Comvest Taps Ex-Goldman Exec Goila For Direct Lending Unit

Apr 3 2017 | 6:37pm ET

Comvest Partners has hired former Goldman Sachs executive Tom Goila as a managing director in the company’s Comvest Capital direct lending unit.

In his new role, Goila will be responsible for originating, structuring and managing debt investment opportunities, the company said. He joins Comvest with more than 15 years of experience financing sponsored and non-sponsored middle-market companies in a variety of specialized industries throughout the capital structure. 

Before coming aboard, Goila was a director with Goldman Sachs’ Specialty Lending Group, where he focused on originating, underwriting and structuring debt and minority equity transactions to middle-market companies. Previously, he was with BNP Paribas, providing senior and junior capital to private equity sponsor backed middle-market healthcare companies, and he started his finance career in healthcare investment banking for First Union.

“We are very pleased to have Tom join Comvest,” said Jason Gelberd, partner at Comvest, in a statement. “We have very similar views on lending and, together with Dan Lee, Greg Reynolds, and Jon Huitink who share a common investing philosophy from their time together at Cerberus, I believe we are continuing to build an investment team with credit and risk insight shaped by institutions that have demonstrated to be best in class.”

Comvest Capital is part of Comvest Partners’ broader private equity investment platform. Its lending strategy primarily focuses on providing senior secured debt to lower middle-market businesses and non-sponsored businesses across a broad range of industries, with a focus on healthcare, technology, transportation, financial services, media and manufacturing industries. 

Comvest Partners, meanwhile, is a private investment firm providing equity and debt capital to middle-market companies across the U.S. The company has invested $2.6 billion in more than 145 companies since inception and today manages approximately $2.3 billion. 

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