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Why Ares Management for Private Equity? / Overview of Ares Management

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Ares Management is a leading private equity firm and asset manager with an AUM of $378B. Ares runs eight different investment groups: Credit, Private Equity, Real Assets, Secondary Solutions, Strategic Initiatives, Real Estate, Infrastructure Opportunities, and Infrastructure Debt.

Ares is one of the world's most prominent credit investors. Ares takes a value-oriented approach and invests across the capital structure. Ares provides direct lending and alternative credit solutions to large-cap and middle-market companies.

In 2022, Ares announced its first fund focused on Sports, Media, and Entertainment, raising $3.7B.

Recently, Ares made the choice to consolidate its special opportunities fund (ASOF) into its global credit group renaming it to "opportunistic credit." This decision is in hopes of driving greater collaboration across their growing credit platform.

Ares Management Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Ares Management, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment team you are recruiting with has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We explain how to answer qualitative questions and research private equity firms in our Private Equity Course. We also teach how to build LBO models and prepare for case study interviews.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

Through its Private Equity group, Ares acquired a significant minority interest in leading global tax services provider Ryan.

  • Transaction Description: Ryan, LLC announced it will receive a round of equity funding on May 26, 2022. The transaction will include participation from new investor Ares Management Corporation, existing investor Onex Corporation and its management team.

  • Transaction Value: US$2.5B enterprise value

  • Transaction Date: Announced May 2022

  • Press Release

Fact Sheet

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  • Company Name: Ares Management

  • Description: Ares Management Corporation is an American global alternative investment manager operating in the credit, private equity and real estate markets

  • Firm Category: Private Equity / Credit / Asset Manager

  • Ticker: NYSE:ARES

  • Founded: 1997

  • Employees: 2,550

  • Assets Under Management: $378B

  • Flagship Fund Size: Special Opportunities II ($7.1B raised in 2023)

  • Chief Executive Officer: Michael Arougheti

  • Headquarters: Los Angeles, USA


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