Opportunities in U.S. Lower Middle Market Private Credit

Hosted by Star Mountain Capital
January 21, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Led by Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, a $1.5bn AUM specialized U.S. lower middle-market investment firm focused on generating alpha from value-added direct lending and off-market secondary fund investing.

  • Where investors can look for Alpha and create more defensive portfolios including lower correlation / beta investments
  • Demographic trends and how they create challenges and opportunities
  • Valuation arbitrage between smaller and larger companies
  • Pricing and return dynamics in private credit
  • 2021 and beyond outlook for private credit particularly in the lower middle-market

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Opportunities In the US Lower Middle Market



  • Brett Hickey

    Chief Executive Officer
    Star Mountain Capital

    Brett Hickey has over 20 years of private investing and investment banking experience with over 15 years spent directly in the U.S. lower middle-market. He has completed over 125 private equity, private credit and secondary fund investments.

    Mr. Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a multi-billion dollar specialized private investment firm, making loans, private equity investments and secondary fund purchases across its Collaborative Ecosystem® in the lower middle-market. Driven by culture and stakeholder alignment, Star Mountain has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Crain’s and Pensions & Investments in both 2020 and 2019.

    Previously worked as an Investment Banker at Citigroup Global Markets in New York City (formerly known as Salomon Smith Barney) where he completed over $24 billion in transactions for financial institutions.

    Graduated with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Owner, President / Manager executive training and management program.

    Board positions include Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Help for Children and the YMCA of Greenwich. He is also the Founder & Chairman of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) focused on job creation (including for veterans, women and athletes), economic development and health & wellness. Mr. Hickey is a member of YPO and is a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.


Star Mountain Capital

Star Mountain is a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on the U.S. lower middle-market by investing debt and equity directly into established operating companies, making strategic investments into fund managers and purchasing secondary fund positions. Star Mountain Capital, founded in 2010 by Brett Hickey, is a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on the large and fragmented U.S. lower middle-market. Backed by some of the world’s most sophisticated institutional and high-net-worth investors, Star Mountain has developed a unique and proprietary platform to provide investors with highly diversified access to the attractive risk-reward opportunities available from established businesses that are not large enough to access the more efficient U.S. capital markets.