Mr. Schmidt is a Partner and the Global Head of Tax in the Ares Finance, Accounting and Operations Department. Mr. Schmidt also is a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Schmidt was a Partner in the Financial Services Office of Ernst & Young LLP, where he focused on fund structuring and other alternative asset management related tax issues. Previously, Mr. Schmidt was Director of Tax at Highbridge Capital Management LLC and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on sell-side research. Mr. Schmidt holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California in Accounting, a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He holds a CPA license.