Matthew R. Colucci
Matthew R. Colucci is a managing director on First Eagle’s Private Credit team, where he focuses on sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing senior and junior debt investments with private equity clients. He joined First Eagle in December 2017 when the firm acquired NewStar Financial.
Matt has more than 20 years of experience making debt and equity capital investments in middle market companies. Prior to joining NewStar in 2013, he was a partner with Balance Point Capital, a mezzanine fund focused on the lower middle market. From 2003 until 2009, Matt was a managing director, executive vice president and Investment Committee member of Patriot Capital Funding, Inc., a publicly traded business-development company making debt and equity investments in lower-middle-market companies. As a founding member of Patriot, he helped lead the business from its initial start-up in 2003 through a successful IPO in 2005 to its ultimate sale in 2009. During his tenure, Patriot invested over $550 million in 45 separate transactions with over 40 different private equity sponsors. Matt led and managed the investment team at Patriot and was responsible for all new business development, deal execution and portfolio management activities.
From 1998 to 2003, as a vice president in GE’s Merchant Banking Group (and its predecessor Heller Financial Inc.), Matt was responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting, closing and monitoring debt and equity investments in middle market transactions. Prior to Heller, Matt was a senior analyst in the Corporate Finance Group of Bayerische Landesbank. He began his career as a bond analyst with Aetna Casualty & Surety Company.
Matt holds a BS in finance from Central Connecticut State University.