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Over 25 years of Middle Market Lending Experience

Churchill Factsheet

Churchill Asset Management

A leading provider of senior and unitranche debt financing to middle market companies, primarily those owned by private equity investment firms. We currently manage $6 billion in committed capital and are part of Nuveen, the asset management division of TIAA and one of the largest global asset managers across multiple asset classes.


Committed Capital


Senior Credit Facilities


Senior Loans

Closed approx.


Worked with over

Private Equity Firms

Strong Sponsor

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Majority owned affiliate of Nuveen, and its exclusive provider of middle market senior debt financing

Stable Investment Team

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Senior management and investment team averaging over 25 years of middle market lending experience

Reliable Financing Solutions
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Invested $9.7 billion in senior loans in approx. 570 transactions since 2006

Alignment of Interests and Principles

Current committed capital under management of $6 billion on behalf of Nuveen and other institutional investors

Extensive Relationships

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A preferred partner for private equity sponsors, providing capital to companies owned by over 180 private equity sponsors

*Includes the combined investment history related to Churchill and its predecessor entities.

Senior Management Team

Ken Kencel

Kenneth J. Kencel serves as President & CEO of Churchill Asset Management. Throughout his over 30-year career Mr. Kencel has accrued a broad range of experience in leading middle market financing businesses. Previously, he was President and a Director of Carlyle GMS Finance (Carlyle’s publicly traded business development company); founded and was President and CEO […]

Randy Schwimmer

Senior Managing Director Randy Schwimmer supervises origination and capital markets for Churchill Asset Management. He is widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies. Mr. Schwimmer brings 30 years of experience in middle market finance to Churchill Asset Management, having served as a Senior Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets and Indirect […]

George Kurteson

Overseeing underwriting and portfolio management at Churchill Asset Management, Senior Managing Director George F. Kurteson brings over 30 years of middle market leveraged lending experience to the company. Prior to founding Churchill Asset Management, Mr. Kurteson served as a Managing Director of Carlyle GMS Finance and as a Founder and Senior Managing Director, Head of […]

Christopher Cox

Senior Managing Director Christopher Cox serves as Chief Risk Officer of Churchill Asset Management. Previously, he was a Principal of Carlyle GMS Finance and was a Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer for Churchill Financial, which he joined in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s risk management infrastructure, including all […]

David Heilbrunn

David Heilbrunn is a Senior Managing Director of Churchill Asset Management. As the firm’s Head of Product Development & Capital Raising, Mr. Heilbrunn focuses on capital raising activities and strategic initiatives, structuring new products and developing important institutional client relationships. Mr. Heilbrunn also focuses on optimizing the firm’s various financing arrangements and oversees Churchill’s collateralized loan obligation […]

Shai Vichness, CFA

Shai Vichness serves as a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Churchill Asset Management.  Previously, as Managing Director and Head of Senior Leveraged Lending for Churchill’s parent company, Nuveen, Mr. Vichness was responsible for initiating Nuveen’s investment program in middle market senior loans and was directly involved in the launch of Churchill […]

Brian Roelke

Brian Roelke serves as Head of Private Capital of Nuveen Private Markets. In this capacity he sits on the private markets investment committee and leads a group of investment professionals responsible for originating investment transactions in private asset classes including debt private placements, project finance, credit tenant loans, private ABS, senior leveraged loans, mezzanine, and […]

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