Churchill Asset Management Named 2022 Lender Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor

Marks the third time and second consecutive year Churchill has received this prestigious accolade

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill”), an investment specialist of Nuveen, today announced that it was selected as recipient of the 2022 “Lender Firm of the Year” award by The M&A Advisor. Award winners were honored at the 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala held in New York City on November 15, 2022.

“We are very proud to be recognized as Lender Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor for the second consecutive year, a true testament to the scale and breadth of our platform and the solutions-based, partnership approach we take with our private equity sponsor clients,” said Ken Kencel, President & Chief Executive Officer of Churchill. “Thank you to our terrific team of talented professionals for their contributions in making Churchill the market-leading private debt platform it is today.”

The M&A Advisor Awards recognize excellence in dealmaking by honoring the firms and professionals whose activities set the standard for the M&A industry. An independent judging committee of top M&A industry experts determined the ultimate recipients of the awards which were revealed at the gala.

“Churchill represented the finest of the M&A industry in 2022 by standing out in a group of very strong finalists,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder of The M&A Advisor. “Ultimately, Churchill’s time-tested track record, ability to gain market share through today’s uncertain economic environment, and continuous expansion of its suite of financing solutions were key contributing factors to being selected as winner by our panel of independent judges made up of M&A experts.”

With $42 billion of committed capital, Churchill was also recently named U.S.A. Lender of the Year by the Global M&A Network and was ranked as the #1 Most Active U.S. Buyouts Lender in the latest league tables published by Pitchbook Data (Q2 2022)*. In addition to providing first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt to U.S. middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies, Churchill also makes equity co-investments, private equity fund commitments, and invests across the secondaries landscape.

*Selected by the Global M&A Network as a finalist for U.S.A Lender of the Year in February 2022. Finalists were judged independently by a point-indexed scoring system based on notable transactions, expertise, track record, leadership and client service. Churchill was selected as winner in April 2022. Pitchbook league table source was the Q2 2022 US PE Lending League Tables.

About Churchill Asset Management

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With $42 billion of committed capital, Churchill provides first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 140 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. More information can be found at

About The M&A Advisor

Now in its 24th year, The M&A Advisor was founded to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, establishing the industry’s leading media outlet in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier leadership organization for mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, delivering a range of integrated services.

This material is not intended to be a recommendation or investment advice, does not constitute a solicitation to buy or sell securities, and is not provided in a fiduciary capacity. The information provided does not take into account the specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Financial professionals should independently evaluate the risks associated with products or services and exercise independent judgment with respect to their clients. Churchill Asset Management is a registered investment advisor and majority-owned, indirect subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America.

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Madison Hanlon

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