Mon, 27/04/2009 - 17:01
The founders of BLM Partners have announced the addition of Jason Carley and Gero Wendenburg to the partnership, which was founded in March this year.
Carley was most recently the senior portfolio manager for the BlueMountain Global Value Fund, a credit-focused special situations hedge fund. At BLM, he will continue to focus on credit private financing-related investment opportunities.
Wendenburg (pictured) is currently an executive board member of Germany1 Acquisition, the first special purpose acquisition company to be raised exclusively for the European marketplace. Together with his responsibilities at Germany1, Wendenburg will play a critical part of the execution of BLM's investment strategies.
Florian Lahnstein, BLM founding partner, says: 'We spent a great deal of time in identifying and selecting the absolute best talent for our special opportunities investment strategy. We are extremely pleased that Jason decided to join the firm. Gero's contributions to BLM to date via the SPAC have been essential to positioning BLM for success and we look forward to the additional role he will now have in helping to realise the firm's vision.'
From 2005 to 2009, Carley was the senior portfolio manager for BlueMountain's Global Value Fund and was responsible for managing the firm's other special situations investment strategies. In this role, Carley focused specifically on private financing (both debt and equity) across the distressed, TMT, energy, clean technology and natural resources sectors, as well as on the firm's emerging markets investments. Prior to BlueMountain, he was a managing director at Merrill Lynch where he was the head of European corporate credit research. He also previously ran Asia-Pacific fixed income credit research and Australasian credit research on behalf of Merrill Lynch.
Wendenburg has been an executive board member of Germany1 since its incorporation in June 2008 and is responsible for the day to day operations of the company, including the selection, analysis, structuring and execution of investments. Prior to joining Germany1, Wendenburg spent more than a decade with UBS Investment Bank and Bear Stearns in New York, Frankfurt and London in a variety of M&A and acquisition financing positions. From 1999-2000, he worked for Siemens in Munich where he advised on the firm's restructuring programme.
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