Churchill Asset Management Named Lender Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor for the Second Time

Sherry Chen also Honored as a 2021 Emerging Leader

New York, November 30, 2021 Churchill Asset Management LLC (“Churchill” or the “Firm”), an investment specialist of Nuveen that provides customized financing solutions to U.S. middle market-focused private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, was named the 2021 “Lender Firm of the Year” by The M&A Advisor.  The Firm also received this award in 2019.

“Private equity sponsors have a multitude of choices when deciding who to conduct business with, and this recognition showcases the trust that our clients have in us to deliver unmatched financing solutions across the capital structure,” said Ken Kencel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Churchill. “This accolade of course would not be made possible without the hard work and dedication of our talented team of best-in-class professionals. Together, our efforts are what makes Churchill the market-leading private capital platform of choice.”

Sherry Chen, Churchill’s Digital Marketing Manager, was also recognized as a winner of the 12th Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leader Awards, in recognition of her creativity and marketing talents.

Kencel added, “Sherry propels our Firm forward by developing and executing strategic marketing initiatives and campaigns for Churchill’s multi-strategy platform, driving brand awareness for our firm across the industry. We are grateful for her many contributions and look forward to her future successes at Churchill.”

Now in its 20th year, The M&A Advisor Awards recognize excellence in dealmaking and honor the top professionals, firms and services in the industry. The Annual Emerging Leaders Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success. Award recipients were formally recognized at the 2021 Future of Dealmaking Summit on November 17th in New York City.

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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 $33 billion of committed capital, Churchill provides first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 100 professionals in New York, Charlotte and Chicago. More information can be found at

About The M&A Advisor

Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor has built a leading global network of M&A, turnaround, and finance professionals across domestic and international dealmaking. Today, they have the privilege of presenting, recognizing achievements, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers worldwide through community-building events, awards programs, and content.

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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. Certain Nuveen products are advised by Nuveen Alternatives Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA, and distributed by Nuveen Securities, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC.


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