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The Ares Commercial Finance (“ACF”) platform provides asset-based and cash flow loans to small and middle-market companies, as well as asset-based facilities to specialty finance companies. Our team uses a combination of specialized credit and collateral monitoring to provide clients with flexibility and greater credit availability. ACF has the ability to structure and agent deals to support the growth and changing capital needs of its clients.


Our asset-based lines of credit may be structured as working capital financing, special accommodation financing, turnaround financing, debtor-in-possession financing, acquisition financing and specialty lender financing.


ACF is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. As of September 30, 2015, ACF has 54 investment professionals and support staff dedicated to these products, which is augmented by the approximately 132 investment professionals in Ares’ Direct Lending Group and approximately 300 professionals in accounting, finance, legal, compliance, operations, information technology and investor relations within Ares Management L.P. ("Ares"). The senior investment professionals of ACF have on average more than 30 years of experience in commercial finance and asset-based lending.


The ACF asset-based lending practice primarily focuses on privately-held and public companies in the small and middle-market, and addresses a wide breadth of industries including manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and services.


The ACF lender finance platform primarily focuses on structured investments in pools of consumer and commercial assets generated by smaller and middle-market specialty finance companies seeking alternative sources of funding.


The following highlights ACF’s Direct Lending strategy:

  • Leverage the power of the Ares and Direct Lending platforms
  • Multi-asset class “one-stop” solutions to meet clients’ needs
  • Ability to rotate between asset classes with superior relative value
  • Drive proprietary investment opportunities by pursuing multiple origination channels across various regions within the United States
  • Active management of risk through structuring and asset coverage
  • Agent transactions with careful monitoring of liquidity and performance
  • Small deal teams with single point of contact
  • Transparent and streamlined approval process with certainty of closing


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