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Dunleavy Leaves Merrill for ORIX

James Dunleavy has joined ORIX Finance as director and head of the firm's media finance practice. He previously founded the media finance group at Merrill Lynch Capital.


ORIX Finance today announced that James Dunleavy has joined the firm to develop and head the Media Finance practice. In his role as Director, Mr. Dunleavy will be responsible for the origination and structuring of senior secured and subordinated debt opportunities for private equity backed and other closely held middle market media companies.

Growing its industry-focused financing expertise demonstrates the firm's commitment to strategically enhance its capabilities among middle-market companies and private equity investors. ORIX Media Finance will maximize its strategic options across multiple industry sectors including, broadcasting, cable television, publishing, trade shows and conferences, out-of-home advertising and entertainment.

Commenting on the hire, Michael Adler, managing director at ORIX Finance, said, Jim's experience within the industry and his history with starting successful businesses and uncovering investment opportunities in media made him the perfect candidate for introducing ORIX Finance to this marketplace. We are pleased to have him lead our effort.

Mr. Dunleavy added, ORIX Finance is the premier lender to the middle market. They have a strong balance sheet, a broad product offering, and a culture that strives to consistently generate client-focused finance solutions. I look forward to joining the ORIX team and building a strong, long-term franchise with private equity sponsors that cover the media sectors.

Prior to joining ORIX, Mr. Dunleavy formed the Media Finance team at Merrill Lynch Capital where he completed over 40 financings during his five years. Before that time, he served as Managing Director at IBJ Whitehall Bank, where he formed the Media and Communications lending team and was responsible for origination, underwriting, and portfolio management. Earlier in his career he spent several years focused on financings for media companies with National Westminster Bank USA, Communications Equity Associates and ABN AMRO Bank.

Mr. Dunleavy received his bachelor degree in business management from St. Francis College (New York) and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

About ORIX Media Finance

ORIX Media Finance delivers innovative financing solutions to private equity backed and other closely held middle market media companies throughout the U.S. Our team works closely with sponsors to assist with the acquisition of new platform companies or to partner with private equity firms as they expand their existing portfolio companies. Our team is focused on building long term relationships with company executives and private equity sponsors by providing creative financing solutions and supporting our clients with meaningful hold positions in debt financings.

About ORIX Finance

The ORIX Finance Group of ORIX USA Corporation provides senior-secured, junior-secured, unsecured, mezzanine, and structured finance credit products and select equity co-investments in a wide range of sectors and industries. Our powerful combination of lending proficiency and industry expertise allows us to create flexible structures tailored to the unique business needs of our clients. ORIX Finance serves private equity sponsors and venture capital firms, and other closely held middle market businesses, with dedicated lending verticals for the Media, Healthcare, Gaming and Insurance industries. For more information visit