Chief Legal Officer & Head of Global Legal
Sheldon Francis is Barings’ Chief Legal Officer and Head of Global Legal. He is responsible for the general legal affairs of the company and manages the legal teams supporting the firm’s Structured Finance, Distressed, High Yield and Private Finance investment groups. Prior to his current role, he served as an Assistant General Counsel and lead in-house attorney for Babson Capital Management’s U.S. Bank Loan, High Yield and Distressed Investments groups. Sheldon has 14 years of legal experience, encompassing all aspects of the investment management industry, corporate finance and corporate restructurings. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he was a member of Helms Mulliss and Wicker (n/k/a McGuire Woods), and began his legal career as an associate at Bass, Berry and Sims PLC. Sheldon holds a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.