Churchill Announces Strong 2023 Investment Activity, Outpacing Overall Market

New York, January 18, 2024 Churchill Asset Management LLC, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen providing customized financing solutions to private equity firms and their portfolio companies, announced that the firm closed or committed more than $11 billion in over 350 transactions across its platform in 2023, effectively equaling its 2022 all-time record. Churchill also raised nearly $9 billion of new committed capital, bringing firmwide committed capital to over $50 billion from more than 2,000 institutional, family office and high-net worth investors globally.

“Following a slower first half of the year, Churchill experienced a significant increase in attractive deal flow post Labor Day, due to more certainty in the financial markets and expectations of moderating inflation impacting financing costs. Ultimately, the second half of 2023 was one of the most active periods in firm history,” said President & CEO, Ken Kencel. “Despite softness in the overall M&A market, large scale private credit managers like Churchill continued to take market share, with Churchill ranked as the #1 Most Active U.S. PE Lender in Pitchbook’s latest league tables.1.2 We are incredibly proud to continue to be a partner of choice for our clients, no matter the economic climate.”

Jason Strife, Head of Junior Capital & Private Equity Solutions, added, “Given the 2023 interest rate environment, many private equity firms were focused on ensuring optimal capital structures for their transactions, and our comprehensive suite of capital solutions was a powerful tool kit for them – whether it was senior lending, junior capital, equity co-investments or secondaries solutions. Thanks to the health of our portfolio and the strength of our balance sheet, we were excited to be able to support their needs in a variety of ways.”

Additional 2023 highlights:

1 Source: Pitchbook North America M&A Activity as of 30 Sep 2023. 2 Pitchbook Q3 2023 US PE Lending League Tables.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With over $50 billion of committed capital, we provide first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments, secondary solutions and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, execution and investment are driven by 170 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. To learn more about Churchill, visit

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Churchill Asset Management is a registered investment advisor and majority-owned, indirect subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America. Securities offered through Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.


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