TCW Direct Lending VII

Filed: 13 Jul 20, 11:44am



Washington, D.C. 20549






Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 8, 2020



TCW Direct Lending VII LLC

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware 814-01246 82-2252672

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

200 Clarendon Street, 51st Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 936-2275

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 8.01 Other Events.

TCW Asset Management Company LLC (the “Adviser”), the investment adviser to TCW Direct Lending VII LLC (the “Company”), is investigating and working to resolve a cybersecurity incident that has affected it and its affiliated parent company and related investment advisers (collectively with the Adviser, “TCW”). As part of this investigation, TCW has engaged third-party cybersecurity experts and law enforcement to address the incident. TCW has implemented a series of containment and remediation measures to resolve this issue.

The incident did impact some of TCW’s computer systems, but the Adviser so far has been able to maintain its critical business activities, including trading and portfolio management for the Company.

TCW currently does not believe that the Company has been materially affected by this incident. All assets of the Company are held with its third-party bank custodian. That custodian was not affected by this incident.

TCW takes the security of client and investor data extremely seriously and regularly reviews its systems to protect them against these types of incidents. TCW’s investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that further unexpected problems may be discovered. However, TCW does not have indications at this stage that Company or investor data was stolen.

We know how important your trust is in TCW, and TCW is taking steps to further enhance its security program to help prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.


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.



/s/ James G. Krause

   Name: James G. Krause
   Title:   Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President