NewStar Financial, Inc. (NewStar) is a specialized commercial finance company. It focuses on the direct origination of bank loans and equipment leases through teams of credit-trained bankers and marketing officers organized around industry and market segments. Its marketing and direct origination efforts target private equity sponsors, mid-sized companies, corporate executives, regional banks, real estate investors and a range of other referral sources and financial intermediaries. The Company operates on a national basis and specializes in providing a range of senior secured debt financing options to mid-sized companies to fund working capital, growth strategies, acquisitions and recapitalizations, as well as, equipment purchases. It also selectively arrange larger transactions, which it hold on its balance sheet or syndicate to other lenders, including a private debt fund, which it manages called the NewStar Credit Opportunities Fund, Ltd. (the NCOF).