Mr. Chmelar joined Castlelake in 2019 as part of the Global Special Situations team, and is primarily focused on sourcing, analyzing and executing corporate distressed investment opportunities. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Chmelar was an Associate with Houlihan Lokey’s financial restructuring group, where he focused on advising companies and creditors undertaking financial restructuring transactions and evaluating strategic alternatives. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Chmelar was an Associate in Macquarie’s infrastructure and real assets private equity group, where he focused on analyzing and executing investments in infrastructure and infrastructure-related businesses. Mr. Chmelar received his B.A. in history, cum laude, from Yale University and an M.B.A in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.