Mr. Casperson joined Oaktree in 2001 and serves on the investment committee for Oaktree’s Direct Lending strategy. He is also co-portfolio manager for the Mezzanine and Middle-Market Direct Lending strategies. Mr. Casperson’s primary responsibilities include oversight of the team’s investment professionals, portfolio construction and overall management of the strategies. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Casperson worked in the Leveraged Finance and Global Syndicated Finance groups at J.P. Morgan Chase where he was responsible for leading high yield deal teams in all phases of due diligence and "one-stop" financings including senior credit facilities, high yield bonds and bridge loans. Prior to that, Mr. Casperson was a member of Chase Manhattan’s Financial Sponsor Group, where he was responsible for managing relationships with a variety of buyout funds. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Casperson worked at NationsBank N.A., most recently as a principal in the High Yield Finance Group. Prior to NationsBank, he was an auditor at Touche Ross & Co. Mr. Casperson holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration with a concentration in finance.