ABACUS FINANCE ANNOUNCES THE PROMOTIONS OF BRIAN GREEN, RAFAL RYDZEWSKI, AND JOSEPH LEE


New York, NY, January 14, 2019 - Abacus Finance Group, LLC, a leading provider of cash flow-based, classic senior debt financing for lower-middle market, sponsor-led buyouts of companies with $3 million to $15 million in EBITDA, is pleased to announce the following promotions:

  • Brian Green and Rafal Rydzewski from Senior Associate to Vice President and
  • Joseph Lee from Associate to Senior Associate.

“These three are key members of the Abacus team and have helped us complete over 100 investments since our launch in 2011, putting us past the $2 billion mark in total financings,” said Tim Clifford, Co-Founder and CEO of Abacus. “Our value proposition – Making Life Easier – goes back to that interaction with our private equity clients and wanting to make sure that they are at the forefront of everything we do. As we look forward, we will continue to put our sponsor relationships first and provide them with the level of service they have grown to expect.”

“In addition to an exclusive focus on financing lower-middle market buyouts,” added Sean McKeever, Managing Director, COO and Co-founder of Abacus, “the principal factor contributing to our growth is our Total Partnership Approach, which is how we go about Making Life Easier for our clients through a passionate commitment to delivering on what we promise. Execution of this promise would not be possible without talented colleagues like Brian, Rafal and Joe.”

Brian, who was promoted to Vice President, joined Abacus Finance in 2014 as an Associate and works as part of the investment team in structuring, underwriting and executing new investments. He also performs various portfolio monitoring and valuation roles. Previously, he was an Associate at Aterian Investment Partners. Prior to that, Brian was an Associate at Wafra Partners and an Analyst at Sawaya Segalas. Brian began his career as a consultant at FTI Consulting in the Corporate Finance and Restructuring Group. He earned a B.A. in Economics, graduating cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Rafal, who was promoted to Vice President, joined Abacus Finance in 2014 as an Analyst and works as part of the investment team in structuring, underwriting and executing new investment1`s. He also performs various portfolio monitoring and valuation roles. Previously, he was an Analyst at BNP Paribas’ Merchant Banking Group. Rafal began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Structuring team as an Associate. Rafal earned a B.S. in Financial Economics, graduating magna cum laude, from Binghamton University, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

Joe, who was promoted to Senior Associate, joined Abacus Finance in 2014 as an Analyst and works as part of the investment team in structuring, underwriting and executing new investments. He also performs various portfolio monitoring and valuation roles. Previously, he was an Analyst at GE Capital. Joe began his career at General Electric in the financial management program. Joe earned a B.S. in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

About Abacus Finance Group, LLC

Abacus Finance is a leading direct lending company, focused on providing cash flow senior financing to private equity-sponsored, lower-middle market companies across a wide array of industries.  Since its inception in June 2011, it has closed over $2 billion in financings. Abacus targets debt financing opportunities of up to $75 million with a typical hold size ranging from $10 million to $40 million, and finances companies with EBITDA between $3 million and $15 million. Abacus is an affiliate of New York Private Bank & Trust which was founded in 1850.

Abacus Finance is located at 335 Madison Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10017. All inquiries and new investment opportunities should be directed to Tim Clifford at 212-850-4620 or to cliffordt@abacusfinance.com. Please visit abacusfinance.com for more information.

The Total Partnership Approach, which is a registered trademark of Abacus Finance, LLC, brings cash-flow financing expertise, deep industry knowledge and exceptional client service, and our way of Making Life Easier over the lifecycle of each investment for our private equity sponsors.