Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager for Opportunistic Credit

Mark Lawrence, Managing Director, is a portfolio manager for the Investment Team focusing on investments in special situations, direct lending, distress, and secondary markets.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Mr. Lawrence was a Managing Director at Apollo Global Management as a portfolio strategist and senior member of the Opportunistic Credit Team responsible for overseeing $15 billion of capital. Mr. Lawrence was responsible for investment sourcing, execution, and monitoring of private investments in direct lending and distress-for-control investment. Before his experience at Apollo, Mr. Lawrence was a Managing Director and senior analyst at Solus Alternative Asset Management from 2007 to 2012, a credit-focused hedge fund with $3 billion of assets under management. At Solus, Mr. Lawrence was responsible for identifying, analyzing, and valuing investments in a variety of industrial and basic materials sectors. Mr. Lawrence has experience in stressed and distressed investing including control transactions. Prior to Solus, Mr. Lawrence was a Managing Director and analyst at Stanfield Capital Partners from 2002 to 2007 and an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities from 1998 to 2002.

Mr. Lawrence is currently a member of the University of Washington College of Engineering Advisory Board and previously was on the advisory boards of University of Washington Chemical Engineering and Mendoza Graduate Alumni. In the past, he served on the board of Express Energy Services.

Mr. Lawrence earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.