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MidOcean recruits business development veteran for private equity, credit units

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MidOcean Partners has recruited business development veteran Natalya Michaels for its private equity and credit investments businesses.

New York-based MidOcean named Michaels as managing director with a focus on marketing, investor relations and business development across both arms of the alternative asset manager.

“Natalya brings a wide range of business development experience that we believe will help MidOcean expand its investor base and product offerings”, said Deborah Hodges, the chief operating officer of MidOcean, in a release issued Wednesday.

MidOcean Private Equity, founded in 2003, has $4.5 billion of committed capital that is targeted at higher-quality middle-market firms in the consumer and business services sector, according to the company.

The firm’s MidOcean Credit Partners unit created in 2009 manages $8 billion of alternative credit strategies including opportunistic funds and structured-credit investments across nine existing broadly syndicated collateralized loan obligation (CLO) deals.

Michaels joins MidOcean after serving as head of business development for Artisan Partner’s equity team. She also spent nine years in marketing and investor relations at Eton Park Capital Management, after launching her career at Goldman Sachs in 1998 in both investment banking and private equity.

Michaels is MidOcean’s second hire into its executive suites since July, when the firm named Adrienne Dale as portfolio manager for its CLO business. Dale has previously held senior positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management Group.

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