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Laura Vaughan

Laura Vaughan, CFA

Head of Direct Lending

Ms Vaughan is Head of Direct Lending and a Member of the Investment Committee. Ms Vaughan joined Federated Hermes in November 2015 when the private credit platform was being established. Ms Vaughan is the portfolio manager of the upcoming third vintage of Federated Hermes’ European Direct Lending franchise, as well as Junior Portfolio Manager of the second vintage. Ms Vaughan is also responsible for managing the team of direct lending analysts. Ms Vaughan sits on the Investment Committee which considers investments across all direct lending strategies at Federated Hermes Limited. Ms Vaughan joined from GE Capital, where she was an associate in its mid-market leveraged finance execution team. At GE, Ms Vaughan focused on arranging financings for European private equity-backed acquisitions funded through senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche facilities. Prior to this, Ms Vaughan worked for three years at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in its acquisition finance team in London, focusing on opportunities in European large-cap leveraged finance transactions and on portfolio management. Her previous role was at Allied Irish Bank in Dublin in its Corporate Banking North America division, in which she analysed US large-cap and middle-market leveraged finance transactions, and performed portfolio management functions. Ms Vaughan has an Economics degree from University College Dublin. She is a CFA Charterholder.