About Castlelake

Our Team

We pride ourselves on having a culture that is distinctly different from many private investment firms – one that prizes authenticity, creativity, collaboration and confidentiality.

Business Development & Capital Markets

Matt Little

Partner, Global Specialty Finance and Business Development & Capital Markets
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Richard Barnett

Partner, Business Development & Capital Markets
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Wilhelm Steinmark

European Head of Aviation Lending, Asset-Backed Direct Lending & Capital Markets
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Alex Nixon

Managing Director, Business Development & Capital Markets
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Etienne Laubignat

Director, Business Development & Capital Markets
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Kevin Persinger

Director, Business Development & Capital Markets
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Matt Little

Matt Little

Partner, Global Specialty Finance and Business Development & Capital Markets

Mr. Little joined Castlelake in 2015 and is a leader of its Global Specialty Finance team and Business Development & Capital Markets team. He is primarily focused on executing the firm’s Specialty Finance investment strategy across consumer and commercial credit, and other asset-backed/esoteric asset classes; as well as guiding its investment financing strategy. He became a partner of the firm in 2017. While at Castlelake, Mr. Little has led all non-aviation investing activities, chaired the firm’s insurance strategy committee and led a variety of strategic transactions, including multiple aircraft securitizations, equity sales, and strategic initiatives, including public offerings of equity and debt.

Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Little served as co-head of transportation financing within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York. There, he worked with many of the world’s largest specialty finance companies, global industrial conglomerates and major financial institutions on strategic initiatives, such as divestitures, acquisitions, general corporate advisory, and raising debt and equity capital. Mr. Little began his career in the Financial Institutions Group within investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He received a B.A. in politics from Princeton University and a certificate in political theory.

Richard Barnett

Partner, Business Development & Capital Markets

Mr. Barnett joined Castlelake in 2017 and is a leader of its Business Development & Capital Markets team, focused on the origination of new investment opportunities and investment financing. Additionally, Mr. Barnett is responsible for raising debt capital across Castlelake’s family of funds and leading asset origination efforts within the firm’s investing verticals. He became a partner of the firm in 2021. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Barnett was with the Structured Finance group at Deutsche Bank, where he ran syndication for asset-backed securitizations, collateralized loan obligations and Deutsche Bank’s private lending business. He held similar positions at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Lehman Brothers prior to working at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Barnett received his B.A. in business administration from Loyola University New Orleans in economics and finance.

Wilhelm Steinmark

European Head of Aviation Lending, Asset-Backed Direct Lending & Capital Markets

Mr. Steinmark joined Castlelake in 2021 as European Head of Aviation Lending, Asset-Backed Direct Lending& Capital Markets. In his dual role, he is focused on providing tailored aviation lending solutions to Castlelake’s European counterparties and raising debt capital for the firm’s Specialty Finance and Real Assets strategies in the region. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Steinmark was with Deutsche Bank in New York and Frankfurt for 14 years where he held various positions in banking, structuring and syndicate. Most recently, he was a member of the Transportation ABS team with a focus on origination and syndication of private credit transactions. Mr. Steinmark received an M.A. in strategy and international management and a B.A. in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Alex Nixon

Managing Director, Business Development & Capital Markets

Mr. Nixon joined Castlelake in 2019 and is part of the Business Development & Capital Markets team, focused on Aviation and Specialty Finance. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Nixon was a director with Deutsche Bank’s asset-backed securitization group where he focused on aviation and esoterics. Mr. Nixon received his B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Nixon is a CPA (inactive).

Etienne Laubignat

Director, Business Development & Capital Markets

Mr. Laubignat joined Castlelake in 2016 and is part of the Business Development & Capital Markets team, focused on originating new investment opportunities and investment financing. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Laubignat was with Colliers International (formerly Dougherty & Company), where he focused on managing relationships with institutional investors and corporate finance clients. Mr. Laubignat received his B.S. from the University of Kansas in journalism.

Kevin Persinger

Director, Business Development & Capital Markets

Mr. Persinger joined Castlelake in 2007 and is part of the Business Development & Capital Markets team, focused on arranging aircraft financing and managing banking relationships. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Persinger was an assistant trader and analyst of Prime and Alt-A mortgages at Residential Capital ("Rescap"). Mr. Persinger started at Rescap as a financial analyst of credit residuals and mortgage servicing rights. Prior to joining Rescap, Mr. Persinger was as an auditor at KPMG. Mr. Persinger received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in accounting.

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