Mr. Hughes is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Private Placements in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on U.S. direct lending. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, Mr. Hughes was a Senior Director at Nuveen LLC in New York City, where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and managing a portfolio of private placements for TIAA and several third-party clients. In addition, he managed the NY private placement corporates team for the Company. Previously, Mr. Hughes was a Vice President at Alliance Bernstein, and focused on originating, underwriting, and managing a portfolio primarily of investment grade private placements and high-yield bank loans. In addition, Mr. Hughes was a Vice President at MONY Life insurance Company, where he underwrote and monitored a portfolio of investment grade and mezzanine private placements as well as high yield bank loans, which he also actively traded. Mr. Hughes began his career as a Relationship Manager with HSBC's Multinational Corporate Banking unit. Mr. Hughes holds a B.A. from Temple University in Economics and an M.B.A. from Bloomsburg University.