Mr. Merrill is an Associate 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 2018, Mr. Merrill was Investment Banking Analyst in the Specialty Finance Group at Stephens Inc., where he focused on capital-raising transactions. Mr. Merrill holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.