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Ares CEO Sees Direct-Lender Financing Deals Reaching $5 Billion

  • Firm and rivals such as Blue Owl are encroaching on big banks
  • Arougheti predicts consolidation will continue in alternatives
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WATCH: Ares CEO Michael Arougheti speaks with Erik Schatzker at the Bloomberg Invest Global Summit.

Source: Bloomberg

Ares Management Corp., one of the dominant players in private credit, is now underwriting deals as large as $3 billion and could before long provide loans for as much as $5 billion to a single borrower, Chief Executive Officer Michael Arougheti said.

Private-equity firms are increasingly bypassing syndicated loans arranged by banks and turning to direct lenders, usually at a higher cost. The reasons include speed of execution, confidentiality or a need for unconventional financing.