Mr. Nielsen is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on European direct lending. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Nielsen was a Senior Director in the International Acquisition Finance team at Mizuho Bank, where he focused on originating and structuring large-cap LBOs for Private Equity sponsors across Europe. Previously, Mr. Nielsen was part of the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Bear Stearns in London, where he focused on leveraged finance and corporate finance advisory. Mr. Nielsen holds an M.Sc. from City University Business School (now Cass Business School) in Finance, Economics and Econometrics, and a B.A. (Hons) from South Bank University in Business Administration.