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Lafayette Square Appoints Andy Phelps as Head of Capital Markets

New York, April 22, 2021 – Lafayette Square, an impact-driven, minority-owned investment platform, announced today that Andy Phelps has been appointed Head of Capital Markets. Mr. Phelps, who joins from Black Diamond Capital Management, will focus on structured credit and loan syndication as part of the firm’s credit platform. He will be responsible for leveraging the capital markets to deploy capital to small and medium-sized businesses, supporting the company’s mission of bolstering economic growth throughout the United States.

"I have had the privilege of working with Andy earlier in our careers, and I have full confidence that his extensive capital markets expertise will enable us to further develop and strengthen our credit platform," said Damien Dwin, Founder & CEO of Lafayette Square. "As part of our overall mission to build a more inclusive financial paradigm, we see an opportunity to leverage structured finance through an impact investment framework that supports jobs and meets the needs of underserved communities."

“Damien and the Lafayette Square team have created an incredibly innovative and impactful investment platform, and it’s exciting to join a company with a firm intent on making real change,” said Mr. Phelps. “I’m honored to be able to lend my expertise as we aim to support communities across the country as they look towards economic recovery and long-term growth.”

Mr. Phelps has over twenty-five years of experience in fixed income and structured finance. He spent the past three years as Senior Managing Director and Head of Structured Product Business Development at Black Diamond Capital Management, where he was responsible for the development, structuring, and overall investor base of the U.S. and European CLO businesses. Before Black Diamond, Mr. Phelps was the Global Head of Syndication for the Structured Credit and Solutions Group at Natixis. He has also held various securitization roles at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs and began his career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management.

Mr. Phelps holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is also actively involved with the non-profit organization Domus Kids in Stamford, which assists young people facing adversity and empowers them to pursue their path to self-sufficiency.

About Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square Holding Company, LLC (“Lafayette Square” or the “Firm”) is an impact-driven, minority-owned investment platform. Founded by Damien Dwin in 2020, the Firm confronts critical societal challenges with capital and services in three core areas: housing, jobs, and financial inclusion. For more information about Lafayette Square, please visit lafayettesquare.com

Media Contact:
Shree Dhond/Zach Kouwe
Dukas Linden Public Relations
646-722-6531
lafayettesquare@dlpr.com

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