Suhail A. Shaikh is the Co-President of Alcentra Capital Corporation and Head of U.S. Direct Lending for Alcentra Group. Suhail co-chairs the U.S. Direct Lending Investment Committee and is a board member of Alcentra NY, LLC, external manager to Alcentra Capital Corporation.
Suhail joined Alcentra Group in May 2018 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 and other funds. Since joining Solar in 2011, Suhail was responsible for the origination, structuring, and investment of financial sponsor-backed middle market principal credits, spanning first lien, second 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.