Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Man Numeric, the fundamentally driven quant arm of hedge fund powerhouse Man Group, has appointed Paul Kamenski and Robert Lam as co-heads of credit as part of the firm’s ambition to provide quantitative-based vehicles in the fixed-income space. The duo will lead the ongoing development and portfolio management of the quant arm’s credit strategies.
Paul Kamenski joined Man Numeric as a portfolio analyst in 2012 and had served as the senior quantitative researcher in the quant arm’s strategic alpha research group prior to embarking on the new role. Robert Lam, meanwhile, joined Man Numeric from alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management, where he led quantitative research and data science for the firm’s liquid opportunistic credit platform. Lam previously worked as a credit portfolio manager at Incapture Investments, where he focused on quantitative systematic credit strategies across the investment-grade and high-yield segments of fixed-income markets.
Before Man Group acquired Numeric in September 2014, the then privately-owned equity quantitative manager had around $15 billion in assets under management. Man Numeric has grown to manage $32.6 billion by mid-2018 under the umbrella of the British hedge fund firm. Man Numeric’s expansion into the fixed-income space leverages on a combination between the firm’s three decades of experience in quantitative equity investing and the broader group’s expertise in credit investing.
“We are very excited to officially launch Man Numeric’s credit business, which is the product of an ongoing research effort by our Strategic Alpha Research group. Paul is well positioned to co-lead credit given his significant role developing this effort, and Robert undeniably brings valuable experience in working with alternative data sets and developing quantitative credit models,” says Shanta Puchtler, the President and CEO of Man Numeric. “Man Numeric has always been focused on systematic, fundamentally-driven security selection and portfolio construction, and we believe our quantitative, bottom-up investment approach is well suited for application to the fixed income market,” he adds.