Vontobel has expanded its fixed income team with four seasoned new hires in Zurich and New York. The appointments reinforce the firm’s commitment to attracting the best investment talent to drive value for investors. The latest appointments follow a further four new hires in January across both its Zurich and Hong Kong offices.
Marc van Heems has joined as Portfolio Manager for the Global Corporate Bond strategy in Zurich. He joins Vontobel from Lombard Odier Investment Management, where he was a portfolio manager for European and Emerging Markets Credit, responsible for active implementation of trades in Investment Grade and BB-rated bonds, including senior and subordinated cash bonds and credit default swaps. As a credit analyst, he covered non-financial sectors in developed markets and Asia, including Autos/Parts Suppliers, Defense/Aerospace, Capital Goods, China Real Estate, Indian Renewables and Energy.
Pamela Gelles has joined the New York office as Senior Credit Analyst on the Developed Market Corporate Bonds team Pamela joins Vontobel after eight years at BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she was a credit analyst following both investment grade and high yield companies within the consumer products, retail, hospitality and transportation sectors, and where she co-created and implemented an ESG methodology for the company’s credit analysis. Prior to that, Pamela covered various industry sectors, including healthcare and utilities, at BNY Mellon Asset Management, Foresters Financial, NLI International and The Carlyle Group. Before that, she spent 12 years as a ratings analyst at Standard & Poor’s.
Jean-Michel Manry has joined as Head of Fixed Income Trading in Zurich. Jean-Michel is a seasoned Operations and Trading Manager with expertise in derivatives, fixed income and forex. Jean-Michel joins from Rama Capital, a Geneva-based family office where he was an Operational and Trading Advisor. Prior to that, Jean-Michel spent 18 years at Pictet Asset Management, where he was Head of Fixed Income Trading and later became Head of Buy-side Trading for Multi-Asset strategies.
Nicolas Hauser has joined as Fixed Income Trader in Zurich. Nicolas joins from Fisch Asset Management, where he was responsible for trading and execution of corporate bonds and convertible bonds, as well as FX and futures. His expertise also includes futures trading for CTA managed futures accounts and interest rate risk hedging.
“These hires reflect the continued growth of, and investment into, our global fixed income offering at Vontobel, said Simon Lue-Fong, Head of Fixed Income. “The volatility in markets over the last few months has demonstrated the importance of a truly active approach and the value of our high conviction active management style. Marc and Pamela will play key roles in helping to deliver value for our clients, and the knowledge and insight they provide will be instrumental in supporting the rest of the team.”
Vontobel has been offering fixed income solutions since 1988. Its Fixed Income Boutique manages CHF 24bn in client assets across Global Credit, Global Bonds, Emerging Markets and Flexible Strategies. The Fixed Income team consists of 41 investment professionals located in Zurich, New York and Hong Kong.