Threadneedle names fixed income hires following restructuring

Global asset managers Threadneedle has grown its fixed income team with two new hires, following the recent restructuring of the team, which now comprises 42 investment professionals across emerging and developed markets.

Clifford Lau joins Threadneedle in the newly created role of head of Asia Pacific fixed income, and will be based in Singapore. Zara Kazaryan joins as fund manager, emerging markets debt (EMD) in London. T

Lau joins Threadneedle from Pramerica Fixed Income, the asset management division of Prudential Financial. Kazaryan joins from G2 Capital Partners LLP (formerly known as Alcantara Asset Management LLP), the emerging markets debt specialist asset manager, where she was most recently portfolio manager for a long-only emerging markets fixed income fund.

Jim Cielinski, head of fixed Income at Threadneedle, said: “Threadneedle recently announced changes to the structure of its Fixed Income capability to enhance collaboration and integration across the fixed income platform and to better respond to changing market dynamics. The restructure included the establishment of a Global Macroeconomic Strategy Group to better integrate macroeconomic strategies across developed and emerging markets, consistent with the company’s view that traditional fixed income boundaries are increasingly less relevant.

“Our new approach acknowledges the seismic shift in fixed income markets that has been experienced post the credit crunch, a theme I have discussed extensively with clients over the past year. The new structure recognises that markets are continuing to evolve and it better enables us, as investors, to respond to client needs and to deliver sustainable long-term returns. It is also consistent with Threadneedle’s collaborative investment approach and enables us to fully leverage insights gained from our culture of idea sharing and debate,” Cielinski said.

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