Mr. Kobarg is a Managing Director in the Ares SSG Group, where he is primarily responsible for managing, identifying, assessing and executing transactions in Australia & New Zealand. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Mr. Kobarg was a consultant to the SSG Group since 2017 and was instrumental in growing the firm's Australian business, including identifying opportunities, structuring investments and asset management. Previously, Mr. Kobarg was a senior portfolio analyst at SC Lowy in Hong Kong and Sydney where he focused on public and private distressed and special situation opportunities in Australia and New Zealand as well as wider Asia. Mr. Kobarg started his career in Mizuho Bank's European leveraged finance group in London from where he transferred to Australia in 2007 to help establish the local franchise. Mr. Kobarg holds a Master in Business & Finance from the University of Tübingen, Germany.