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Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 16, 2021
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On and effective as of December 16, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (the “Company”), increased the size of the Board from seven to eight members and appointed Rebecca J. Parekh as an independent Class I director to fill the vacancy created by such increase. The initial term of Ms. Parekh, as a Class I director, will expire at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders of the Company. The Board has determined that Ms. Parekh is “independent” within the meaning of the independence standards of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. As an independent director, Ms. Parekh will receive the same compensation as provided to the Company’s other independent directors, as described in detail in the Company’s other filings with the SEC.

Ms. Parekh, 43, has been the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for The Well since 2016. From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Parekh served in various executive positions within other health and wellness organizations. Prior to transitioning to the health and wellness sector, she was Head of the US Private Institutional Client Group and Head of Cross Product Sales for Deutsche Bank. While at Deutsche Bank for over ten years, Ms. Parekh served in various other roles and focused primarily on structured credit. In addition, she served on Deutsche Bank’s Steering Committee for its Women’s Network. Ms. Parekh is currently an Advisor to the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Entrepreneurship Program and sits on the board of several social impact companies and non-profit foundations. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Ms. Parekh’s significant experience in business building, strategic thinking and cultural leadership, as well as her experience in the banking and client services industries will provide the Board with valuable knowledge, insight and perspective.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Parekh and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Parekh was selected as a director of the Company. There are no related person transactions (within the meaning of Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC) between Ms. Parekh and the Company.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On December 16, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Rebecca J. Parekh as an independent Class I director of the Company. The text of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.

The information disclosed under this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1 hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing made under the Securities Act of 1933, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)          Exhibits:
Exhibit Number   Description
Press release dated December 16, 2021
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 16, 2021 By: /s/ Anton Feingold
  Name: Anton Feingold
  Title: General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary

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