JP Morgan recruits six investment specialists for global fixed income team

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has hired six investment specialists to expand its current 18-strong global fixed income, currency and commodities (GFICC) division.¹

Karine Mercado takes the position of Lead Investment Specialist for Core Fixed Income Strategies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She will be responsible for JPMAM’s global government and aggregate capabilities.

Mercado joins from German chemical company BASF where she was involved with the credit sleeve agreements for the company’s North American and German pension plans.

Based in London, she will start immediately, reporting to Travis Spence, Head of Fixed Income Investment Specialist team for EMEA.

Other new recruits to Travis’s team include Rohan Duggal and Claire Cullen. They will occupy the roles of Lead Investment Specialists in EMEA for high yield strategies and global credit strategies respectively.

Duggal joins from Blue Mountain Capital Partners where he was a Senior Portfolio Specialist and Client Adviser. Prior to this he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co for more than 10 years. Duggal will be responsible for JPMAM’s range of global high yield, distressed debt and leveraged loan strategies for clients across EMEA as part of his new role.

Meanwhile Cullen will focus on JPMAM’s capabilities across investment grade and flexible global credit. An employee of JPMAM since 2008 she joins the team internally, previously holding the role of Chief Finance Officer for the company’s GFICC business.

Other new recruits include emerging market debt specialist, Giles Bedford, as well as Liam Moore and Wei Chu, who will be responsible for JPMAM’s Unconstrained and Insurance Fixed Income strategies respectively.

Commenting on the appointments, Travis Spence said: “Global fixed income markets are in a period of unprecedented change with shifts in monetary policy, rising interest rates and late cycle behaviour emerging in the credit cycle.

“These inflection points require talented investment professionals to help clients navigate the increasingly complex nature of markets and advise them on the fixed income investment solutions best suited to their individual needs.

“We are expanding our resources to meet this demand and are very pleased to have Karine, Rohan, Claire, Giles, Liam and Wei join our now 18-strong fixed income investment specialist team servicing clients across this region.”

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