Northleaf makes sixth credit hire since September

The investment firm has added individuals to their Chicago, London and Toronto locations.

Northleaf Capital Partners has added Spencer Ross as a senior associate on its private credit team, just the latest in a string of hires.

The firm announced on Monday it hired Ross, who joined Northleaf from The Catalyst Group. In his new role, he will focus on the origination, evaluation and monitoring of private debt investments in North America and be based out of the firm’s Toronto headquarters.

Ross held associate positions at Catalyst and KPS Capital Partners, where he worked in equity securities. His previous experience also includes stints at Guggenheim Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, according to the announcement.

This addition is Northleaf’s sixth hire to its credit team since September. On 19 September, the firm announced Brett Lauber joined the firm in the Chicago office from Fifth Street Asset Management and Daniel Gardiner in the London office from Citigroup. The former is a director at the firm, while the latter is an associate.

On 6 September, Northleaf added David Ross and Alex Jackson in London along with Daniel Nguyen in Toronto. Ross is the head of credit and previously worked at Bain Capital Credit where he was the global head of sourcing and a member of the Boston-based firm’s opportunistic and private credit teams.

Jackson joined the firm, where he will be a director, from Hayfin Capital Management, and will be focused on UK and European transactions. Nguyen came to Northleaf from Westface Capital and will handle the financial reporting for the private debt investments of his new employer.

A Northleaf spokeswoman could not be reached to comment on the firm’s recent hires or private debt activity.

Northleaf also invests in private equity and infrastructure. In 2015, the firm locked down C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion, 1 billion) for its Northleaf Infrastructure OECD Fund, according to data from Private Debt Investor sister publication II. The firm now has $7 billion in assets under management.