Suhail A. Shaikh joined Alcentra in May 2018 as Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Direct Lending.
Suhail joins Alcentra from Solar Capital Partners LLC, where he was a senior investment professional. Solar is a private credit fund advisor which manages over $4 billion of investable capital in two publicly listed business development companies. Since joining Solar in 2011, Suhail was responsible for the origination, structuring and investment of middle market principal credits, spanning 1st lien, 2nd lien and unitranche transactions.
Prior to being a private credit investor, Suhail was in investment banking for over fifteen years as a leveraged finance specialist and financial sponsor banker, most recently as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He previously worked in CIBC World Market’s Financial Sponsor Group in New York, and in the Leveraged Finance and Telecom Groups at JPMorgan & Co. in New York and London. He began his career as an investment analyst in the Investment Management Group at Bankers Trust.
Suhail earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business with a concentration in Finance, and graduated Cum Laude with an A.B. in Computer Science and Economics from Middlebury College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Pakistan Foundation and is Co-Chair of the International Leadership Committee at Middlebury College.