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Head of Direct Lending
Laura joined Hermes in November 2015, when the private debt platform was being established. Her role has developed from analysing potential fund investments into a multi-faceted role, which includes managing the Direct Lending team, as well as analysing potential fund investments. Laura joined from GE Capital, where she was an associate in its mid-market leveraged finance execution team. At GE, Laura focused on arranging financings for European private equity-backed acquisitions funded through senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche facilities. Prior to this, Laura 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. Laura has an Economics degree from University College Dublin. She is a CFA charterholder.
Despite ongoing disintermediation in the European direct-lending market, strong origination agreements with banks continue to be vital to access high-quality loans – particularly in the mid-market space. Here we explain why.