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Eric Beckman


Chairman & Managing Partner
Breakwater Investment Management, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)


Mr. Eric B. Beckman, JD is Chairman & Managing Partner at Breakwater Investment Management, LLC. Previously, Mr. Beckman was a Senior Partner at Ares Capital Management LLC and Ares Management LLC. Mr. Beckman joined Ares Management in 1998 and focused on the Private Debt Group. Before joining the Private Debt Group, he served as a Partner in the Private Equity Group and a Principal in Ares’ mezzanine and special situations effort. While at Ares Management, he has been responsible for originating, structuring and managing investments in senior loans, mezzanine debt, private equity and distressed securities across a number of industries. Mr. Beckman joined Ares from Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he specialized in leveraged loan and high yield bond financings. While at Goldman Sachs, he was also involved in raising and managing the West Street Bridge Loan Fund, and in certain restructuring advisory and distressed lending activities. Earlier in his career he worked in the Office of the Mayor and for the City Council of New York. Mr. Beckman is the chair of the Los Angeles Advisory Committee and a member of the national board of directors of the Posse Foundation.


Mr. Beckman graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Theory and Economics from Cornell University, and received his JD from the Yale Law School where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.