Mr. Graf is a Managing Director in the Ares SSG Group, where he focuses on Australian and New Zealand direct lending. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, Mr. Graf was Head of Leveraged Finance at Credit Suisse in Australia, where he focused on the origination, structuring and underwriting of leveraged finance transactions, as well as managing a large, diversified debt portfolio. Previously, Mr. Graf worked for Lazard, Deloitte and Bank of America in corporate finance roles. Mr. Graf holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and an M.Eng. from Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business in Finance and Strategic Operations.