Gareth Henry has a lot of experience in the private credit sector through his work heading investor relations globally for companies such as Fortress Investment Group and Angelo Gordon. He is capable of understanding the math that goes with these type of investments due to his education in actuary mathematics in college. Sometimes, private credit can be complicated when you get down to the math of it, but he has been able to gain a deep understanding of the topic. After the 2008 financial crisis, many changes were made to the regulations that banks had to follow. Because of these changes, banks were not as willing to lend privately especially in the middle markets.
Public companies found themselves being forced to be more transparent with their practices due to the many scandals that were discovered because of the crisis. These companies have also been facing issues due to new requirements that force companies to report on their status every quarter. Gareth Henry believes that this requirement is causing companies to make decisions that aren’t the wisest for the long term in order to look good on paper immediately. While banks may be turning away from providing these credit lines, it leaves opportunities for investors like Gareth Henry and their firms to provide these lines of credit as an investment. He believes that these changes will cause a dramatic change in the landscape of business for years to come.
With his years of experience in the field, it’s understandable why so many people are interested in his opinions about the private credit sector. Gareth Henry believes that he owes a lot of his success to his ability to combine his “math geek” roots, experience in the financial industry, and the hard work that he puts into developing long-lasting relationships that help him and his clients get ahead in the industry. His network of contacts that he has in many different industries has been very useful for him and his companies to achieve the investment goals that they are striving towards. He noticed from an early age that math and finance merged in different ways that would help him in his career.