New York, NY, June 6, 2017 ( – Metropolitan Partners Group Management, LLC (“Metropolitan”), a Registered Investment Adviser in New York City that provides capital to private companies via collateralized loan structures, announced today that it has secured a cornerstone LP commitment from Texas Tech University System Endowment (“TTUSE”) for its fourth direct lending fund, targeted to raise $125 million.

The investment with Metropolitan was overseen by TTUSE’s Chief Investment Officer, Tim Barrett. In 2016, Mr. Barrett was the proud recipient of two awards from the publication Chief Investment Officer: the magazine’s most prestigious award, “Chief Investment Officer of the Year,” as well as the “2016 Industry Innovation Award for Endowments.”

Mr. Barrett commented, “The Texas Tech University System seeks to partner with investment management teams who have built great firms with exceptional execution.”

“We are deeply grateful to have Tim’s support and welcome Texas Tech University to our group of investor partners,” said Paul Lisiak, Metropolitan’s Managing Partner. “Tim’s innovative approach to traditional endowment investing fits Metropolitan’s culture and strategy perfectly. We look forward to building our relationship as we grow the firm to take advantage of our market niche.”

About Metropolitan Partners Group:

Metropolitan Partners Group is a direct-lending fund manager that provides senior-secured, transitional capital to small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. that have not had an institutional investor, are going through a period of growth and require additional capital in order to achieve scale.  The firm provides short-term loans of $5 million to $25 million to fundamentally sound companies with a typical loan term of 12 to 36 months.  Since its inception in 2008, Metropolitan has deployed more than $600 million of capital and completed over 60 investments with companies across several business sectors, including specialty finance, local infrastructure, telecom, heavy equipment, niche manufacturing and automation.

About Texas Tech University System:

Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas and nation, consisting of four universities — Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, more than 50,000 students, nearly 325,000 alumni and an endowment over $1.1 billion. In its short history, the Texas Tech University System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating on more than a dozen campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Robert L. Duncan, the Texas Tech University System has set forth a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here, it’s possible.

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