The drive to push environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing into the mainstream has dominated the asset-management industry in recent years. While the discussion on ESG in many asset classes is well progressed, to date there has been less focus on ESG in asset-backed securities (ABS). Beyond looking at the explicit environmental elements of green ABS, there has been little emphasis on assessing the social and governance factors within securitisation.
In this issue of Spectrum, we consider all three axes of ESG analysis in the ABS space.
Andrew joined in April 2018 and has 20 years’ experience working in financial services, of which 15 years has been in managing structured finance as a portfolio manager. In his role, he is responsible for structured credit investments across multi-asset credit portfolios. Since joining, he has built an investment process for structured credit that integrates an ESG focus in every investment decision and has worked with external parties, including rating agencies, on furthering ESG in the asset class. Prior to joining, Andrew was most recently the lead portfolio manager for European ABS at BlackRock, where he grew the business by over $1bn to manage more than $5bn of investment-grade and sub investment-grade assets across portfolios, including multi-asset fixed income products, for a wide range of institutional clients, including global insurance companies and pension funds. Prior to BlackRock, Andrew was the lead portfolio manager for ABS at ECM (European Credit Management, now part of Wells Fargo Asset Management) where he managed a team of specialists managing dedicated structured credit funds and allocations within wider multi-asset credit funds. Andrew started his career in financial services at Goldman Sachs in London where he worked alongside the European and emerging markets equities trading desks. He holds an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University.
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