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Christian Oberbeck

is the Chairman and CEO of Saratoga Investment Corp

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Healthy Dialogue Curbs Hostile Activism

This article, written by Henri Steenkamp, was originally published on CFO.com   The rise of investor activism is certainly a controversial topic within many circles and industries. It’s even caused some companies to reshape their CFO searches. The...
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Four Closed-End Funds to Feel Good About Even if Rates Rise

Don’t let fears of a Federal Reserve rate hike scare you away from these four promising closed-end funds The Street’s Gregg Greenberg spoke with special guest and nationally recognized closed-end fund expert John Cole Scott about four closed-end funds that...
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How to Stay Up to Date in the BDC Sector

This article, by Henri Steenkamp, was originally published on HenriSteenkamp.com The business development company sector is a fast evolving facet of the financial marketplace. It is imperative that you stay abreast of the news, or you could fall behind. As a member of...
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High-yield Investments Rise as Goldman Sachs Launches BDCs

In March 2015, Goldman Sachs launched the initial public offering (IPO) of its business development company (BDC), signaling a rise in the number of high-yield investments that will play out in the market. Although over 50 BDCs were already publicly traded before...
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Opinions Split on BDC Maturity Wall Scenario

Do BDCs have a debt maturity issue on its hand? A recent Fitch Ratings report found that is indeed the case as some $1.3 billion of convertible notes and other debts from select BDCs are about to reach maturity. The sum totals the 2011 and 2012 issued notes from four...
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Chris OberbeckChris Oberbeck is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Saratoga Investment Corp., a publicly traded business development company. Mr. Oberbeck brings over 25 years of experience in leveraged finance, from distressed debt to private equity, to his position.

Mr. Oberbeck’s wealth of experience stems from originating, structuring, negotiating, consummating, managing and monitoring investments in a wide variety of middle-market businesses. In addition to his aforementioned roles, Mr. Oberbeck is the Managing Partner of Saratoga Partners, a middle market private equity investment firm, and has served on its investment committee since 1995. In 2008, he assumed management responsibility of Saratoga Partners.

Prior to joining Saratoga, Chris Oberbeck served as an integral figure in the early development of the corporate buyout firm Castle Harlan, Inc. Serving as Managing Director, he served as a key figure in successful investments in manufacturing and financial services companies, until departing in 1995 to join Saratoga. In addition to his work at Castle Harlan, Inc., Mr. Oberbeck established himself as a Financial Analyst and Associate at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber (’82-’84) and The Corporate Development Group of Arthur Young (’86-’87).

His financial acumen is a credit to a lifelong emphasis on education that took him overseas for schooling in France, as well as receiving an elite education from New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy. Upon entering university, he a diverse education–earning his ScB. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics from Brown University (’82) and M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Columbia University (’84).

When not at work, Chris Oberbeck endeavors to give back as much as possible through his non-profit efforts. Since 2010, he has remained active in the Chief Executive Organization as well as the World Presidents Organization’s Big Apple and Fairchester chapters. Furthermore, in 2011 he began with the PEN American Center, Literary and Human Rights Organization and Harvard Kennedy School’s Dean’s Council.