THL Credit hires in Los Angeles

The US credit firm has brought on Thomas Lane as a managing director in media origination and Brett Hinton as a director in business development. Both are based in the Los Angeles office.

THL Credit Advisors has hired Thomas Lane as a managing director focused on leading the origination, structuring, underwriting and execution of investments in the media & information services sector, while Brett Hinton joined the firm as a director in new business development across THL Credit's direct lending and tradable credit platforms, the firm announced on Friday (1 May). Both Lane and Hinton are based in the Los Angeles office.

Lane was previously a managing director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on both asset-based and cash-flow lending. He was a founding member of Wells Fargo's technology finance division and served as the group’s national underwriting manager. Since the division's formation in 2007, Lane's group closed 200 transactions with almost $4 billion in financings. Lane's role also included new business assessment, loan documentation and legal counsel management. He served on the credit committee at Wells Fargo for 10 years. Before joining the West Coast bank, Lane held positions in field audit, relationship management and as a credit manager working at IBM Credit Corporation, CIT, Heller First Capital and Fremont Financial Corporation.

“[Tom’s] expertise in the technology sector, years of hands-on experience and thorough understanding of the credit markets will be very important as we continue to strengthen our industry specialization and West Coast presence,” Christopher Flynn, THL Credit's co-chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Hinton joins THL Credit from the Fortress Group, where he was a director working on distribution, origination and fund advisory. He covered institutional investors, investment consultants and wealth advisors across various regions. Previously, Hinton was a senior acquisitions and investment analyst at InterContinental Hotels Group, an analyst at Genesis Capital and at UBS Financial Services.

“[Brett’s] strong industry relationships and impressive fundraising track record will be instrumental in our efforts to grow our business platform,” commented Sam Tillinghast, THL Credit's co-chief executive officer.

THL Credit Advisors is an alternative credit manager for both direct lending and broadly syndicated investments through public and private vehicles, collateralized loan obligations, separately managed accounts and commingled funds. The firm is headquartered in Boston and has $5.6 billion in assets under management.