James (Jamie) Hadfield is a managing director
with Guggenheim Securities. He has nearly 15
years of investment banking, credit investing, and
private equity experience with an emphasis on
middle market transactions, including financing,
M&A, and restructuring. Hadfield specializes in
assisting middle market companies in search
of capital for a variety of purposes across a wide
range of industries, including consumer/retail,
TMT, healthcare, industrials, and energy, among
others. He holds a bachelor's degree from the
University of Georgia's Terry School of business.
Joseph A. Weissglass is a vice president with
Guggenheim Securities. He has significant experience
advising on complex transactions, including
debt capital raises and M&A, and in advising both
debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 restructurings.
Weissglass holds a bachelor's degree from Clemson
University and an MBA from the University of
North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance
of Alex Frumkin and Jason deFaria, both
analysts with Guggenheim Securities, for their
help in the preparation of this article.
which can complement a regulated
bank's offering to its borrower clients.
With an imbalance between the lower
numbers of truly national banks
versus credits funds, is this a game
of musical chairs for credit funds?
The proliferation of private
direct lending creates significant
opportunities for middle market
borrowers, but the sheer size of
the marketplace has meaningfully
increased the complexity of
successfully identifying the optimal
lender for a given borrower. Private
direct lenders do not necessarily
behave like traditional bank lenders
and, although often similar to each
other at initial glance, each credit
fund is unique in its approach to
underwriting and can be especially
idiosyncratic as it relates to its
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