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Owl Rock adds principal from Partners Group – exclusive

Lukas Spiss, formerly a senior vice president at Partners Group, has joined the new private debt firm as a principal and member of the origination team.  

Owl Rock Capital Partners, a new private debt firm set up by Marc Lipschultz and Doug Ostrover, has added a principal to its team from the ranks of Partners Group. Lukas Spiss recently joined the New York-based firm as a member of its origination team, according to industry sources.

Spiss previously worked as a senior vice president at Partners Group for nine years, where he focused on sourcing and evaluating credit investments across industries. For the past year, he was also a voting member of Partners Group’s private debt investment committee. He left in April and is being replaced internally The firm is also looking for junior and mid-level investment professionals to join the private debt team in New York, a Partners Group spokeswoman told PDI

Zug, Switzerland-headquartered Partners Group manages a variety of alternative investment strategies globally. Spiss was based in New York with Partners, which is soon establishing its Americas headquarters in Denver. Before Partners, he was an analyst at Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division for one year.

Other recent additions to Owl Rock’s team included Greg Boxer, who joined in March as a principal. He was previously the director of finance and capital markets for American Energy Partners. Andrew Kim also started last month as a vice president. He was previously a senior associate at The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for underwriting, documenting and managing mid-market sponsor-backed credit investments, according to his biography on Owl Rock’s website.

Matt Tier, formerly a vice president and senior underwriter with Fifth Street Asset Management, joined Owl Rock in March as a vice president. Owl Rock also hired three associates.

The firm was formed earlier this year by Ostrover, one of three founders of GSO Capital Partners, and Lipschultz, formerly KKR’s head of energy and infrastructure. The team is raising a private fund and setting up a BDC. The firm has previously revealed other senior hires from the ranks of CPPIB, Goldman Sachs and TPG.