smith-photoMichael L. Smith ('97)

Partner, Ares Management

Michael is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management.  He additionally serves as Co-President of Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC).  He is a member of the Investment Committee of Ares Capital Management LLC, the investment adviser of ARCC, and is also a member of select Ares Credit Group U.S. Direct Lending investment committees, the Ivy Hill Asset Management Investment Committee and the Ares Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Michael is based in New York, New York. 

Prior to joining Ares in 2004, Michael was a Partner at RBC Capital Partners, a division of Royal Bank of Canada, which led the firm's middle market financing and

principal investment business.  He joined RBC in October 2001 from the Merchant Banking Group at Indosuez Capital.  Previously, he worked at Kenter, Glastris &

Company and at Salomon Brothers Inc., in their Debt Capital Markets Group and Financial Institutions Group.  

Michael received a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.