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Andre Hakkak

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

White Oak Global Advisors LLC

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Andre Hakkak’s Biography

Andre Hakkak is Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of White Oak Global Advisors. He is a distinguished finance industry professional, company founder and entrepreneur, bringing innovative investment products and solutions to asset management and finance.

White Oak is a global investment management firm with over $10 billion in assets and 450 professionals across its financing affiliates. As a mission-based company, it supports small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) with financing solutions promoting their well-being and growth initiatives. To date, White Oak has financed over 20,000 SMEs in the US, UK, Canada and Australia with its product suite of 25 bank-like lending solutions, including asset-based lending, PACE and equipment leasing. In total, White Oak has deployed $24 billion of capital.

Andre is an advocate of decreasing global carbon footprint and has led initiatives ranging from solar energy financing to supporting plant-based plastic companies. Since its founding in 2007, White Oak has originated over $6 billion in capital for ESG and impact-oriented investments and is dedicated to developing climate change, alternative energy and healthcare solutions. It maintains a partnership with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Andre previously founded Alpine Global and served as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to this, he founded Suisse Global Investments, where he served as Portfolio Manager. He began his career at Robertson Stephens & Co. in investment banking.

Throughout his career, Andre has been a sought-after executive and served as a board member for companies, foundations and philanthropic endeavors. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, wake-surfing, mountain biking and tennis. He frequently comments on current market trends and has been featured in financial publications including Bloomberg, Reuters and Pensions & Investments.

Andre holds a BS in Finance & Marketing from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Andre Hakkak’s Newsfeed

ABL Advisor
Opportunities and Risks in the Private Credit Markets

Andre Hakkak, Co-Founder and CEO of White Oak Global Advisors shares his insights into the private credit market and the growing role institutional investors are playing in this market. Hakkak also provides his insights into institutional investors’ expectations beyond yield as well ask his thoughts on the high level of capital raised in special situations, distressed and opportunistic credits over the past year.

PR Newswire
White Oak Deployed $2.7 Billion in 2020

"Despite the turbulent past year and economic uncertainty, White Oak has delivered an exceptional year of growth, specifically through our specialized expertise in developing tailored lending solutions to small- and mid-sized enterprises. There is still a growing need for such flexible capital," said Andre Hakkak, CEO and Co-Founder of White Oak Global Advisors.

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Andre Hakkak’s Background

White Oak Global Advisors LLC
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
2007 - Present
White Oak Global Advisors, LLC is a global alternative asset manager that focuses on developing finance solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in order to facilitate growth, refinancing and recapitalization. Andre also serves as Co-portfolio manager and on the firm's Investment Committee.
Alpine Global Management, LLC logo Alpine Global Management, LLC logo
Alpine Global Management, LLC
Founder & Chief Investment Officer
2000 - 2007
New York, NY, USA
Andre founded Alpine Global after serving at the helm of Suisse Global. Alpine Global is a strategic investment management firm that focuses on alternative fixed income and real estate investments.
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Current Board Positions

Panasas
Board Member
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Panasas provides high-performance data storage solutions that helps support research and innovation across many industries in the world.

Media

Finding Opportunities in the Private Debt Market
Interview | ABF Journal Podcast
Jan 2021
For the 25th episode of the ABF Journal podcast, Andre Hakkak, CEO and Co-founder of White Oak Global Advisors, shared his thoughts on the current private debt market. He gave an overview of 2020 and the first few weeks of 2021 and highlighted potential opportunities and risks across the direct lending spectrum for the rest of this year.
White Oak Global Advisors Partners with Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Quoted
Oct 2020
Bryn Mawr, PA, USA
"We are pleased to further formalize our ESG risk management and underwriting processes by leveraging SASB standards as a baseline,” said White Oak’s Chief Executive Officer, Andre Hakkak. “This partnership underscores White Oak’s commitment to ensuring our underlying business processes create a variety of attractive ESG-compliant credit investment opportunities.”
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Accreditation

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Series 7, 63, and 24
1991
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the self-regulating body for the financial industry that is responsible for setting standards and defining regulations that professionals in the industry are guided by.

Publications

Commentary: Making the case for bank-type lending in an uncertain market
Author
Oct 2019
New York, NY, USA
Andre discusses 'making the case for bank-type lending in an uncertain market' in his article for Pensions & Investments as he explores where investors can place their money in in a late-cycle market environment.
Commentary: Private debt as the new private equity amid COVID-19
Co-Author
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
Andre writes about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and suggests private debt as the new private equity amid the pandemic as 'consumer sentiment and spending fade away.'
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Andre Hakkak’s Education

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Bachelor of Science | Finance and Marketing