Mr. Shirey is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on U.S. direct lending. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Shirey was a Director at the Bank of Ireland, where he focused on loan syndications supporting private equity sponsored leveraged buyout transactions. Previously, he held positions at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Heller Financial, Inc., where he focused on loan syndications, credit management, and underwriting. Mr. Shirey holds a B.S. from Villanova University in Business Administration.