list of services we are able to offer our partners,” said Michael P. Hermsen, Managing Director and head of Babson Capital’s Global Private Finance Group. “In addition, from an investor’s perspective, middle-market senior secured loans represent a stable asset class offering an attractive return while providing downside protection owing to their position in the capital structure.”


Joining Babson Capital as senior members of the Middle Market Lending Group are Ian M. Fowler, Brian C. Baldwin, and Mark J. Flessner. Collectively the three Managing Directors bring deep experience in middle market investing with more than 50 years of combined industry experience, most notably as principal investors for Freeport Financial and GE Capital’s Global Sponsor Finance Group.


“We are very excited to join the Babson Capital platform, which is well positioned to provide a stable source of capital in a relationship-oriented approach to the middle market,” said Ian M. Fowler, Managing Director and head of the Middle Market Lending Group. “We are looking forward to building a direct origination franchise for a firm that has more than two decades of experience in the middle market.”


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About Babson Capital Management LLC


Babson Capital Management LLC and its subsidiaries serve institutional investors around the globe and have $149 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2012. Through proprietary research and analysis and a focus on investment fundamentals, we develop products and strategies that leverage our broad array of expertise in fixed income, equities, alternative, structured products, debt financing for corporations and debt and equity financing for commercial real estate. Based in Boston and Springfield, Mass., and Charlotte, N.C., with offices in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the firm’s subsidiaries include Babson Capital Europe Limited in London, Babson Capital Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC in Hartford, Conn., and Wood Creek Capital Management, LLC in New Haven, Conn.