Kahler joins ORIX Capital

ORIX Capital Partners said Oct.9 that Craig Kahler has joined the firm as a managing director. Kahler most recently led the New York-based private equity team of Safanad.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ORIX Capital Partners (OCP) announced today that Craig Kahler has joined the firm as Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for building the middle-market private equity business, designing and executing strategies that leverage OCP’s capabilities and competitive advantages, overseeing the New York-based investment team’s activities, and maintaining and developing client relationships.

Kahler will also serve on the OCP investment committee, playing a key role in investment strategy and assessing performance. He will report to Chris Suan, President and Senior Managing Director for ORIX Capital Partners.
“Craig’s background and investing experience will not only strengthen the ORIX Capital Partners team but will also help drive our asset management growth plans,” Suan said. “He will play a vital role as we continue to collaborate with our partners, build our portfolio of middle-market companies and execute the growth plans we established in 2016.”
Kahler brings 16 years of middle-market private equity investing experience, having most recently led the New York-based private equity team of Safanad, a global principal investment firm he joined in 2014. Prior to joining Safanad, Kahler was a Portfolio Manager with BlueMountain Capital Management and Principal at H.I.G. Capital. He started his career at Willis Stein & Partners and Credit Suisse First Boston.
About ORIX Capital Partners
ORIX Capital Partners (OCP), a wholly owned subsidiary of ORIX USA, is a private equity firm focused on making direct equity investments in established middle-market companies throughout North America, spanning a variety of industries including infrastructure services, business services and industrials. OCP was founded in March 2016 and has completed four platform transactions and six follow-on transactions. ORIX Corporation and its group has approximately $400 billion in AUM through various asset management companies.
ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA)
Since 1981, ORIX USA has provided innovative capital solutions that clients need to propel their business to the next level. ORIX USA and its subsidiaries—Boston Financial Investment Management, ORIX Real Estate Capital (the combined company of RED Mortgage Capital and Lancaster Pollard), NXT Capital, Mariner Investment Group, RB Capital and ORIX Capital Partners—include a team of more than 1,000 employees spanning 30+ offices across the U.S. and Brazil. ORIX USA and its family of companies have $64 billion of assets under management, administration and servicing (including more than $9 billion held by the company and its subsidiaries).* Its parent company, ORIX Corporation, is a publicly owned international financial services company with operations in 37 countries and regions worldwide. ORIX Corporation is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (8591) and New York Stock Exchange (IX). For more information on ORIX USA, visit www.orix.com.
*All figures are as of March 2019.