Vista Credit Partners, the credit-investing arm of Vista Equity Partners, has hired Greg Galligan as senior managing director.

Galligan will be responsible for managing the direct lending business within Vista Credit Partners’ credit platform, including helping to drive origination and underwriting efforts for both sponsor-backed and founder-led borrowers. He joins Vista Credit Partners with over two decades of experience in finance. He most recently served as partner of Ares Management Corp. where he was responsible for building and leading Ares’ direct lending efforts in the U.S. Prior to Ares, Galligan worked at DLJ Investment Partners where he focused on origination, structuring and leveraged finance transactions.

“As the private markets that have long powered the enterprise software industry continue to evolve, founders and businesses are continuing to seek out differentiated and non-dilutive capital solutions to invest in and scale their businesses,” says David Flannery, president of Vista Credit Partners and senior managing director at Vista Equity Partners. “Greg is a deeply knowledgeable credit investor with demonstrable experience driving growth and product innovation at some of the industry’s largest direct lending platforms, and we are incredibly pleased to welcome him to the credit team.”