Barrish will report to Stephen Mehos, Senior Managing Director and Head of Financial Products for Macquarie Capital in the U.S. Abt will report to Kevin Smith, Senior Managing Director and Head of Syndicated Loan and High Yield Capital Markets.
Barrish brings more than 18 years of investment banking experience with a specific focus on credit analysis, structuring, originating, committing capital and syndicating transactions. He joins Macquarie from RBC Capital Markets, where he led new business origination, structuring and execution for corporations and financial sponsors across a number of industries. Prior to RBC, Mr. Barrish worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at Merrill Lynch and previously at Citigroup.
Abt joins Macquarie from JP Morgan where he was a Managing Director in Leveraged Capital Markets. While at JP Morgan, Abt executed numerous leveraged loan and high-yield bond transactions across a variety of industries. Prior to JP Morgan, Abt was a Managing Director in Loan Capital Markets at RBC Capital Markets in New York, as well as the Loan Capital Markets group at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.
'We are excited to welcome Michael and Jeff to Macquarie', said Stephen Mehos. 'They bring a very successful track record of raising debt capital for financial sponsors and corporate clients across a range of industries, and will provide Macquarie with broader transaction expertise, strong industry relationships and deep origination and syndication capabilities. They will help us ensure that we address a wider range of client needs across Macquarie’s expanding client base. These additions underscore the continued growth of our U.S. DCM platform'.
Since January 1, 2014 Macquarie Capital has been a bookrunner on more than 70 leveraged finance transactions.