Our experienced team has executed and managed a number of CLOs
Chief Investment Officer
Alex Jackson is Nassau Corporate Credit’s Chief Investment Officer. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1990 and is focused on building a product suite that includes CLO management and other forms of bank loan investment portfolios. Mr. Jackson has expertise in CLO management, structured finance and high yield debt investment. He is also head of both the US and UK Credit Committees for NCC. Prior to joining Nassau Corporate Credit, Mr. Jackson headed Insight Investments’ Bank Loans Team in affiliation with Cutwater Asset Management (“Cutwater”) and BNY Mellon. Prior to joining Cutwater in 2013, Mr. Jackson was Deputy Chief Investment Officer at CIFC Asset Management. He also previously served as a portfolio manager at J.H. Whitney & Company. Mr. Jackson began his career originating and structuring non-investment grade corporate loans at financial institutions including ING and National Westminster Bank. He received his formal credit training at Comerica Bank and earned a BA in European History from Vanderbilt University, a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Vietor is a Portfolio Manager for NCC’s CLOs and a member of NCC’s US Credit Committee. Mr. Vietor has over 22 years of leveraged lending experience and significant experience in CLO execution and management. Prior to joining Nassau Corporate Credit, Mr. Vietor spent eight years at Alcentra as a Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager within the U.S. credit team covering Sub Investment Grade Fixed Income investments in the Cable and Telecommunication sectors while also having responsibilities for U.S. CLO portfolio construction, monitoring and surveillance. Prior to joining Alcentra, Mr. Vietor spent over two years as a Senior Analyst for Hamilton Loan Asset Management covering the Technology, Media, Telecom and Entertainment industries. Prior to joining Hamilton Loan Asset Management, Mr. Vietor worked as a Vice President for the Bank of New York Mellon’s Media Banking Division developing lending relationships with companies in the Publishing, Broadcasting, Theatre, Cable and Internet sectors, with a primary focus on leveraged transactions. He received his formal credit training at the Bank of New York Mellon and earned a dual BA in Economics and History from Connecticut College.
Chris LaJaunie, CFA
Head of Credit Research
Chris LaJaunie, CFA heads NCC’s Credit Research effort and is a member of the US Credit Committee. Chris covers Energy, Oil and Gas, and Utilities. He brings over 23 years of investing experience to the team, most recently as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for Global Equities for Shelton Capital, and Senior Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Rivington/WHV Investments. He was also co-lead portfolio manager and analyst of four investment strategies at Victory Capital: Victory International Fund, International Select, Global Select, and Global Select Long/Short. Before Victory, Mr. LaJaunie was a lead analyst at Deutsche Asset Management on the DWS International and DWS International Select Equity investment strategies, and Portfolio Manager of a global long/short global resources and commodities portfolio at Morgan Stanley Capital Strategies. He was a senior analyst on the Emerging Markets Absolute Return Equities team at Oaktree Capital, and also worked with the Distressed Debt team on US utility restructurings. He earned an MFA in English and Literature from Louisiana State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Rich Moskowitz is a member of the NCC US Credit Committee who covers investments in the Healthcare and Technology sectors. He brings over 15 years of relevant experience, most recently as a research analyst at York Capital Management where he covered investments in the Healthcare and TMT sectors for their CLO portfolios. Prior to York Capital Management, Mr. Moskowitz was a research analyst at CIFC where he was responsible for investments in leveraged loans across the Cable, Telecommunications, Printing, and Homebuilding sectors. Mr. Moskowitz also worked as a CLO analyst at CIFC, responsible for Indenture review, portfolio analytics, and CLO reporting. He began his career in the Structured Finance Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Moskowitz earned a BS in Management from Binghamton University.
Head of Restructuring, Senior Analyst
Ari Bruger heads our credit restructuring and recovery efforts across all sectors, working with the rest of the credit team to estimate and maximize recovery. He is also a member of the US Credit Committee. In addition, he covers investments in the Business Services, Insurance Brokers & Financials, and Hotel, Entertainment, and Leisure sectors. Mr. Bruger brings over 21 years of relevant experience most recently as a leveraged finance investment banker at Société Générale. Prior to Société Générale, Mr. Bruger held roles in leveraged finance banking at HSBC and Credit Suisse and prior to that was a CLO analyst for Hillmark Capital covering the Industrial, Power, Automotive, Aerospace, Transportation & Healthcare sectors. Mr. Bruger also has experience in distressed credit from his time at Schultze Asset Management. Mr. Bruger earned a BS in Finance from the Sy Syms Schools of Business at Yeshiva University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Emmy Cheung is a Senior Analyst on the Nassau Corporate Credit investment team, covering investments in the transportation, insurance and metal and mining sectors. She brings 19 years of relevant experience, most recently with Fitch Ratings Inc. Prior to Fitch, Ms. Cheung underwrote leveraged loans at Ares Management LLC, Golub Capital and CIFC Asset Management Ms. Cheung began her career in the investment banking division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. She earned a B.B.A. from Pace University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.
Julie Shattuck covers investments in the Consumer Goods, Services, and Retail sectors. She brings over 19 years of relevant experience, most recently as a Vice President and Senior Research Analyst for high yield investments at State Street Global Advisors, covering consumer and industrial sectors. Prior to State Street Global Advisors, Ms. Shattuck was at GE Asset Management for 14 years in various roles, most recently as a Senior Research Analyst for high yield investments. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Analyst in Structured Products and CLO investments. Ms. Shattuck earned a BS in Business Administration from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Svetlana Ayrapetyants covers investments in the Building Products, Containers & Packaging, and Machinery sectors while also providing analytical support across all sectors to the Senior Analysts. She has over eight years of relevant experience, most recently as a Credit Analyst Co-op at CIFC. Prior to CIFC, Ms. Ayrapetyants spent five years at Ernst & Young, where she rose to the position of Senior Auditor. She earned an MBA with a concentration in Investment Finance from Northeastern University and a BS (Honors) in Economics from the University of Westminster.
Christopher Hagens covers investments in the Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services and Media sectors. He has over nine years of relevant experience in the industry and previously worked as a Credit Analyst at Insight Investment (neé Cutwater Asset Management). He earned a BA in Economics (Honors) at the State University of New York at Albany and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
James Uko, CFA
James Uko, CFA covers investments in the Chemicals, Food Products, and Other sectors while also providing analytic support across all sectors to the Senior Analysts. Mr. Uko was previously at Standard & Poor’s, where he was a Ratings Associate covering the Healthcare sector. He earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Carnegie Mellon University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Taylor VanFleet covers Hardware Technology, Environmental Industries, and some Business Services for Nassau, and also provides analytical support across all sectors for the Senior Analysts. Miss VanFleet was previously at Moody’s, where she was an Associate Analyst covering the chemicals sector. She earned a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut and is a Level 3 candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Andrew Wood covers Aerospace & Defense, Telecom and Cable, as well as providing analytical support across all sectors for the Senior Analysts. Mr. Wood was previously at Two Roads Brewing Co., a highly successful microbrewery where he worked in Business Operations and Accounting. He earned a BS in Finance from the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
Head of Trading
Rob Lambert is a Director and Head of Trading for Nassau Corporate Credit. Mr. Lambert was previously Chief Investment Officer for Endeavor Plus, Inc., a start-up insurance company. Prior to Endeavor, he was a Partner, Member of the Investment Committee and Head of Developed Market for BTG Pactual Asset Management and, before that, Principal and Senior Vice President at Harbinger Capital Partners, where he functioned as the head trader, launched and managed a $1bn long/short credit hedge fund, was actively engaged in product development and restructurings in the telecommunications sector. Mr. Lambert also has prior experience as a senior high yield bond trader with institutions such as RBC Capital Markets, BNP Paribas Securities, Societe Generale and Chase Securities. He began his professional career at Bankers Trust Company in the Merchant Banking Group. Mr. Lambert earned a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and graduated from the BTG Executive Leadership Series course at Harvard Business School.
Director of Reporting & Analytics
David Chow is the Nassau Corporate Credit Director of Reporting & Analytics, responsible for managing indenture compliance, reporting and portfolio analytics. Mr. Chow brings 12 years of related experience to the role. Prior to joining Nassau Corporate Credit, Mr. Chow spent four years as an Assistant Vice President and the Reporting Manager for the Bank Loan Group at Cutwater. Prior to Cutwater, Mr. Chow worked in the CLO group at Apollo Global Management (co-sourced with Gravitas Technology) where he was responsible for operations and compliance on both traditional and market value CLOs. Before Apollo Global Management, Mr. Chow worked with Alex Jackson at CIFC Asset Management. as a CLO fund analyst. Prior to CIFC, he was a structured finance analyst at U.S. Bank. Mr. Chow earned a B.S. in Business Administration (BSBA) from the Boston University School of Management.
Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary
John Roth is the Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary for Nassau Corporate Credit. Prior to joining Nassau Re (the parent of Nassau Corporate Credit) in January 2017, Mr. Roth was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Venor Capital Management LP. Prior to Venor, he was Vice President and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, and an Assistant General Counsel to Harbert Management Corporation, a multi-strategy investment firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Roth earned a B.S. in Finance from Auburn University, M.A. in Banking & Finance from the University of Alabama, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, and LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Roth is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Alabama.
Portfolio Manager, NCC UK
Paul Meloche, Managing Director, focuses on building NCC’s capabilities to act as an issuer and manager of CLOs in Europe and as an investor in the securities issued by third-party European CLO managers. A focused portfolio manager with over 14 years’ experience in the European CLO industry, Mr. Meloche previously served as Portfolio Manager – Euro CLO Trading/CLO Issuance for Ellington Management Group. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of positions including structured credit investing at West Face Capital Inc., as well as roles in CLO structuring at Barclays Capital and Banc of America Securities.
Portfolio Manager, NCC UK
Hekeani Mathieu, Director, plays a leading role in building out NCC’s capabilities as a portfolio manager of NCC UK CLOs, as well as other forms of high yield corporate credit funds in Europe. She is also member of NCC's UK Credit Committee. An experienced investment professional across private and public credit, Ms. Mathieu previously served as a Portfolio Manager for Ellington Management Group, focused on leveraged loans and high yield bonds. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of credit investment and analyst positions at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Haymarket Financial.
John ("Jack") Hale, CFA
Credit Analyst, NCC UK
Jack Hale covers investments in the Technology, Financial Services and Professional Services sectors. Jack has over eight years of relevant experience, most recently working with Alex Jackson and Chris Hagens as a credit analyst at Insight Investment (neé Cutwater Asset Management). Prior to joining Cutwater’s bank loan team in 2014, Jack spent three years analyzing CLOs and CDOs within Cutwater’s Portfolio Management group. He earned a BA with a major in Psychology at Georgetown University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. As of the beginning of 2021, Jack has relocated to NCC’s London office to provide credit analytical support to the NCC UK business. He is also a member of the UK Credit Committee.