Corporate debt specialist Muzinich & Co is to launch two new funds to be managed by Torben Ronberg, Stuart Fuller, Sam McGairl and Alex Woolrich, the loans team who recently joined from ECM Asset Management Limited, a Wells Fargo Asset Management company.
Ronberg and his team, who took up their posts this week, will now prioritise the launch of a new European senior secured loans vehicle, the Muzinich European Loans Fund. They are also putting the foundations in place for the launch of a multi-asset vehicle, the Muzinich Senior Secured Fund, which will have a broader investment mandate. This vehicle will primarily invest in senior secured loans and senior secured high yield bonds, combining the core strengths of the joining team with that of the established team at Muzinich.
Both funds will sit under Muzinich’s Irish-domiciled ICAV, which has been established as a Qualified Alternative Investment Fund. They will be aimed primarily at pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors.
George Muzinich, founder and Chairman of Muzinich, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Torben and his team, who have worked together for over a decade and established an outstanding reputation in the industry.”
Ronberg said: “We have built a 10-year benchmark-beating track record, delivering strong single-digit annualised returns through senior secured loan strategies. We’re confident that this asset class can continue to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns. We believe there’s growing interest in senior secured loans from pension funds and other institutional investors. Senior secured loans offer attractive all-in floating rate returns, so they provide some protection against interest rate rises."