Aksia private credit exec joins Kennedy Lewis

Sylvia Owens has joined New York credit firm Kennedy Lewis Investment Management as managing director after more than four years at alternative investment consultant specialist Aksia.

Owens brings a wealth of experience as a product specialist and will help expand Kennedy Lewis’s client base as she joins the business development effort at the $2.87 billion investment firm, according to Partner and Head of Business Development Ben Schryber.  

At Aksia as managing director of global private credit, Owens oversaw the implementation of private credit and real assets portfolios. She advised the firm’s clients on portfolio construction, investment selection, pacing, risk, performance monitoring, benchmarking, co-investment programs, structuring, tactical plans and board presentations.

Owens joined the firm in 2016 as a senior portfolio advisor after nearly a decade in the private markets space, working with both investors and GPs across private equity, real assets and private credit selection and positioning.  She is the second private debt team member to leave Aksia as Rebecca Levy recently joined CIFC.

The new hire comes right after the close of the Kennedy Lewis Capital Partners Master Fund II with $2.1 billion in commitments.

Kennedy Lewis was founded in 2017 by CarVal alum David Chene and Blackstone GSO distressed debt specialist Darren Richman. The firm’s first fund closed in 2018 with just over $500 million in committed capital. 

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