JP Morgan Adds to Emerging Market Debt Team
Emerging Markets Debt team hires three senior portfolio managers.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management expands its Emerging Markets Debt team with the hiring of three senior portfolio managers.
Didier Lambert, Alain Defise and Michal Wozniak have joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management bringing with them an average of 15 years experience in emerging market debt.
The enhancement of the Emerging Market Debt team follows a strategy by the Group to build a market leading fixed income team globally. In the last twelve months, Bob Michele has joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management as Global Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income and has since made a series of hires across fixed income including Pierre-Yves Bareau as Head of Emerging Market Debt, who joined from Fortis in October 2009.
Commenting on the enhancement of the emerging market debt team Bob Michele said, “These new hires continue to demonstrate our commitment to developing a leading global fixed income offering. We believe emerging market debt holds tremendous opportunity for global fixed income clients and have modified the structure of the team and centralised the global coordination of our effort in London to capitalise upon this.”
Michal Wozniak, Didier Lambert and Alain Defise will be located in London and will report into Bob Michele.
Didier Lambert, Vice President, is a senior portfolio manager within the Emerging Markets Debt team. In this role, Didier is responsible for identifying, implementing and managing local market investments (rates and foreign exchange) across client portfolios. Prior to joining the firm in October 2009, Didier was at Fortis Investments for 10 years, initially serving as a fixed income analyst contributing to security selection and later as a senior portfolio manager and deputy chief investment officer within Emerging Markets Fixed Income.
During his time at Fortis, Didier specialized in local market investments, overseeing portfolio exposures and monitoring risk across the funds. Previously, Didier held quantitative roles at Overlay Asset Management (France) and ABF Capital Management (France). Didier holds a master’s degree in econometrics from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne for which he spent a year at the University of Warwick; a postgraduate degree in finance from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne; and a postmaster degree in statistics and financial modeling from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Activite Economique (ENSAE). He is also a CFA charterholder.
Alain Defise, Vice President, is a senior portfolio manager within the Emerging Markets Debt team. In this role, Alain is responsible for identifying credit opportunities and managing corporate exposures in emerging market portfolios. Prior to joining the firm in October 2009, Alain spent nine years at Fortis Investments, holding various corporate credit roles in London, Paris and Brussels.
Most recently, Alain served as a senior portfolio manager within Emerging Markets Fixed Income, managing corporate allocations across a range of emerging market bond funds. Before this, he worked as a senior credit analyst, focusing on the high yield market, and as a credit analyst, specializing in investment grade corporate debt. Previously, Alain spent four years as a financial control analyst at Citigroup (Brussels). Alain holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the Ecole de Commerce Solvay (Belgium) and a diploma in finance analysis from the European Federation of Financial Analysts (EFFAS).
Michal Wozniak, Vice President, is a senior portfolio manager within the Emerging Markets Debt team. In this role, Michal is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, implementing trade ideas and managing portfolio exposures. Prior to joining the firm in October 2009, Michal was a senior fund manager at Fortis Investments for two years. During his time there, Michal managed regional funds invested in Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey) and co-managed global emerging markets debt funds.
Before that, Michal was at Credit Suisse Asset Management (Poland) for five years, initially serving as a fund manager and later as the head of fixed income. Michal began his career at ABN AMRO Asset Management (Poland) in 2002 and spent two years there working as an equity analyst. Michal holds a master’s degree in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also a CFA charterholder, a licensed investment advisor and licensed securities broker.