Union Investment appoints fixed income head

Ridhima Sharma
Union Investment appoints fixed income head

Union Investment announced the appointment of Christian Kopf as head of Fixed Income Fund Management with effect from 1 September 2017. Kopf succeeds Frank Engels, who became head of Multi Asset Portfolio Management at the start of this year.

“We have recruited a highly experienced person as Head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange. Christian Kopf’s in-depth macro-strategy expertise, international reputation and excellent network will further strengthen our already outstanding position in the fixed income market segment,” says Björn Jesch, head of Portfolio Management at Union Investment.

Kopf will assume responsibility for the 53 employees currently working in fixed income management and for assets of around €62bn. He will report directly to Björn Jesch and be a member of the Union Investment Committee.

Christian Kopf’s most recent role was as a partner at Spinnaker Capital in London, an investment management company specialising in investments in emerging markets. After joining in 2006, he was initially responsible for global economic analysis and the investment strategy for emerging markets bonds. In 2012, he was made a partner in the company and head of the global investment committee. He held joint responsibility for the macro segment, which covers investments in government bonds, interest-rate products and foreign exchange, and was fund manager of the Spinnaker Emerging Markets Macro Fund. Before moving to London, Kopf had spent seven years at DWS Investments in Frankfurt, where he was responsible for the global emerging markets fixed income unit.

Kopf has a degree in economics and is a CFA charterholder. Besides his extensive experience and expertise as a macro-strategist and in fixed income and foreign exchange management, he has established an excellent network of contacts in major institutions, including the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.