Aviva Investors continues to build credit capability with new research hire
8 December 2009
(London) Aviva Investors continues to build its credit capability and expertise with the appointment of Paarus Shah as Credit Analyst.
Paarus will report to Tim Barker, Head of Credit Research at Aviva Investors, and will be responsible for providing research on debt security investments - with a sector-specific focus on insurers and non-bank financial companies. He joins from M&G Investment Managers, where he was Director, Financial Institutions.
Paarus is the fourth hire in Aviva Investors credit team in recent months, as the firm looks to bolster and develop its 20-person strong credit capability under the leadership of Mark Wauton, who joined Aviva Investors in April 2009. Other key appointments in the team this year include: Simon Blundell as Senior Portfolio Manager and Dinesh Pawar as Head of Flow Trading.
Tim Barker said: “Paarus brings detailed knowledge of credit markets and proven analytical experience to the team. He will play a key role in providing value-added recommendations to our fund managers on debt security investments. While Paarus has particular experience in analysing UK, European and US insurance companies, he also has a thorough understanding of the broader financials market, making him a strong and complementary fit to our already significant credit research capabilities.”
Further commenting, Mark Wauton said: “Growing our credit capability remains a key priority for Aviva Investors. While opportunities in the credit sector are significant, generating outperformance is likely to become more challenging, and we are determined to have a first-class research team that can add significant value to our investment decision making process through robust and fundamental analysis.”
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