Castlelake expands lending team

Wilhelm Steinmark has become European head of aviation lending, direct structured credit & capital markets while Fouad Onbargi has been named managing director, direct structured credit.

Castlelake has expanded its lending team with several additions. Wilhelm Steinmark has become European head of aviation lending, direct structured credit & capital markets; Fouad Onbargi has been named managing director, direct structured credit; Chris Turner is now director, direct structured credit & capital markets; Brian Banschick is now director, direct structured credit and Ricardo De Armas has been appointed director, direct structured credit.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Castlelake, L.P. (“Castlelake”), a global alternative investment manager focused on asset-rich investments in private markets, today announced that it has expanded its Lending team with a number of experienced professionals, including Wilhelm Steinmark, European Head of Aviation Lending, Direct Structured Credit & Capital Markets; Fouad Onbargi, Managing Director, Direct Structured Credit; Chris Turner, Director, Direct Structured Credit & Capital Markets; Brian Banschick, Director, Direct Structured Credit and Ricardo De Armas, Director, Direct Structured Credit. The team is led by Armin Rothauser, Head of Lending, who joined Castlelake in 2020.

In November 2020, Castlelake established its Lending team to address what Castlelake saw as a systemic lack of financing capacity for the aviation sector. Since that time, the team has provided more than $3 billion of financing to airlines and other aircraft owners since its initiation. With the expansion of this team, Castlelake aims to bring financing solutions to asset owners and originators in additional sectors such as specialty finance and real assets, with particular focus on global consumer credit assets, small business loans, project finance and real estate.

“The expansion of our Lending team is a natural step for Castlelake that we believe enables us to couple deep asset expertise and structuring experience with attractive, differentiated solutions for borrowers,” said Rory O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Castlelake. “Since launching our Lending team with a focus on the aviation sector in 2020, we have seen significant demand for similar capital solutions across our investment network and are pleased to now be in a position to better provide this support to existing and new borrowers across asset-rich markets.”

Through its Lending team, Castlelake will seek to provide asset owners and originators with a variety of direct structured credit solutions including senior secured, unsecured and high loan-to-value financing. This Lending program builds on Castlelake’s 16 years of experience in sectors such as aviation, specialty finance, infrastructure, real estate and land, including through periods of distress and capital dislocation.

“As active participants in asset-rich sectors for nearly two decades, we believe that we have a granular understanding of the capital solutions that asset owners need,” said Evan Carruthers, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner of Castlelake. “We are seeing persistent retrenchment from traditional sources of financing in real asset sectors and believe we can provide tailored capital solutions in this market.”

About Castlelake
Castlelake, L.P. is a global alternative investment manager focused on investments in real assets, specialty finance and aviation. Founded in 2005, Castlelake manages approximately $20 billion of assets on behalf of its investors. The Castlelake team comprises more than 200 experienced professionals, including 89 investment professionals, across six offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit https://www.castlelake.com/.