TORONTO – September 28, 2020 – FrontWell Capital Partners (“FrontWell”), a private credit fund that provides transitionary senior debt financing to middle-market companies in the United States and Canada, has announced that it has added to its roster three professionals who bring extensive expertise in sourcing, underwriting and portfolio management across many industries and multiple market cycles. Aubrie De Sylva has joined the firm’s deal originations team as Vice President and Kevin Freer and Andrew Isaac have joined the underwriting team as Vice President and Assistant Vice President, respectively. They will be based in FrontWell’s Toronto headquarters.
“We are thrilled that this group of talented and deeply motivated credit professionals have joined the FrontWell team,” said Patrick Dalton, CEO. “Each of them brings an outstanding background, proven track record and relevant market experience that will be highly valuable as we aim to become a go-to middle-market direct lender for U.S. and Canadian businesses that are looking beyond traditional sources of capital. With dedicated originations and underwriting teams and deep lending relationships across a range of industries, we are uniquely positioned to partner with management teams to help sustain and grow their businesses.”
FrontWell recently began operations with committed seed capital of more than USD $350 million. Ms. De Sylva, Mr. Freer and Mr. Isaac will work closely with the existing FrontWell team.
- Aubrie De Sylva, Vice President, Deal Originations – Ms. De Sylva is an experienced business development and finance professional with over 10 years of experience originating and managing deals for Canadian domestic Schedule 1 Financial Institutions and several multinational banks. Prior to joining FrontWell, Ms. De Sylva served as Senior Vice President in the Canadian office of Bank of America, where she was responsible for origination and account management of complex commercial and corporate banking transactions with both public and private companies from 2017 to 2020.
- Kevin Freer, Vice President, Underwriting and Portfolio Management – Mr. Freer has over 30 years of progressive lending experience at both Canadian-based and foreign financial institutions operating in Canada. Prior to joining FrontWell, Mr. Freer worked with a U.S. finance company and, subsequently, a U.S. bank, as they expanded in Canada. Previously, Mr. Freer worked for one of the big five Canadian-domiciled banks, where he helped establish one of the first asset-based lending groups among them.
- Andrew Isaac, Assistant Vice President, Underwriting and Portfolio Management – Prior to joining FrontWell, Mr. Isaac managed the commercial loan portfolios for two public entities owned and operated by an award-winning Canadian real estate management and development firm, mitigating and managing borrowing risks while leading all reporting, compliance and control requirements. Mr. Isaac also served as internal underwriting advisor on loan originations related to land procurement, site development, and residential and commercial construction, and long-term financings.
Biographies for all members of FrontWell’s originations and investment teams can be found at frontwellcapital.com.
About FrontWell Capital Partners
Headquartered in Toronto, FrontWell Capital Partners provides transitionary senior debt financing to middle-market companies in the United States and Canada. With committed seed capital of more than USD $350 million, FrontWell offers financing solutions, including asset-based (ABL) and cash flow loans, to maximize liquidity support for borrowers that are looking beyond traditional sources of capital. FrontWell’s rigorous approach to origination, underwriting and risk management generates current income while prioritizing the preservation of principal over the chase for yield. FrontWell partners with companies across several industries that display balance sheet capacity and that require liquidity to support a transition in their business, including turnarounds, restructurings, acquisitions and changes in ownership or control. For more information, please visit frontwellcapital.com.
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