Mr. Smith is a Principal in the Ares Corporate Strategy Group, where he focuses on the ongoing global expansion of the firm through mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic partnerships and investments. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Smith worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Financial Institutions Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Trustees of Blair Academy. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia in Commerce.