Head of Private Wealth Solutions for Kennedy Lewis Investment Management and President of Kennedy Lewis Capital Company (KLCC)
James Didden is Head of Private Wealth Solutions for Kennedy Lewis Investment Management and President of Kennedy Lewis Capital Company (KLCC). He also serves as a member and Chairperson of the KLCC Board. For most of his career, Mr. Didden has been a senior executive in the leveraged finance industry. Previously, he was an original partner of GSO Capital Partners (GSO) upon its founding. Subsequently, he became a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone upon its acquisition of GSO. While at Blackstone/GSO, Mr. Didden held several senior positions. Initially, he helped run its liquid credit strategies business as Head Trader and a Portfolio Manager. During this period, he was also involved in the formation of its private lending business and sat on several investment committees. Later, he was Co-Head of Customized Credit Strategies (CCS), which was Blackstone/GSO’s senior loan business. As Co-Head of CCS, Mr. Didden sat on several investment committees and spent significant time on product development and capital raising as part of Blackstone/GSO’s efforts in the private wealth channel. Before joining Blackstone/GSO, Mr. Didden was a Managing Director in High Yield Sales & Trading at Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he was a partner at J. & W. Seligman & Co., serving as a Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for the firm’s multibillion dollar High Yield portfolio. Prior to starting his investment management career, Mr. Didden was a tax lawyer at Kelley Drye & Warren in New York City.
Mr. Didden actively supports charitable causes in his community and various academic institutions.
Mr. Didden received a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D. with honors from American University Law School and a Masters in Tax Law from New York University Law School. He was formerly a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.