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Pascale Thomas

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Ariel Investments, LLC and Ariel Alternatives, LLC Chief Compliance Officer, Ariel Alternatives, LLC

Pascale's Expertise

As Deputy General Counsel for Ariel Investments, Pascale serves as a senior member of its legal and compliance team. She also operates as the Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel of Ariel Alternatives, where she leads the compliance program and functions as primary legal counsel for the organization. Pascale is a non-voting member of Ariel Alternatives’ investment and valuation committees. Before joining Ariel, Pascale served as the deputy general counsel and deputy chief compliance officer of Makena Capital Management LLC, a registered investment adviser with $24 billion of assets under management across single- and multi-asset class portfolios. At Makena, Pascale led all legal work for pooled investment vehicles and strategies, including private equity (buyout, venture capital and private alternatives) and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the compliance program. Previously, Pascale was managing director and assistant general counsel at Z Capital Group, LLC, a registered investment adviser where she oversaw the day-to-day legal and compliance needs of the firm, including the structuring, offering and management of private equity funds, credit funds, co-investments, and CLOs. Pascale began her career in the Sidley Austin investment products and derivatives group, advising alternative asset managers on the slew of legal matters impacting their investment advisory businesses, including structuring, offering, marketing, and operating private funds in accordance with federal securities laws. Pascale graduated with a BS in psychology from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School.