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Amid aggressive market conditions, LPs more open to non-sponsored direct lending

Middle market non-sponsored direct lending has historically suffered from negative associations. This has been fueled by many direct lenders “dabbling” in the non-sponsored space, only to get burned with a few bad deals and subsequently exiting the strategy.

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Freedom 3 Capital grows mezz platform with Kansas City office

Freedom 3 Capital (F3C), a New York-based private credit investment firm, has expanded its business with a second office in Kansas City and the addition of two investment professionals, the firm said.

Partner Brian Block and Principal Aaron Blazer, both based in Kansas City, bring the size of the team to 11. They join F3C’s existing partners Jason Block, Fred Buffone, Erik Glover and Dan Tamkin.

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New York mezzanine fund sets up shop in KC

Freedom 3 Capital, a New York-based mezzanine fund, chose Kansas City as the location for its first satellite office.

Founded in 2013 by a group of finance experts, Freedom 3 Capital hired Aaron Blazar and Brian Block to set up a new office at 4801 Main St. in Kansas City.

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Lead Left Spotlight — Jason Block & Fred Buffone 

This week we chat with Jason Block, partner and chief investment officer and Fred Buffone, principal, of Freedom 3 Capital. F3C provides tailored junior capital solutions to middle market companies by providing a combination of junior capital securities to generate current income and capital appreciation. 

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