Fifth Street Finance has hired a former managing director at Churchill Financial to help with the White Plains, N.Y. investment firm’s loan origination business.

Casey Zmijeski, who shared the same responsibilities at Churchill, will be based in New York and will primarily focus on debt financing opportunities in the Eastern region of the U.S.

Prior to his time at Churchill, Zmijeski was a director at Capital Source Finance. He’s also spent time at GE and Heller Corporate Finance, and has more than 20 years of leveraged lending experience.

“While several of our competitors are capital constrained and retreating from the market, Fifth Street is in a strong financial position as we are unlevered and have substantial cash in the bank. We are eager to grow our team and continue to serve our sponsor partners making investments alongside them,” Leonard Tannenbaum, Fifth Street's CEO said in a statement.

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