Former Credit Suisse Australia chief joins Ares

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The former CEO of Credit Suisse Australia has joined the global alternative investment manager as the chairman of its Australia and New Zealand business.

John Knox

John Knox will step into the role of Australia and New Zealand chairman of Ares SSG, with responsibility for driving a range of business expansion opportunities across the two countries. He will work closely with Edwin Wong, managing partner and CEO of Ares SSG and Eric Vimont, managing partner and head of strategy. 

“As a proven leader in the Australian market for the past two decades, John will provide the local knowledge, experience and relationships to further expand the opportunity set for Ares through our Ares SSG platform,” said Michael Arougheti, Ares CEO and president. 


“We believe John can help us capitalise on our recent transactions, secure compelling new opportunities and enhance our offering for our investor base.”

Prior to becoming CEO of Credit Suisse Australia, Mr Knox served as head and co-head of its investment banking teams in Australia for nearly a decade. He has also held the position of chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association from 2016 to 2019 and has served as chairman of Cricket NSW since 2018. 

“Ares is highly regarded as a global leader in alternative investments, with an unmatched private credit business and market-leading businesses in private equity and real estate,” Mr Knox said.

“It stands apart for its collaborative culture, the depth and talent within the organisation, and long and distinguished investment track record. I believe there is a significant opportunity to extend Ares’ reach throughout Australia and New Zealand, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Michael, Edwin, Eric and the existing Australia team to champion these growth initiatives.”

Ares has been highly active through the APAC region over the last year, acquiring SSG Capital Holdings Limited, forming Ares Australia Management through a joint venture with Fidante Partners, and launching a strategic partnership with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.


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