MassMutual, the parent of Boston-based investment manager Babson Capital Management LLC, is getting involved with middle-market lending through Babson’s new arm, run by managing director Ian Fowler.

The company already has a history of lending, through Antares, which was sold to GE Capital in 2005, and Babson, which has been providing mezzanine loans since the 90s. Now that it’s non-compete clause with GE Capital has expired, the company is ready to get back into the space by providing senior-secured loans through the new middle-market lending group.

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