• Rothschild Credit Management (RCM) manages secured, sub-investment grade credit across a range of European and North American funds and investment mandates.

  • Independent teams in both Europe and North America actively manage diverse portfolios of par assets, focussing on the larger global issuers of secured credit.  

    RCM manages three distinct strategies, each focussed on the active management of diverse portfolios of performing credit.

    • Oberon Strategy
    • Elsinore Strategy
    • Europe: Contego
    • North America: Ocean Trails
  • Our teams are differentiated by their consistent outperformance of key indices, achieving strong investment returns through a combination of:

    • Deep fundamental credit analysis
    • A proven and long-established investment process
    • Senior and experienced teams of analysts
    • Continually drawing on the Rothschild & Co group's global platform of leading sector analysts to further inform our investment process and portfolio management
    • Pro-active management of all portfolios, to maintain credit quality and to optimise relative value

     

     

  • Our investment strategy

    Experienced, sector-focused analysts applying fundamental credit analysis to construct portfolios of performing credits. 

    RCM invests in the secured credits of the largest sub-investment grade issuers across Europe and North America.

    The end borrowers are significant businesses characterised by:

    • Predictable levels of surplus cash generation and low exposure to economic cycles
    • High barriers to entry/defendable market positions
    • Substantial levels of asset cover
    • Strong loan documentation and access to regular and comprehensive financial information and liquidity in the underlying debt to facilitate active portfolio management

    Our proven investment process requires our analysts to continually assess their credit portfolios to preserve capital and ensure we optimise available returns.

     

  • Our approach

    With a prime focus on capital preservation, our conservative management style looks to deliver consistent above market returns through superior asset selection and diligent portfolio monitoring to identify and exit at the first signs of credit weakness.

    We operate well-diversified credit portfolios. Individual investments are typically 1%-3% of each fund.

    We maintain a low ratio of credits per analyst to facilitate in depth analysis and real-time monitoring.

    Rothschild & Co invests directly across RCM's various credit funds, creating a clear alignment of interest between the manager and the underlying fund investors.

  • Our team

  • Tim Ayles

    Head of Credit Research

    Cristina Barone

    Principal – Portfolio Management

    Bradley Bryan

    Director

    Michael Clancy

    Global Head of RCM

    David Findlay

    Investment Analyst - Operations

    Benoît Gouilhers

    Investment Analyst – Operations

    Nilesh Halaria

    Investment Manager – Portfolio Management

    Michael Hatley

    Managing Director

    Aisha Jones

    Senior Associate

    Debra Lewis

    Consultant

    Cynthia Lopez

    Senior Associate

    Ashwin Nair

    Investment Analyst – Operations

    Kris Norman

    Principal – Credit Research

    Vishal Patel

    Investment Manager – Operations

    Pramal Patel

    Chief Operating Officer

    Chloe Qiao

    Principal – Credit Research

    Javier Quintas

    Investment Associate – Credit Research

    Dennis Rhee

    Managing Director

    Helen Rhee

    Director

    Ben Rothberg

    Principal – Credit Research

    John Sealy

    Senior Advisor

    Heidimarie Skor

    Director

    Todd Solomon

    Director

    Etton Soriano

    Investment Associate

    William Staddon

    Investment Manager – Portfolio Management

    Paul Tapper

    Managing Director – Portfolio Management

    Christina Theilgaard

    Investor Relations

    Victoria Travina

    Investment Manager – Credit Research

    Florence Ventura

    Business Development – Private Debt

    Jacob Walton

    Director – Portfolio Management

    Cheryl Wasilewski

    Director

    Andrew Weaver

    Investment Manager - Operations

    Ryan White

    Director

    Graydon Wilcox

    Managing Director

    Victoria Williams

    Investment Associate – Operations

    David Wilson

    Consultant

    Ashkan Zarnighian

    Vice President

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    Tim Ayles

    Head of Credit Research

    Tim joined Rothschild and the RCM (Europe) team in 2005. He is Head of Credit Research responsible for overseeing all new credit recommendations and the monitoring of the portfolio by the Credit Research team. Tim chairs the RCM (Europe) Credit Forum, the first stage of the credit-approval process, and also sits on the RCM (Europe and North America) Investment Committee.

    Tim has a wide range of experience investing in senior secured leveraged loans, high yield bonds, subordinated debt and commercial property loans.

    Tim has an MA (Oxon) in Theology from the University of Oxford.

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    Cristina Barone

    Principal – Portfolio Management

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2013, Cristina spent two years at Morgan Stanley, where she worked on several leveraged finance transactions. Cristina holds a Master of Science in Finance, as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration and Management, from Bocconi University.

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    Bradley Bryan

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Bradley was with Westgate since 2011.

    Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President at Imperial Capital and a Senior Vice President at Jefferies Capital Management where he was a Leveraged Loan and High Yield Research Analyst.  

    Before that, Bradley was a High Yield Research Analyst Jefferies & Company.

    He began his career at Bankers Trust Company in leveraged finance.

    Bradley received an MBA in Finance from the University of California-Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

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    Michael Clancy

    Global Head of RCM

    Michael is the Head of RCM and a member of the RCM Investment Committee and the Rothschild Merchant Banking Management Committee.

    Prior to joining RCM in 2011, Michael was the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Elgin Capital since 2002.

    Before establishing Elgin Capital, he was Global Co-head of Credit Trading at Merrill Lynch, responsible for debt syndicate, corporate bonds, credit derivatives, high yield, distressed debt, and leveraged loans.

    Michael has a Master of Science from Carnegie-Mellon University and Bachelor of Science from University of Maine.

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    David Findlay

    Investment Analyst - Operations

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2018, David worked at Morgan Stanley supporting the Par and Distressed Credit trading desk with settlement of transactions, client management and non-market risk oversight.

    David holds a BSCC degree in Accounting from the University of the West of Scotland.

     

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    Benoît Gouilhers

    Investment Analyst – Operations

    Prior to joining RCM in 2018, Benoît worked at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Vistra in Luxembourg, where he was responsible for client accounting, legal reports and analysis.

    Benoît holds two Master degrees in accounting and management from the INTEC and OEC in Paris.

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    Nilesh Halaria

    Investment Manager – Portfolio Management

    Prior to joining RCM in 2018, Nilesh worked at US Bank for three years on the CLO team and, prior to that, seven years at Standard and Poor's within the Structured Finance data team.

    Nilesh holds a BA degree in Business Economics from Kingston University.

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    Michael Hatley

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Michael was Head of Westgate since 2005.

    Prior to that Michael worked at ING Capital Advisors where he served in various credit capacities before becoming President in 2001.

    Prior to this, he served as an Assistant Portfolio Manager at Pilgrim Prime Rate Trust.

    He was also a Vice President at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles for approximately nine years and a Board Member of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA).

    Michael holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.

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    Aisha Jones

    Senior Associate

    Pior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Aisha was with Westgate where she began her career in loan administration and portfolio compliance in 2007.  Aisha earned her degree in Public Administration Financial Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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    Debra Lewis

    Consultant

    Prior to joining Rothschild in 1991, Debra worked at EY in London and Australia. Her experience includes a wide range of lending sectors and types and also debt advisory. She was Head of Credit from 2003 to 2010, when she became a consultant, and now acts as an independent member of the RCM (Europe) Investment Committee.

    Debbie has an LLB (hons) from Cardiff University and FCA (ICAEW). 

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    Cynthia Lopez

    Senior Associate

    Pior to joining  RCM (North America) in 2015, Cynthia was with Westgate where she began her career in corporate accounting and compliance since 2007. Cynthia received her BA in Business Management Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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    Ashwin Nair

    Investment Analyst – Operations

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2017, Ashwin worked at Prologue Capital for three years in Fixed Income Operations and Middle Office, with responsibility for fund NAV production.

    Ashwin holds a BSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Surrey.

     

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    Kris Norman

    Principal – Credit Research

    Prior to joining RCM in 2018, Kris worked at Tikehau Capital, supporting its CLO and loan fund platform. Previously, he worked in the Credit Risk & Advisory function of Goldman Sachs in both London and Sydney. He started his career as an Auditor at MooreStephens in Sydney.

    Kris holds an MSc degree in Finance from London Business School.

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    Vishal Patel

    Investment Manager – Operations

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2018, Vishal spent over two years at Virtus Partners as a Hedge Fund Operations Analyst, where he on-boarded and built out their European Fund Administration business, as well as providing daily middle office support for CLO clients.

    Previously, he has held roles at P.Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM) and Citi Hedge Fund Services NA. Vishal holds an MA (Hons) degree in Economic Sciences and Management from the University of Aberdeen.

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    Pramal Patel

    Chief Operating Officer

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2015, Pramal was a Partner and COO of New Amsterdam Capital, which he joined in 2004. He was responsible for setting up and managing the operational and systems infrastructure of the firm, which managed European credit funds and CLOs. Pramal has over 18 years of experience in the asset management industry. Pramal started his career in 1996 at RSM Robson Rhodes where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. Pramal holds a first class degree in Accounting and Finance.

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    Chloe Qiao

    Principal – Credit Research

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2014, Chloe worked at Morgan Stanley on several leveraged loan transactions.

    Chloe holds an MSc in Financial Economics from University of Oxford and an BSc in Computer Science and Technology from Capital University of Economics and Business.

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    Javier Quintas

    Investment Associate – Credit Research

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2017, Javier was employed at Commerzbank, working on a number of mid and large European leveraged finance transactions across different industries. 

    Javier holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ramon Llull University (IQS) and an MBA from London Business School.

     

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    Dennis Rhee

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2017, Dennis co-founded Treesdale Partners and built a fixed income asset management business consisting of fund of hedge funds, hedge funds, and long only credit products. Prior to that he held roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co, Deutsche Bank and Pedestal.

    Dennis has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and a BA in Government from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences.

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    Helen Rhee

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Helen was with Westgate since 2005.

    Prior to that, Helen worked at ING Capital Advisors where she was a Senior Credit Analyst. Prior to this, she was a Vice President at Nippon Credit Bank. From 1991-1995, Helen  was an Assistant Vice President at Union Bank's Investment Banking Group.

    Helen began her career as a credit analyst for Bank of America. Helen received her BS in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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    Ben Rothberg

    Principal – Credit Research

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2016, Ben worked at Tikehau Capital where he worked on CLO and Leveraged Loan Fund platforms for 2 years. Prior to this he was employed at CIC Acquisition Finance for 4 years. Ben begun his career at Bank Leumi UK.

    Ben graduated from the University of Wales.

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    John Sealy

    Senior Advisor

    John Sealy is a Merchant Banking Senior Adviser and a member of the FACS, FADL and RCM Investment Committees.

    John joined Rothschild & Co in 2003, and was responsible in the early stage of his career for the successful development of RCM's Mezzanine business and the establishment of RCM, where he held the position of Head of Credit Research. After this, he served as Co-Head of Rothschild's Direct Lending offering, Five Arrows Direct Lending (FADL).

    Prior to joining Rothschild & Co, John was an Investment Director at ABN AMRO Capital, where he oversaw sourcing and execution of Mezzanine investments. Before this, John was an Assistant Director at NatWest Markets where he worked in the Mezzanine and Leveraged Finance teams.

    John holds a joint honours degree in French and German from Nottingham University and an MBA from Nottingham University Business School.

     

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    Heidimarie Skor

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Heidi was with Westgate since 2005. Prior to that, Heidi worked at ING Capital Advisors where she was a Senior Credit Consultant.

    Prior to this, Heidi worked as the Head of Portfolio Management BHF-BANK for 12 years. Heidi earned her BSc and MBA degrees from Fordham University.

    She is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the CFA Society and the NYSSA, and has taught Corporate Finance as an Adjunct Professor at New York University.

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    Todd Solomon

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Todd was a Credit Research Analyst at Bradford & Marzec. Prior to that, he worked as a Credit Research analyst at Pacific Life.  

    Todd received an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a BSBA in Finance from The University of Arizona.  He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles.

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    Etton Soriano

    Investment Associate

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Etton worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co as an Investment Banking Analyst. Etton graduated from the Univerisity at Albany with a dual Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics.

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    William Staddon

    Investment Manager – Portfolio Management

    Prior to joining RCM in 2018, William worked at Saba Capital Management for five years and, prior to that, one and a half years at UBS within the Risk and PnL team and five years at Morgan Stanley in the Structured Credit team. 

    William holds a BSc degree in Statistics and Economics (MORSE) from the University of Warwick and is a CFA Charterholder.

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    Paul Tapper

    Managing Director – Portfolio Management

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2015, Paul worked at Aethel Partners and previously he was Portfolio Manager at Lyxor Asset Management.

    Paul has extensive lending experience, including a track record in leverage finance, emerging markets and infrastructure.

    He has an BSc in Economics from University of Salford and is also a Chartered Accountant.

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    Christina Theilgaard

    Investor Relations

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2017, Christina worked in Investor Relations at Man Group, responsible for client service and marketing. Before this, she served as Marketing Executive at Winton Capital.

    Christina holds a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge.

     

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    Victoria Travina

    Investment Manager – Credit Research

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2016, Victoria worked at Commerzbank where she worked on a number of European leveraged finance and high yield transactions across Europe and the US.

    Victoria holds BSc in Mathematics with Finance and Economics from Cass Business School.

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    Florence Ventura

    Business Development – Private Debt

    Prior to joining Rothschild & Co in 2018, Florence spent three years at Sealight Capital as Head of Business Development, where she raised assets from a range of global institutional investors, pension funds, wealth managers and family offices. 

    Previously, she spent five years in Credit Sales at Goldman Sachs. Florence holds an MSc degree in Financial and Monetary Economics from the University of Geneva.

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    Jacob Walton

    Director – Portfolio Management

    Jake is the primary analyst on the CLO investment strategy and also works on the structuring and reporting of the Rothschild managed CLOs.

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2011, Jacob worked on a variety of structured products at Elgin Capital and ABN AMRO Trust and Securitisation Services.

    Jake holds a BA in History & Politics from Keele University.

     

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    Cheryl Wasilewski

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Cheryl was with Westgate since 2005. Prior to that, Cheryl worked at ING Capital Advisors where she was a Senior Credit Analyst.

    Prior to this, she was with Southern Pacific Bank in Los Angeles as the Senior Vice President and Manager of the Bank's Loan Participation and Investment Group.

    She also served as a Captain and Coordinator of Women's Athletics at the United States Military Academy.

    Cheryl received her B.S. in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Southern California.

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    Andrew Weaver

    Investment Manager - Operations

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2013, Andrew worked in the Rothschild Banking Administration Team since 2007. Previously he worked at RBS.

    Andrew holds a degree from University of London in Mathematics and Statistics.

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    Ryan White

    Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2017, Ryan was a Vice President at TCW Group.  Prior to that, Ryan was a Senior Credit Analyst at Westgate.  He has also worked as a Director at FTI Consulting and an Associate Vice President at Bank of America.  

    Ryan received an MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BBA in Finance from The University of Oklahoma. He is a CFA Charterholder.

     

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    Graydon Wilcox

    Managing Director

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2015, Graydon was Head of WestGate since 2005.

    Prior to that Graydon worked at ING Capital Advisors where he was responsible for financial reporting and compliance across all of ICA's managed assets. Prior to this, Graydon served as Chief Financial Officer of Brandywine Asset Management.

    Graydon started his career as a senior audit manager at Tait, Weller & Baker.

    Graydon graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Victoria Williams

    Investment Associate – Operations

    Victoria joined RCM (Europe) in 2011 as a Team Assistant. She performs a variety of roles, including loan and bond settlements and the monitoring of ratings.

    Victoria holds a BSc in Molecular Biology with Forensic Science from Queen Mary University of London and a BA/BSc in English Studies and Law from London South Bank University.

     

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    David Wilson

    Consultant

    Prior to joining RCM (Europe) in 2011, David was a Portfolio Manager for Dalradian CLO I-IV at Elgin Capital from 2005 to 2011.

    Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager for Copernicus I and II at ING Capital Management and prior to that he headed London leveraged loan business for CIC.

    David has an MA in Land Economy. 

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    Ashkan Zarnighian

    Vice President

    Prior to joining RCM (North America) in 2018, Ashkan was a Director at CIT Bank where he worked in the Corporate Banking Group.

    Prior to that, he worked at Wells Fargo Bank as an Associate Investment Analyst in the Alternative Investment Management Group.

    Ashkan received an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

     

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