Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI)

Laura Vaughan, Federated Hermes Limited

Laura joined in November 2015 when the private credit platform was being established. Her role has developed from analysing potential fund investments to becoming portfolio manager of the European senior secured direct lending funds as well as managing the Direct Lending team of analysts. Laura joined from GE Capital, where she was an associate in its mid-market leveraged finance execution team. At GE, Laura focused on arranging financings for European private equity-backed acquisitions funded through senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche facilities. Prior to this, Laura worked for three years at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in its acquisition finance team in London, focusing on opportunities in European large-cap leveraged finance transactions and on portfolio management. Her previous role was at Allied Irish Bank in Dublin in its Corporate Banking North America division, in which she analysed US large-cap and middle-market leveraged finance transactions, and performed portfolio management functions. Laura has an Economics degree from University College Dublin. She is a CFA charterholder.

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