"Victory Park has been a great partner for us in every sense of the word. They are collaborative, creative and eager to help us find solutions. I would gladly recommend them to any company looking for a strategic capital provider to help grow their business."
– Al Goldstein, CEO
Avant Credit Corporation
CHICAGO – February 16, 2016 – Victory Park Capital(VPC), an investment firm focused on private middle market debt and equity investments, announced today that Upacala Mapatuna has joined as chief investment officer. Upacala will bring more than 20 years of financial industry experience and over 15 years of investing experience to VPC.
“We have known Upacala for many years and are thrilled that she has chosen to join VPC’s leadership team. She is well-respected in our industry with proven investment acumen that will position us for continued success,” said Richard Levy, CEO and founder of VPC. “Upacala will be able to contribute immediately and we view her joining us as a validation of our investment strategy.”
As chief investment officer, Upacala will sit on VPC’s investment and management committees and be involved in overseeing VPC's current and future funds.
Upacala was previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs and a member of the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection group. In addition to her 12-year career at Goldman Sachs, Upacala has held various positions in the investment industry, including at Mill Road Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in undervalued public market micro-cap companies, Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, and Lazard Capital Partners, the private equity affiliate of Lazard. Upacala began her career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
Victory Park Capital (VPC) is an investment firm with a focus on alternative credit and a commitment to delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns and capital preservation for its clients. VPC provides privately negotiated debt and equity capital solutions to small and middle market companies across a wide range of industries. We target fundamentally sound businesses in need of liquidity and/or capital structure transformation and often take a leadership role in the financial restructuring process. VPC’s offerings leverage the firm’s special situations and credit structuring expertise and differentiated deal origination capabilities. The firm was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and San Francisco. VPC is privately held and a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC.