Wilmer Cerda

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Wilmer Cerda

Vice President

Wilmer Cerda is a Vice President at Metropolitan. His responsibilities include the management, workout, and ongoing evaluation of the firm’s portfolio of assets. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Wilmer advised companies on financial restructurings and operational turnarounds as part of AlixPartners’ corporate restructuring practice. Wilmer earned his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and holds a B.S. from Columbia University.

Chris Dolan

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Chris Dolan

Associate

Chris Dolan is an Associate at Metropolitan. His responsibilities include deal execution and portfolio analytics. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2023, Chris was a Vice President at Johnsen Fretty & Company, a media-focused investment bank where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and debt and equity financings. Previously, Chris was a Supply and Trading Associate at ExxonMobil. Chris received a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the Purdue University.

Ellie Mohammadi

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Ellie Mohammadi

Executive Assistant

Ellie Mohammadi is Paul Lisiak’s Executive Assistant. She has over 17 years of administrative experience in the financial industry. Ellie graduated from the University of California, Fullerton, with a B.A. in Finance.

Ivana Lahcanski

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Ivana Lahcanski

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Ivana Lahcanski is a Senior Associate on the Investor Relations team at Metropolitan. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2023, Ivana was an Assistant Vice President at Blackstone, where she led the Investor Relations team for the growth equity platform (“BXG”). Prior to Blackstone, Ivana was an Associate on the Investor Relations team at MidOcean Partners, where she supported both the Private Equity and Credit businesses. Ivana graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University.

Aaron Dalal

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Aaron Dalal

Associate

Aaron Dalal is an Associate at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include asset management and evaluation of existing investments. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2023, Aaron was an Analyst with S&P Global Ratings where he focused on ground-up credit risk analysis and monitoring of various obligors in the energy sector. Aaron received a B.A. in Economics and Master’s of Applied Data Science from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Sivu Mzamo

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Sivu Mzamo

Senior Associate

Sivu Mzamo is a Senior Associate at Metropolitan. His responsibilities include deal execution and portfolio analytics. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2023, Sivu was an Associate at Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm focused on buyouts in the Global Financial Services industry. At Stone Point, Sivu was responsible for new deal analysis, deal execution and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to Stone Point, Sivu was a Senior Associate at Accordion Partners, a private-equity-focused financial consulting and technology firm in NYC and a member of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Rand Merchant Bank in South Africa. Sivu graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.Comm and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Nicole Robinson

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Nicole Robinson

Office Manager

Nicole is Office Manager at Metropolitan. Nicole graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Organizational Management specializing in business marketing strategies. Nicole plays an active roll in her community and enjoys learning new dances.

Michael A Chaladoff

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Michael A Chaladoff

Managing Director, Head of Asset Management

Michael Chaladoff, Managing Director, serves as the Head of Asset Management for Metropolitan Partners Group where he brings more than 35 years of operational and commercial experience to the firm. Michael’s Asset Management responsibilities include the monitoring and ongoing evaluation of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Michael ran a successful consulting firm whose clients included, among others, The Dalio Family Office. He was also a Senior financial executive at Bridgewater Associates for over 6 years where he was Head of Finance for the company’s two technology departments. He has served as CFO for a variety of firms ranging from technology start-ups to a multibillion-dollar Investment Advisor. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several firms in the U.S. and in Europe. Michael graduated from Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Casey Park, CPA

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Casey Park, CPA

FP&A Manager

Casey Park is a FP&A Manager at Metropolitan Partners Group. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Casey earned a Master’s degree in Quantitative Management: Business Analytics from Duke University’s Fuqua Business School. Casey began her career at KPMG Hong Kong and later worked as an audit manager in KPMG San Francisco’s asset management business, specializing in alternative investments with a focus on private equity funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds. Casey holds a BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and is a California and Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant.

Metropolitan Partners Group Closes Its Seventh Fund Above Target with $400 Million in Equity Commitments

Metropolitan Partners Group Closes Its Seventh Fund Above Target with $400 Million in Equity Commitments

New York, NY, September 2022

Metropolitan Partners Group Management, LLC (“Metropolitan”), a private investment firm that provides debt capital to small & mid-sized non-sponsored businesses in the U.S., announced today that it completed the final closing of its seventh and largest direct lending fund—Metropolitan Partners Fund VII, LP (“Fund VII”)—in the second quarter of 2022, with total fund commitments of approximately $400 million, surpassing its $350 million target.

Fund VII continues Metropolitan’s strategy of working directly with management teams to grow their companies and build lasting value, often as the first institutional capital partner. To date, Metropolitan has deployed over $2 billion within the strategy across more than 140 investments.

“We are delighted to surpass our fund target, which represents strong interest to participate in the available opportunity set we are accessing in the non-sponsored, lower middle market,” said Paul Lisiak, Metropolitan’s Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. “The successful outcomes that we are able to generate from ‘below the radar’ opportunities are indicative of borrowers at this level continuing to be underserviced, particularly in this volatile market environment. Metropolitan serves as a much-needed capital solution to help innovative companies achieve the next level of their company success.”

“We are very pleased with Fund VII’s success and the inherent support it represents of our process, team and institutional infrastructure,” commented Alice Wang, Metropolitan’s Chief Operating Officer. “The team at Metropolitan is constantly challenging ourselves to be better, and we sincerely appreciate the support and confidence of our Limited Partners, both old and new.”

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About Metropolitan Partners Group:

Metropolitan Partners Group is a private investment firm that provides debt capital to small & mid-sized non-sponsored businesses in the U.S., unconstrained by industry or financing asset. Metropolitan works directly with management teams to grow their companies and build lasting value while providing downside protection to its investors and supporting our borrowers with tailored capital solutions.

For Investor & Media Inquiries:
Oliver Escardo
IR@metpg.com

Metropolitan Partners Group

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