Victory Park Capital, a Chicago, IL-based global alternative investment firm, has appointed John Martin as senior advisor.
Based in Chicago, Martin will support VPC’s private credit strategies, leveraging his thirty years of experience in the investment industry.
Martin served as managing partner and co-CEO of Antares Capital, LP, a private debt credit manager, until May 2019.
He was a founding partner of the original Antares Capital in 1996, a startup business that provided acquisition financing capital to the portfolio companies of private equity firms across North America.
Over the course of nine years, Antares grew to become one of the largest providers of acquisition capital to private equity sponsors in the middle market.
Following the firm’s acquisition by GE Capital in 2005, Martin became President and CEO of the newly branded GE Antares Capital and helped to direct the strategic vision of the business.
In addition, he presided over numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including the sale of the firm to CPPIB for $12 billion in August 2015.
Subsequently, Antares went on to raise more than $6.5 billion in the CLO market from a global investor base comprised of banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers.
Following the acquisition by CPPIB, Martin sat on the Antares Investment Committee throughout his tenure at the company and was a member of the board of directors. At the time of his retirement, the firm’s CAUM was more than $25 billion.
Led by Richard Levy, founder and CEO, VPC invests in emerging and established businesses across various industries in the U.S. and abroad, who are often unable to access traditional sources of capital.
The firm was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.