Victory Park snags OnDeck senior vice president

 Zhengyuan Lu joins the Chicago-based mid-market investment firm as principal in New York office. 

Victory Park Capital (VPC) has hired Zhengyuan Lu from his executive post at the online small business lender OnDeck, the firm said Monday.

As a principal, Lu will be responsible for sourcing, analysing, and managing direct private debt and equity investments. Lu will be based in VPC’s New York office. 

While at OnDeck, Lu was a senior vice president and head of capital markets, a position in which he spearheaded all capital markets and fundraising activities. He also managed the firm’s crowdfunding platform and treasury department and was a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to OnDeck, Lu was a managing director and head of the asset financing group at the investment firm Gleacher & Company, where he was responsible for origination and financing.

Before joining Gleacher, Lu was a managing director and head of structured products group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (now Stifel Financial) and a senior vice president and executive director with Fortis Bank and WestLB AG. Lu holds a BA in economics and computer science from Middlebury College.

In February, the firm hired Upacala Mapatuna, a former Goldman Sachs managing director and member of the alternative Investments and manager selection group, from the New York-based investment bank to become VPC’s first chief investment officer.  

VPC is a mid-market focused investment firm with investors that include asset management firms, pension plans, and endowments and has $3.50 billion in assets under management, according to PDI data.

The firm was founded in 2007, and in addition to its Windy City headquarters, it also maintains offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.