Mr. Grout is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on European direct lending. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Grout was a Manager in the Debt Advisory Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he focused on advising companies and their sponsors on acquisition finance, refinancings and restructuring situations. Mr. Grout holds a M.A. from the University of Cambridge in Economics. Mr. Grout is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).