Aequitas Capital strengthens team

Jeff Mazer and Katya Baron will join the capital markets unit.

Aequitas Capital has appointed two new directors to its capital markets team, the firm said.

Jeff Mazer joins as senior managing director of capital markets and treasury, with Katya Baron named managing director of capital markets.

Mazer will manage the Aequitas portfolio, executing senior and junior credit strategies. He will also serve as an adviser to executive management on liquidity and capital structure matters for the firm’s business units.

Baron will be responsible for sourcing and structuring new asset financing transactions.

Mazer recently served as director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global liquidity investment solutions unit, where he led an investment management team with around $63 billion in assets. He has 30 years’ experience in financial services.

Baron has 15 years of investment banking, structured finance and fixed-income sales experience, having worked at boutique and investment banks including Sterne Agee, Gleacher, Barclays Capital and JP Morgan.

“Jeff and Katya are both seasoned investment professionals,” said Bob Jesenik, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Aequitas Capital. “Their prudent leadership and strategic financial expertise will help grow our business portfolio and allow our partners to reach their financial goals.”

Mazer will be based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with Baron in the firm’s recently opened New York office. Both will report to chief operating officer and chief financial officer Scott Gillis.

Lake Oswego-headquartered Aequitas Capital invests in private credit, specialty finance and private equity.