Founder & CEO, Monroe Capital
Mr. Koenig also serves as the Chairman, President and CEO of Monroe Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: MRCC), a publicly traded business development company (BDC). Monroe Capital LLC is a private credit asset management firm specializing in direct lending and opportunistic private credit investing. Since 2004, the firm has provided private credit solutions to borrowers in the U.S. and Canada. Monroe’s middle market lending platform provides senior and junior debt financing to businesses, special situation borrowers and private equity sponsors. Investment types include unitranche financings; cash flow, asset based and enterprise value based loans; and equity co-investments. Monroe has been recognized by Creditflux as the 2019 Best U.S. Direct Lending Fund; Global M&A Network as the 2018 Small Middle Markets Lender of the Year; Private Debt Investor as the 2017 Lower Mid-Market Lender of the Year; M&A Advisor as the 2016 Lender Firm of the Year; and the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2015 Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year.
In 2017, Mr. Koenig was honored with the Tree of Life Award by the Jewish National Fund in appreciation of his outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and the security of human life. In 2016, Mr. Koenig received the Leadership Achievement Award by The Global M&A for his management talents, influence and contributions made to advance and grow their respective organizations as well as markets. In 2014, Mr. Koenig was inducted in the Academy of Alumni Fellows of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for his significant contributions to the art and science of business management. In 2013, Mr. Koenig was awarded the Stanley C. Golder Award by the Illinois Venture Capital Association as a recognized leader in venture/private equity investing and for his profound and lasting contribution to the private equity industry in Illinois. Mr. Koenig also received the 2013 Torch of Liberty Award from the Mid-West Region of the Anti-Defamation League recognizing his achievements in both the corporate and philanthropic communities. Mr. Koenig was named the 2012 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year by The Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors (AM&AA) and Grant Thornton LLP recognizing individuals in the mergers and acquisitions profession who create and advocate ideas that are transformative for the industry.
Prior to founding Monroe Capital in 2004, Mr. Koenig was President and CEO of Hilco Capital LP, a junior secured/mezzanine debt fund established in 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Koenig spent 13 years at the Chicago-based law firm of Holleb & Coff as partner and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Finance groups, where he supervised and was responsible for structuring, negotiating and documenting acquisitions and sales of middle-market companies as well as representing the firm’s bank, financial institution and commercial finance clients in financing transactions for buyout, growth, recapitalization and restructuring transactions. Before joining Holleb & Coff in 1986, Mr. Koenig spent three years in the Mergers/Acquisitions and Corporate Finance practice group of Winston & Strawn where he was involved mostly in structuring and documenting buyouts, sales and financings for middle market companies.
Mr. Koenig is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (B.S.) in accounting with high honors and Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.) with honors. He also successfully passed the Certified Public Accounting Exam. Mr. Koenig is a Director of the Commercial Finance Association, and a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Association for Corporate Growth. Mr. Koenig also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University; Board of Overseers, Chicago-Kent College of Law; and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Allendale School, a non-profit residential and educational facility for emotionally troubled children in the greater Chicago area.
Mr. Koenig is a frequent lecturer to various business and financial organizations and has published numerous articles in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and leverage buyout finance, and general business and economic trends.