Mr. Gaillard 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. Gaillard 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. Gaillard was a Sydney-based Managing Director in Macquarie Group's credit & special situations principal investing group (CAF). Before moving to Australia for Macquarie in 2013, Mr. Gaillard was an investment professional at Cyrus Capital Partners in London and New York, focusing on distressed and special situations and prior to that, a member of KKR's London-based buyout team. Mr. Gaillard began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in London and holds a Master's Degree (M.Sc.) in Management from the French Grande Ecole ESCP Europe.