Churchill’s Nick Lawler Recognized as an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor

New York, June 24, 2024 – Churchill Asset Management, an investment specialist of Nuveen that provides customized financing solutions to U.S. middle-market focused private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, announced that Nick Lawler, Managing Director and Head of Secondaries, is among the recipients of The M&A Advisor’s 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards.

“On behalf of the firm, I applaud Nick on this well-deserved industry honor,” said Jason Strife, Head of Junior Capital & Private Equity Solutions at Churchill Asset Management. “Nick has been instrumental in building and leading our secondaries strategy, offering our private equity partners bespoke liquidity solutions that complement our comprehensive range of private capital offerings. His creativity, expertise and relationships have been instrumental to our business amid an exciting time for the secondaries asset class, and I look forward to his continued success.”

Nick joined Churchill in 2022 to formally launch the firm’s secondaries platform, which now manages over $1.5 billion of committed capital across its GP-led and LP-led programs. Under Nick’s leadership, Churchill was ranked the #1 most active private equity lender in U.S. secondary buyouts in 2023 by Pitchbook Data.

The Emerging Leaders Awards celebrate the accomplishments of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring professionals under the age of 40 whose significant level of success establishes them as emerging leaders in the industry. Recipients were selected based on their career accomplishments, professional expertise and community service and philanthropic activities. Nick and other recipients will be honored at the M&A Advisor’s Leadership Dealmaking Summit in New York on September 23-24, 2024.

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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 $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 more than 175 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. To learn more about Churchill, visit

About The M&A Advisor

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