Chicago, IL, August 25, 2022 — The Vistria Group recently welcomed Katie Hockman as Partner and Head of Debt Capital Markets. A new initiative at the Firm, Katie will serve in an advisory capacity with deal teams to help identify financing solutions, expand lender relationships, and ensure the right solutions are being utilized for the Firm’s portfolio companies.
Kip Kirkpatrick, Co-CEO and Senior Partner at The Vistria Group, stated, “The addition of a Debt Capital Markets role is indicative of the Firm’s growth and maturity over the last ten years. Katie has demonstrated her breadth of expertise and ability to source large commitments throughout her career. Her relationships from the lender perspective will be key to enhancing our value proposition.”
Prior to The Vistria Group, Katie served as Managing Director at Antares Capital, a private debt credit manager and provider of financing and investment solutions for middle-market private equity backed borrowers and investors. Joining in 2002, Katie spent the first eight years at Antares on the credit underwriting side before she transitioned into an originations role where she was responsible for client relationship development, business origination and portfolio management of debt investments. She’s successfully sourced upwards of $10 billion in commitments within the last ten years. Before Antares, Katie served in both an advisory and investor capacity, first in investment banking at ABN AMRO Incorporated and later as an equity investor at the Chicago-based venture capital firm BlueStar Ventures.
“Katie brings diverse expertise with a 360-degree view of debt financing having worked as a lender, venture capital investor and investment banker,” says Marty Nesbitt, Co-CEO and Senior Partner at The Vistria Group. “As our firm continues to grow, she will be a vital asset, assisting our deal teams and ultimately, enhancing the resource solutions for our portfolio companies. We’re thrilled to have her join the team.”
As demonstration of the Firm’s continued growth, the creation of a debt capital markets role follows The Vistria Group’s recent Partner investments and expansion to New York. With over $8 billion in AUM, Vistria continues to seek opportunities that bolster high returns for investors and enhance its impact mission.
“We’ve heard many companies talk about impact investing but at The Vistria Group, that’s intertwined in the very foundation of the Firm,” says Katie Hockman, Partner and Head of Debt Capital Markets. “The entire Firm truly walks the talk and I’m thrilled to join the team and carry that philosophy into the debt capital markets role.”
About The Vistria Group
The Vistria Group is building a new kind of private investment firm that delivers both financial returns and societal impact. It invests in essential industries like healthcare, knowledge & learning, and financial services that deliver value for investors as well as communities, employees, and consumers. The Vistria Group works as a true partner with its portfolio companies, drawing on its deep sector knowledge, operational expertise, unique network, diverse team, and impact orientation to achieve transformational growth. With over $8 billion in AUM, The Vistria Group has delivered attractive returns for its investors while achieving positive outcomes for its portfolio companies, and the lives and livelihoods it supports.