Mr. Goel is a Partner in the Ares SSG Group, where he is responsible for managing all investment activities under the Secured Lending Opportunities Fund. Additionally, Mr. Goel is a member of the Ares SSG and Secured Lending Funds Investment Committees and is a director of Ares SSG Mauritius. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Mr. Goel worked as a Managing Director of the SSG Group since 2009, and was instrumental in growing the firm's India business, including identifying opportunities, structuring investments and asset management. He has deep experience in the structuring of private credit transactions and has led SSG's private lending strategy in the region since its inception. Mr. Goel began his career in 2002 as a Desk Analyst in the Portfolio Strategy Group and Credit Research at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, where he focused on principal positions related to structured credit and stressed convertible bonds. He later worked in the Special Situation Group in Hong Kong, where he was mainly responsible for identifying and structuring private and public convertible bond investments of the group. Mr. Goel holds a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management. Mr. Goel is a CFA® charterholder.