Suhail Shaikh
Head of US Direct Lending

Suhail A. Shaikh is the Head of U.S. Direct Lending for Alcentra Group. Suhail Chairs the U.S. Direct Lending Investment Committee and is a Board member of Alcentra NY, LLC, external manager to funds managed by Alcentra Group. Suhail also serves as member of Alcentra’s Executive Management Committee. Suhail was the Chief Executive Officer of Alcentra Capital Corporation, a publicly listed business development company managed by Alcentra NY, LLC, and served on its Board of Directors. Suhail joined Alcentra Group in May 2018 from Solar Capital Partners LLC, where he was a partner and senior investment professional. Solar is a private credit fund advisor managing two publicly listed business development companies and other institutional funds.

Prior to being a private credit investor, Suhail was in investment banking for over fifteen years as a leveraged finance specialist and financial sponsor banker, most recently as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He previously worked in CIBC World Market’s Financial Sponsor Group and in the Leveraged Finance and Telecom Groups at JPMorgan & Co. in New York and London. He began his career as an investment analyst in the Investment Management Group at Bankers Trust.

Suhail earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School with a concentration in Finance and graduated Cum Laude with an A.B. in Computer Science and Economics from Middlebury College.


  • EuroHedge Awards 2017 Winner
  • Barron’s
  • HFMWeek 2017 - European Performance Awards
  • Global Capital Awards 2016 - Best Institutional Investor in Senior Loans
  • ALT Credit Intelligence 2016 - European Performance Award
  • BarclayHedge 2015 - Ranked #1 in the Distressed Securities Category
  • CreditFlux 2015 - Manager Awards 2015
  • Private Debt Investor Awards 2014 - Deal of the Year
  • Private Debt Investor Awards 2014 - Direct Lender of the Year
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