The international business of Federated Hermes has announced the appointment of Christoph Lausecker as a Director in its Private Debt team. Reporting to the Head of Direct Lending, Laura Vaughan, Christoph will be based in London and will work across the private debt platform, with a focus on the German-speaking market.
The private debt team manage European and UK direct lending strategies focused on senior-secured loans in the mid-market space. Co-lending partnerships with partner banks in the UK and Europe provide a strong origination pipeline which is utilised in conjunction with the team’s own pan-European reach.
A native German speaker, Christoph is responsible for developing business for the Private Debt platform within the DACH region, including deal origination and execution. Before joining Federated Hermes, Christoph spent over four years at RiverRock European Capital Partners, where he advised on the RiverRock European Opportunities Funds. Prior to this, he was part of the Restructuring and Special Situations Group at PJT Partners (formerly Blackstone Advisory Partners), where he worked on creditor and debtor side restructuring and liability management mandates.
Patrick Marshall, Head of Fixed Income – Private Markets at the international business of Federated Hermes: “Christoph’s extensive experience in both fund management and debt restructuring will be a valuable asset to our Private Debt platform and we are pleased to welcome him to the team. Transaction flow is at an all-time high across Europe, with Germany being a particularly competitive market and Christoph’s strong underwriting and execution capabilities will help us to tap into these expanding opportunities.”
Eoin Murray, Head of Investment at the international business of Federated Hermes: “The private debt market has experienced significant growth in the past few years and Christoph’s appointment will add further support to an already skilled team. We have been able to build a first-class Direct Lending offering at Federated Hermes to capitalise on the emerging opportunities in the UK and Europe and Christoph’s impressive expertise will undoubtedly help us in our ambitions to further expand our footprint.”