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Americas Leveraged Finance

The ALF group focuses on liquid and illiquid debt across the capital structure in the primary and secondary markets, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, unitranche loans, bridge financings, convertible bonds, mezzanine debt and preferred equity.

ALF can hold up to $1 billion, with a minimum investment of $100 million for illiquid debt. ALF has the ability to underwrite on a stand-alone basis, and has proven ability to structure complex, custom and creative solutions for borrowers.

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The ALF team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The ALF team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The ALF team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and New York. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

David Colla

Managing Director, Head of Americas Leveraged Finance

David leads the Americas Leveraged Finance group.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2010, he was a Senior Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management in its Mezzanine Finance Group in New York. Before that, David was a Vice President at JPMorgan in its Principal Investments and Leveraged Finance groups in New York.

David holds a BAH in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

He is on the board of Antares Capital.

Bradley Mashinter

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Brad focuses on private direct lending and public debt investments in non-investment grade companies in North America, in addition to managing the firm’s investment in Antares Capital.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2009, he worked in the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s private equity group in Toronto, starting in 2004, and then at Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in New York.

Brad holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.

Hetal Patel

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Hetal focuses on investments in corporate debt of non-investment grade sponsored and non-sponsored issues in North America and Latin America.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2017, Hetal was a High Yield Portfolio Manager at 1832 Asset Management – ScotiaBank. Before that, he was a Vice President at New York-based credit hedge fund Trian Credit Partners LP, and CLO manager Trimaran Advisors LLC. Previously, he worked in leveraged credit investing at Barings Corporate Investors.

Hetal holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Manjot Rana

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Manjot leads the special situations credit vertical within ALF. He joined CPP Investments in 2011, working in the London office focused on European credit and leading the APAC credit business in the Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Manjot worked at a distressed focused private equity fund with over $2.5 billion in assets under management. Previously, Manjot worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at Barclays Capital and Citigroup in New York.

Manjot holds a BS in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Nils Schulze-Halberg

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Nils leads CI’s credit investing efforts in Latin America.

He joined CPP Investments in 2012 in the Private Debt team, where he originally focused on leveraged finance and structured credit transactions in North America, and started to build up the Latin America portfolio in 2013.

Nils has over 11 years of experience in Latin America, acting both as advisor and principal. Prior to joining CPP Investments, Nils was Vice President and board member at LXG Capital in Peru, an investment banking boutique he helped found in 2009. Before that, he was an Associate at JPMorgan, where he advised clients on M&A and debt capital markets transactions across Latin America.

Nils holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

Felix Shabashevich

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Felix focuses on sourcing, evaluating and managing corporate credit opportunities.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2017, he was a Director at Lone Star Funds where he focused on credit investments in special situations and private debt solutions. Previously, Felix spent eight years at Oaktree Capital Management, focused on investing in privately structured debt and equity transactions. Prior to that, he worked at Bear Stearns in the investment banking division focused on industrial and healthcare industry sectors, and started his career at JP Morgan, initially in the technology division supporting credit derivatives trading and then as an associate in the investment banking division.

Felix holds a BS in Computer Science from Pace University, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Paras Vira

Senior Principal, Americas Leveraged Finance

Paras focuses on investments in corporate debt of non-investment grade sponsored and non-sponsored issues in North America.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, he was a Senior Vice President in the Mezzanine Finance group at Oaktree Capital Management in New York. Previously, he worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Leveraged Finance group in New York.

Paras holds a BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University.

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