Mr. Patel is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on alternative credit investments. Prior to joining Ares in 2019, Mr. Patel was a Director at Fortress Investment Group in the Credit Group, where he focused on making opportunistic investments in direct lending, structured equity, and structured finance across a broad range of industries including financial services, retail, real estate, media and entertainment and energy. Previously, Mr. Patel was a Vice President in SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's Financial Services Investment Banking Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and equity capital markets transactions in the specialty finance, insurance, asset management and banking sub-sectors. In addition, Mr. Patel was a Vice President in SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's Structured Products Group, where he structured and executed a broad range of traditional and esoteric asset backed security transactions. Mr. Patel held prior positions with MassMutual Life Insurance Company's Financial Products Division and Barings' Structured Credit Group. Mr. Patel holds a B.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He is a CFA® charterholder.