Lawrence Chua

Managing Director

Mr. Chua is a Managing Director in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Chua was Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Full Circle Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser for a publicly-traded business development company and certain private funds, where he focused on originating, underwriting, executing and monitoring a broad range of middle-market debt, and to a lesser extent, equity investments. Mr. Chua was a member of the Investment Committee of Full Circle Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development company, and was a board member or board observer for several portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Chua was a Founder and Partner at J Lawrence Group, LLC, where he managed all aspects of the internet-based household services company until its sale to a strategic buyer. In addition, he held finance and risk management roles at various groups within GE Capital including the Office of the CEO, GE Consumer Finance, GE Capital Real Estate and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Chua is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Mr. Chua holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Textile and Apparel Management and an M.P.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management.