Antares was founded in 1996 by 12 partners. Armed with a fax machine and a photocopier, they had a vision of becoming a pre-eminent player in private middle market debt. Today, after more than 20 years of being a trusted advisor to sponsor clients and their portfolio companies, the firm has approximately $25+ billion of capital under management and administration1 and has grown to include more than 389+2 of the industry’s most dedicated professionals.

We’re proud to have built one of the industry’s largest and longest-tenured portfolios of mid-market companies.

A lot has changed over two decades. What remains the same is our consistent approach to delivering for all of our clients.

20+ years of experience shaping middle market lending.


Antares Capital and Bain Capital Credit form a joint venture to provide first lien unitranche loans of up to $350 million in a single transaction.


Northleaf Capital Partners acquires a 16% stake in Antares from CPPIB, cementing a strategic relationship for Antares’ Asset Management initiative.


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) acquires GE’s sponsor finance business, inclusive of GE Antares, from GE Capital, in a transaction valued at $12 billion.


GE Capital acquires Merrill Lynch Capital adding to its focus on private equity sponsor financing.


GE Capital acquires Antares for more than $5 billion, doubling the size of GE’s middle-market lending business.


Twelve deal professionals from Heller Financial start Antares.

Awards & Recognition for Antares' Financing Activities

Antares’ Shannon Fritz (2019), Mary Gaede (2016, 2017) and Katie Hockman (2016) have been selected as one of Merger & Acquisition’s Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

Antares recognized as Lender of the Year for its significant role supporting middle market growth.

The efforts of the Antares team are recognized as co-CEOs David Brackett and John Martin are selected as M&A’s Dealmakers of the Year.