Alternative Credit


Fall 2023

“Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The latest issue of the In the Gaps newsletter from Ares’ Alternative Credit team revisits consumer lending, explores the new capital paradigm in the fintech sector and highlights the fund finance sector. The newsletter also spotlights IRD Global, a non-profit focused on global health challenges and inequities related to mass screening and testing and prevention of myriad indications and diseases.


Alternative Credit sources investment opportunities that fall outside of traditional, well-defined markets. Our strategies feature a differentiated approach to value capture through direct origination, credit arbitrage and disruptions in traditional markets.

Alternative Credit offers a broad range of sub strategies designed to be client-focused and solutions-based with three main formats: pure play, customized and flagship funds. Each format benefits from Ares' focus on asset security, covenants, cash flow velocity and other features designed to capture value and minimize risk to principal. Alternative Credit targets a level of downside protection, low correlation to traditional markets, diversification, attractive levels of current income and attractive risk-adjusted return opportunities. Aligning Ares' investment activities with its desire to have a positive societal impact, Ares and Alternative Credit portfolio managers have committed to donating a portion of carried interest from certain Alternative Credit funds to global health and education charities.

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Targeted Opportunity Set

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  • Auto Loans
  • Consumer Loans
  • Healthcare Receivables
  • Student Loans
  • Timeshares
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Corporate & Whole Business
  • Asset Manager Fees
  • CLOs
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Fund Finance
  • GP/Manager Finance
  • Secondaries Lending
  • Small Business Loans
  • Structured Equity
  • Tax Receivable Agreements
  • Trade receivables
  • Whole Business Securitizations
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Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Aviation Assets
  • Cell Towers
  • Data Centers
  • Fiber Assets
  • PACE
  • Shipping Containers
  • Solar Loans
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Real Assets
  • CMBS
  • Fix-and-Flip Finance
  • Ground Leases
  • Mortgage Servicing Rights
  • REIT Finance
  • Residential Mortgages
  • Single Family Rentals
  • Whole Loans
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  • Agriculture Loans
  • Capital Relief Transactions
  • Drug Royalties
  • Legal Assets
  • Media and Sports Assets
  • Music Royalties
  • NPL/RPL Portfolios
  • Servicer Fees
  • Triple Net Leases
*For illustrative purposes only.
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We employ true bottom-up analysis to evaluate the risk and value of each investment. Each opportunity is subjected to a rigorous investment process, drawing upon the breadth of the team’s experience and enhanced by proprietary data, analytical tools and systems. We approach each sector with specialized, dedicated resources and often collaborate with other investment professionals at Ares to enhance our view of risk and value.

Our Approach

We approach each sector with specialized, dedicated resources in collaboration with other investment professionals at Ares

With a seasoned team comprised of approximately 65 dedicated investment professionals, we believe we are one of the most active market participants. We believe our scale and flexibility contribute to Ares’ ability to originate opportunities and capture value in Alternative Credit.

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Co-Heads of Alternative Credit

For inquiries regarding Alternative Credit please contact:

Keith Ashton

Tel: (212) 888-7089

Email: [email protected]

Joel Holsinger

Tel: (212) 515-3238

Email: [email protected]

Head of Product Management and Investor Relations

For inquiries regarding Alternative Credit investor relations please contact: