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Mastering Private Debt Markets with Spring Hollis of Star Strong Capital

Spring Hollis is the founder of Strong Capital, a private debt investment firm focused on lending to lower middle market companies, where she has invested approximately 145 million in private debt transactions since the inception of the firm in 2019.

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"My career journey started as a lawyer. I practiced law for what I think of as a heartbeat because I did it for a year or two and then realized that it was really not my cup of tea. I valued the legal profession largely because I know that I can't do it, and it's a really hard business.

I left and joined a client, Deutsche Bank, and joined the structured transactions group in 2000. At the time, the focus was on structured principal deals for the bank and I spent about 10 years at Deutsche doing that type of work on the sales and trading desk.

After the financial crisis, I took a break and returned as a portfolio manager at Park Cities Asset Management, focusing on specialty finance transactions, which I think is another way of saying lender finance. That instance was really focused on small business funding and consumer-related credit products. I left in 2019 to start my firm."

Star Strong Capital

Spring Hollis, Founder and CEO

Star Strong Capital provides flexible debt solutions to small businesses operating in areas underserved by traditional capital markets. Our focus is on financing for positive social impact, and helping businesses grow and reduce barriers to success. Our business is built on partnership with our network of investors and the businesses we serve.

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