Last updated: 15:42 / Friday, 17 October 2014
Aubourg and Descoqs

Alken Adds Two Specialists to Investment Team

Alken Adds Two Specialists to Investment Team

European equity specialist Alken Asset Management has added two experienced analysts to its highly regarded investment team.

Alken founder Nicolas Walewski says the addition of Michael Aubourg and Nicolas Descoqs further reinforces Alken’s long standing commitment to client service and delivering outsized alpha for investors.

Aubourg – an analyst in the food, beverages, tobacco and household & personal care industries – joins from Credit Suisse in Paris, where he was an associate in the group’s French investment banking division.

Before Credit Suisse, Aubourg spent three years at Lazard in the M&A and restructuring teams. He started his career in the research department of the IMF in Washington DC, assisting economists with quantitative models and econometric analysis. Aubourg holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, as well as an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Descoqs – an analyst in the oil & gas, metals & mining, and aerospace & defence industries – joins from exploration and production giant ConocoPhillips, where he started his career in 2005.

At ConocoPhillips, Descoqs worked on a number of high level assets across the world. He began as a drilling and completions engineer in Norwegian and Chinese offshore oilfields, before becoming a project engineer in Houston. Descoqs holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in France, as well as Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Norway’s NTNU University.

“It has been always been our plan to continue investing in and reinforcing our research capability,” Walewski says.

“The insights of our trusted analysts have played a pivotal part of the outperformance Alken has delivered for investors. The addition of Michael and Nicolas further strengthens our investment proposition.”