Keith Barnish, a loan market pioneer, died on April 20 at the age of 58. Over his distinguished, 30-plus-year career, Barnish held senior positions at Toronto-Dominion Bank, Security Pacific Bank, Bank of America, and Bear Stearns, where he held the title of Co-head of Global Acquisition Finance and Financial Sponsors. Most recently, Keith was Senior Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Asset Management at Doral Financial Corp.
Over his long tenure in the loan market, Barnish was a mentor and great friend to legions of leveraged finance and capital markets professionals, many of whom credit him with being an original thinker who played an important role in propelling a nascent loan syndications business to the global investment capital market that it is today.
Barnish is survived by his loving wife, Joyce White Barnish, and their beloved children, Ashley, Keith, and Justin. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Delbarton School, for the renovation of Old Main, 230 Mendham Rd., Morristown, N.J., 07960.