Management

Howard M. Levkowitz , Chairman of the Board

Mr. Levkowitz is Chairman of BlackRock TCP Capital Corp and a member of BlackRock’s Global Credit Platform. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Levkowitz co-founded Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), where he was a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Management Committee. Prior to co-founding TCP, Mr. Levkowitz was an attorney with Dewey Ballantine LLP, specializing in real estate and insolvencies. He has served as a Director of both public and private companies and has also served on several formal and informal credit committees.

Mr. Levkowitz is actively involved in a number of philanthropic activities, particularly in educational initiatives, and serves as an executive board member for two private schools.

  • J.D. from the University of Southern California
  • B.S. in Economics (Magna Cum Laude, concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in History (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania

Rajneesh Vig , President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vig serves as BlackRock TCP Capital Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer and is a member of Blackrock's Global Credit Platform.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Vig was a Managing Partner at Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), where he was also Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Management Committee. Prior to TCP, Mr. Vig held roles within Investment Banking, Debt Capital Markets and the Structured Solutions Group at Deutsche Bank Securities from 1999 through 2006.

He currently chairs Blackrock Private Credit's Investment Committee and is a member of the Credit Oversight Committee. He also serves on the Los Angeles Board of the Posse Foundation.

  • M.B.A. in Finance from New York University
  • B.A. (magna cum laude) in Economics from Connecticut College

Philip Tseng, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Tseng serves as BlackRock TCP Capital Corp’s Chief Operating Officer and is a member of Blackrock's Global Credit Platform.

Prior to joining TCP, Mr. Tseng was a member of the Credit Suisse First Boston technology investment banking group focusing on technology and business services. While at CSFB, he advised on and executed M&A, public and private equity and structured debt transactions for a broad range of small and large cap companies. He also spent time covering technology services companies as an equity research analyst. Prior to that, he spent time in investment banking at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, where he managed equity and debt offerings for telecommunications companies, both emerging and incumbent carriers. Mr. Tseng currently serves as a Director on the boards of First Advantage, Shopzilla Inc., Anacomp, Inc., and also as a Director on the board of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern California section.

  • M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School
  • B.A. (honors) in Economics from Harvard College, Captain of the Men's Varsity Tennis Team and recipient of NCAA and Ivy League awards

Erik L. Cuellar , Chief Financial Officer

Erik L. Cuellar serves as Chief Financial Officer for BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. and is a member of Blackrock's Global Credit Platform.

Mr. Cuellar joined BlackRock in 2018 following the acquisition of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to joining TCP in 2011, Mr. Cuellar served as Controller for Ares Capital Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Cuellar was with Metropolitan West Asset Management where he served as the Assistant Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer for the Metropolitan West Funds. Prior to that, Mr. Cuellar managed the Alternative Investments Group at Western Asset Management Company. Mr. Cuellar began his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP where he was a Senior Auditor in their Financial Services Group.

  • Certified Public Accountant in the State of California
  • B.S. in Accounting from California State University Northridge

Charles C.S. Park, Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Park is the Chief Compliance Officer to BlackRock’s U.S. Registered Funds (Mutual Funds, Closed-End Funds, and iShares Exchange-Traded Funds) and its US-based registered investment advisers. Mr. Park became a Managing Director of BlackRock following the merger of Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”) with BlackRock in 2009 (the “Merger”). Prior to the Merger, from 2006, he served as Chief Compliance Officer to BGI’s Mutual Funds and iShares Exchange-Traded Funds and their registered investment adviser, Barclays Global Fund Advisors. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Park was employed by American Century Investments where he served as Chief Compliance Officer from 2004 to 2006 and as Counsel from 1995 to 2004.

  • BA degree in Economics and a JD from University of Michigan

Laurence D. Paredes, General Counsel & Secretary

Laurence D. Paredes serves as General Counsel & Secretary of BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. and is a member of BlackRock's Legal and Compliance team.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2008, Mr. Paredes served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Porter Novelli, Inc., an Omnicom Group Inc. agency and a global public relations firm with 17 North American offices and a network of nearly 100 international offices. Before joining Porter Novelli, Inc., Mr. Paredes was with the law firms of Spitzer & Feldman P.C. and Beckman, Millman & Sanders LLP, where he practiced corporate, securities and investment management law.

Mr. Paredes is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He has served as a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School, as well as President of the Rye Country Day School Alumni Executive Board.

  • B.A. (Economics) from Hobart College
  • J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Investment Committee

Howard M. Levkowitz , Managing Director, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Levkowitz is Chairman of BlackRock TCP Capital Corp and a member of BlackRock’s Global Credit Platform. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Levkowitz co-founded Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), where he was a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Management Committee. Prior to co-founding TCP, Mr. Levkowitz was an attorney with Dewey Ballantine LLP, specializing in real estate and insolvencies. He has served as a Director of both public and private companies and has also served on several formal and informal credit committees.

Mr. Levkowitz is actively involved in a number of philanthropic activities, particularly in educational initiatives, and serves as an executive board member for two private schools.

  • J.D. from the University of Southern California
  • B.S. in Economics (Magna Cum Laude, concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in History (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania

Philip Tseng, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining TCP, Mr. Tseng was a member of the Credit Suisse First Boston technology investment banking group focusing on technology and business services. While at CSFB, he advised on and executed M&A, public and private equity and structured debt transactions for a broad range of small and large cap companies. He also spent time covering technology services companies as an equity research analyst. Prior to that, he spent time in investment banking at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, where he managed equity and debt offerings for telecommunications companies, both emerging and incumbent carriers. Mr. Tseng currently serves as a Director on the boards of First Advantage, Shopzilla Inc., Anacomp, Inc., and also as a Director on the board of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern California section.

  • M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School
  • B.A. (honors) in Economics from Harvard College, Captain of the Men's Varsity Tennis Team and recipient of NCAA and Ivy League awards

Rajneesh Vig , Managing Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vig serves as BlackRock TCP Capital Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer and is a member of Blackrock's Global Credit Platform.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Vig was a Managing Partner at Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), where he was also Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Management Committee. Prior to TCP, Mr. Vig held roles within Investment Banking, Debt Capital Markets and the Structured Solutions Group at Deutsche Bank Securities from 1999 through 2006.

He currently chairs Blackrock Private Credit's Investment Committee and is a member of the Credit Oversight Committee. He also serves on the Los Angeles Board of the Posse Foundation.

  • M.B.A. in Finance from New York University
  • B.A. (magna cum laude) in Economics from Connecticut College

For more information on the personnel of our Advisor, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, click here: www.tennenbaumcapital.com/people.html.