AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has announced the appointment of of Sailesh Lad and Olga Fedotova to the London-based fixed income emerging markets team.
Lad joins from Ignis Asset Management where he was an emerging markets debt fund manager with responsibility for managing both the external and local currency debt positions within the team’s portfolios.
Fedotova has been appointed head of Emerging Market Credit and joins AXA IM in August. She joins from UniCredit where she managed a team of credit analysts covering emerging market corporate and financial issuers from 2012.
In addition, AXA IM decided to merge its emerging markets debt teams based in London and Paris with the Asian fixed income team based in Hong Kong to create a global emerging markets (GEM) fixed income team comprised of six portfolio managers, two credit analysts and one research assistant. The team is supported by two portfolio engineers, four fixed income traders specialising in emerging market debt and two emerging market economists.
John Porter, global head of Fixed Income and Structured Finance at AXA IM, comments on the changes: “The creation of a global emerging markets debt team combining our teams from Hong Kong, Paris and London recognises the increasing attractiveness of this asset class and our belief that investors will continue to increase their weightings towards emerging market debt. We are committed to the continued growth of this team and believe that AXA IM has the resources, experience and solid investment process to be a strong partner for our clients in this asset class.”