BlueBay Asset Management has appointed Mihai Florian in a newly created role as senior portfolio manager, to further develop BlueBay's emerging market debt (EM) illiquid corporate credit strategies.
Based in London, Florian reports to Polina Kurdyavko, head of Emerging Markets and will be responsible for developing BlueBay's capabilities in illiquid emerging market corporate credit through co-investment opportunities and new closed-ended investment strategies.
Before joining BlueBay, Mihai was a founding partner for the credit strategies at Helios Investment Partners, an EM private markets investment manager. Prior to this, he was head of Structuring for Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities for EM at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, following the role of head of EM Structuring and Solutions at JPMorgan Securities. Mihai has also held roles at Merrill Lynch International and Citigroup.
In addition to Mihai's appointment, the EM team has been investing in new talent. Recent external senior hires include corporate analysts, Matias Vammalle, formerly at Argo Capital, and Vishal Iyer, formerly at JP Morgan.