Andrew Schardt

Head of Global Investment Strategy | Global Head of Direct Credit
Drew is the Head of Global Investment Strategy at Hamilton Lane and also serves as the firm’s Global Head of Direct Credit. As Head of Investment Strategy, Drew is responsible for shaping strategic portfolio decisions across Hamilton Lane’s various investment strategies and product areas. In his capacity as Head of Direct Credit, Drew oversees all credit-related investment activities and manages the Direct Credit team. Drew is a member of the Investment Committee as well as the firm’s Executive Committee. 

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2008, Drew focused on principal investing and advisory activities while at TCG Advisors, an Aerospace & Defense-focused merchant bank. Previously, Drew held positions with Holberg, Inc., a diversified private holding company, and he began his career in investment banking at Banc of America Securities.

Drew received an M.B.A from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University.

Authored Content

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That Escalated Quickly

Who knew that the comedic genius of Mr. Ron Burgundy would capture the spirit of a multifaceted topic so well? And what is that topic, you ask? Well, what is nipping at the heels of COVID, QAnon, SPACs and WFH as the most discussed subject? Inflation. And the escalation of chatter around rising prices doesn’t look like it will subside anytime soon.

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Rainy Days, Credit Quality and Market Conditions: 5 Key Considerations for Private Credit

In our first attempt at a "listicle" (yes, we are extremely hip), we're tackling some of the pros and cons around the current economic cycle, and taking a closer look at private credit as an asset class to see how it might fare. [Spoiler alert: We think private credit is a pretty good and relatively more predictable spot to be in when the going gets tough – whenever that may be.] Here's our list of some key considerations for private credit investors right now.

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Podcast

The End is Near for Private Credit, Right?

In this episode, Global Head of Private Credit Drew Schardt lays out our case for why private credit is here to stay despite the fears over rapid growth of the space.

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The End is Near for Private Credit, Right?

For the last several years, the global financial markets have benefited from benign fundamentals, plentiful liquidity and rising asset prices. However, as of late, volatility has resurfaced and strategies designed to benefit from a low volatility bull market have been called into question. In this article, Head of Research Mike Ryan analyzes the relationship of volatility and buyout performance from prior cycles to see what it might tell us about this cycle.

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Podcast

Building a Successful Private Credit Program

Managing Director and Global Head of Private Credit, Drew Schardt, discusses LPs’ growing interest in private credit, advantages that the strategy can provide and how we approach investment opportunities in this evolving space.

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