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The ELFA Team

OUR LEADERSHIP

ELFA is guided by the expertise of our Board and Management Committees, comprised of senior members within our member firms, and our Independent Board Chair. Our work is coordinated by our Chief Executive Officer, Sabrina Fox.

Sabrina Fox
Chief Executive Officer

Sabrina is a recognised expert in the European leveraged finance market focused on increasing transp...

Sabrina is a recognised expert in the European leveraged finance market focused on increasing transparency, improving disclosure standards, and educating market participants on the importance of lender protections in documentation. Most recently, Sabrina was Head of European High Yield Research for Covenant Review. Prior to that, she was Counsel with DLA Piper in London.

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Alex Kay
Independent Chair of the Board

Alex is a finance partner based in London, and part of the business restructuring and insolvency tea...

Alex is a finance partner based in London, and part of the business restructuring and insolvency team. Alex represents distressed buy side investors and bondholder committees in complex cross border restructurings, assisting his clients in all aspects of a transaction from initial contingency planning and investment analysis, to implementation and management of complex workouts.

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Jacqui Chao Healy
Director

Jacqui joined the ELFA in January 2020 and she has since facilitated the growth of our organisation....

Jacqui joined the ELFA in January 2020 and she has since facilitated the growth of our organisation. She manages the day-to-day operations and provides support to our team, our members and our partners. Prior to taking a career break, her background was in debt capital markets. We worked with specialist search firm The Return Hub to find the perfect match for our organisation.

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Sneha Nayak
Research Consultant

Sneha is a Research Consultant who is working with the team, members, and partners to attain insight...

Sneha is a Research Consultant who is working with the team, members, and partners to attain insights on the key issues facing the European Leveraged Finance Industry. Prior to joining the ELFA, she worked as a Student Panel Member representing students voices during panel meetings and studied Financial Risk Management from France’s Toulouse Business School. She gained her B.B.A. with a focus on finance from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in Financial Management from University of Bradford.

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Matt Gray
Research Analyst

Matt is a Research Analyst responsible for contributing to both qualitative and quantitative workstr...

Matt is a Research Analyst responsible for contributing to both qualitative and quantitative workstreams, supporting the production of draft position papers, consultation responses, research, data analytics and surveys. Matt studies Economics at the University of Bath and will be working with the ELFA for the duration of his placement year in order to complete his bachelors degree.

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Michael Damoah
Research Consultant

Michael is a part-time Research Consultant working with the ELFA. He is working to support various c...

Michael is a part-time Research Consultant working with the ELFA. He is working to support various committees on their initiatives at different stages to improve the ELFA's work and provide members benefits. Michael studied Politics and Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2021 and is currently pursuing an MSC in Economy and Society at LSE.

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BOARD & MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
Bhavin Patel
Membership Committee

Partner, Credit in London. Mr. Patel has 19 years of experience in the financial markets and joined ...

Partner, Credit in London. Mr. Patel has 19 years of experience in the financial markets and joined Apollo in August 2008. Mr Patel has been Apollo’s senior trader in London since he joined and has played an integral role in sourcing assets for all of Apollo’s European CLOs since their inception in 2011. He was central in rebuilding the European Credit platform across distressed and liquid products. Prior to working at Apollo, Mr. Patel was a trader at Morgan Stanley in London from 2006 to 2008, trading high yield bonds, loans, credit default swaps (CDS) and loan CDS (LCDS). In 1999 he joined the Barclays graduate program and worked on the market risk desk in New York, and from 2001 to 2006, traded high yield bonds and CDS for the European Credit team at Barclays Capital in London. He graduated from Kings College London (University of London) with a BSc (Hons). He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst holder (CFA) from the CFA Institute.

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Simon Peatfield
Membership Committee

Mr. Peatfield is a Managing Director at HPS Investment Partners and a Co-Portfolio Manager of HPS’...

Mr. Peatfield is a Managing Director at HPS Investment Partners and a Co-Portfolio Manager of HPS’s European CLOs. Prior to joining HPS in 2015, Mr. Peatfield worked for eight years as a Portfolio Manager at Intermediate Capital Group plc, where he managed several European CLOs and was responsible for establishing the Structured Credit business. Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Peatfield worked as a Portfolio Manager in the Structured Credit Products team at Prudential M&G. Mr. Peatfield began his career at Abbey National Treasury Services in London. Mr. Peatfield is an Investment Management Certificate holder and holds a BCom degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Scarlett de Posson
Membership Committee

Scarlett is Director of Leveraged Finance at M&G Investments where she has been since 2011. Previous...

Scarlett is Director of Leveraged Finance at M&G Investments where she has been since 2011. Previously Scarlett worked successively for GSC Group and AlpInvest Partners with responsibility for European Mezzanine investments. Joining the industry in 2004, Scarlett started as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Department of Citigroup. She graduated from ESSEC Business School.

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Ross Curran
Nominations Committee

Ross joined Alcentra in February 2007 and is a Managing Director and European Liquid Credit Portfoli...

Ross joined Alcentra in February 2007 and is a Managing Director and European Liquid Credit Portfolio Manager focusing on Leveraged Loan, High Yield bond, and Multi-Asset Credit Portfolios. Ross is a member of Alcentra’s European and US Liquid Credit Investment Committees, Alcentra’s Asset Allocation Committee and is chair of Alcentra’s ESG Committee. Ross has extensive experience as a credit analyst in Alcentra’s European liquid credit team covering High Yield bonds and Leveraged Loans across a broad range of sectors. Prior to joining Alcentra, Ross worked for SEI Investments and Deutsche Bank. Ross holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Economics and Finance from Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland). Ross qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 2011.

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Alex Leonard
Nominations Committee

Mr. Leonard is a Senior Managing Director and the Senior Portfolio Manager for LCS’s European fund...

Mr. Leonard is a Senior Managing Director and the Senior Portfolio Manager for LCS’s European funds. He is also a member of Blackstone Credit’s LCS Management Committee and sits on LCS’s European Syndicated Credit Investment Committee, Global Structured Credit Investment Committee, Global Dynamic Credit Asset Allocation Committee, and CLO Origination Committee. Mr. Leonard joined Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, at the time of the acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital Management Limited in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Leonard was a Director and Co-Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Harbourmaster, primarily responsible for fund structuring, portfolio management and trading.

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Deborah Malka
Nominations Committee

Deborah has 13 years of financial services and investment experience in the High Yield, Private Debt...

Deborah has 13 years of financial services and investment experience in the High Yield, Private Debt, Private Equity and Corporate Finance markets working most recently with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ammons at CPP Investment Board. She was responsible for deal sourcing, execution and active portfolio management. Prior to that, Deborah worked as an associate in the investment team of CCMP Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, and at Goldman Sachs International‘s Investment Banking Department focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and IPOs. Deborah holds a Master in Management with a major in financial engineering from ESCP Europe.

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Rebecca Clements
Partnership & Events Committee

Rebecca joined Fidelity International as Sr Credit Analyst in 2016. She spent the previous 13 years...

Rebecca joined Fidelity International as Sr Credit Analyst in 2016. She spent the previous 13 years covering corporate high yield credit in both Europe and the US. During that time, she worked in a variety of buyside and sellside analyst, investment and execution roles for banks/brokers, hedge funds and real money. Prior to moving into credit investing, she worked in equity research and investment banking. Rebecca graduated with a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her MBA at Kellogg School of Management. She became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2006.

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Thomas Hanson
Partnership & Events Committee

Tom is head of Aegon Asset Management’s European high yield portfolio management team since 2019, ...

Tom is head of Aegon Asset Management’s European high yield portfolio management team since 2019, overseeing portfolio management across range of Global and European high yield portfolios managed from the UK and Europe. He is also the co-manager of a range of AAM’s Global high yield funds and mandates. Tom has 20 years’ industry experience. Previously he was a high yield fund manager with Janus Henderson Investors. He has a BA (Joint Hons) in French and Management Studies from the University of Reading and is a CFA charterholder.

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Gavin McKeown
Partnership & Events Committee

Gavin McKeown is a Senior Credit Analyst of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income team at Amundi coveri...

Gavin McKeown is a Senior Credit Analyst of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income team at Amundi covering the Telecom, Media and Transport sectors. He is based in Dublin. Gavin has invested in Emerging Markets throughout his investment career. Prior to joining the Emerging Market Credit team in July 2017, Gavin was a senior member of the former Emerging Markets and European High Yield team where he worked to build the credit research team and covered an array of sectors. He joined Amundi Asset Management (previously Pioneer Investments) in 2008 from Alliance Bernstein in London where he was a member of the Global High Yield Credit Research team. Previously he worked with the Assurance and Business Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gavin is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds a Professional Diploma in Accountancy from Dublin City University and an honours degree in Economics (BA) from University College Dublin. Gavin has extensive experience of investing in both performing and distressed credit. He is an advocate for credit investor issues. He was a founding member of the European Leveraged Finance Buyside Forum in 2010 and was a board member of the AFME/High Yield Division until 2017. He was a founding member of the European Leverage Finance Association (ELFA) in 2019.

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Peter Aspbury
PR & Marketing Committee

Peter is JP Morgan Asset Management’s lead portfolio manager for European high yield. Prior to joi...

Peter is JP Morgan Asset Management’s lead portfolio manager for European high yield. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Peter was the head of High Yield Research at European Credit Management. Peter holds a B.A. in history from Middlebury College, a M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson School.

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Rob Fawn
PR & Marketing Committee

Rob Fawn is a Principal and Portfolio Manager in the European Leveraged Finance Team at PGIM Fixed I...

Rob Fawn is a Principal and Portfolio Manager in the European Leveraged Finance Team at PGIM Fixed Income, based in London. Rob is responsible for managing high yield bonds and bank loans across multiple mandates. He manages the European investments in PGIM Fixed Income’s Credit Opportunities strategy, and is also responsible for managing the European Leveraged Finance sleeves within the Global High Yield and Multi Sector portfolios. Previously, Rob was a credit analyst in the European Leveraged Finance Credit Research Team where he covered the chemicals, food, metals & mining and paper & packaging sectors. Prior to joining the Firm in 2017, he spent 12 years at Citigroup, most recently as a credit analyst on their European High Yield Credit Trading desk, having also spent 6 years in M&A. Rob received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Bath.

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Clark Nicholls
PR & Marketing Committee

Clark is a Senior Portfolio Manager within the EU and Global High Yield team in fixed income, respon...

Clark is a Senior Portfolio Manager within the EU and Global High Yield team in fixed income, responsible for managing core high yield portfolios. In addition, he is also Head of European High Yield research. He has held these roles since joining AXA IM in 2015. Prior to AXA IM, Clark was Managing Director, Head of High Yield research for Spread Research. Preceding that, Clark held similar roles at Credit Suisse and Société Générale where he worked for five and four years respectively, being ranked 1st by Institutional Investor and Euromoney amongst others in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Clark holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance from Australian Business School, NSW University. Additionally, Clark hold a Bachelor’s degree with a distinction average Marketing major from Charles Sturt University.

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Malin Hedman
Remuneration & Finance Committee

Malin is the co-head of the European industry research team at Bain Capital Credit. She has been at ...

Malin is the co-head of the European industry research team at Bain Capital Credit. She has been at Bain Capital Credit for c 5 years and before that was a credit analyst at Cairn Capital. She started her career as a research analyst at J.P.Morgan, has 13 years of financial markets experience and a MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics. For the ELFA, Malin also co-Chairs the ESG Committee.

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Senan Kiran
Remuneration & Finance Committee

Senan Kiran, Director of Research - Europe and a member of ESG Working Group at Muzinich & Co. where...

Senan Kiran, Director of Research - Europe and a member of ESG Working Group at Muzinich & Co. where she has been since 2014; with over 20 years of experience in the financial sector of which 16 have been corporate credit research. Previously Senior Credit Analyst with Schroders and Associate Director at Barclays Capital focusing on European High Yield. An INSEAD alumnus and holds a CPA designation in Turkey. For the ELFA, Senan also co-Chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was formerly a co-Chair for the Disclosure & Transparency Committee.

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Mitch Reznick, CFA
Remuneration & Finance Committee

Mitch is Co-head of Credit at Hermes Investment Management, where he joined in February 2010 as Head...

Mitch is Co-head of Credit at Hermes Investment Management, where he joined in February 2010 as Head of Credit Research. Prior to this he was Co-Head of Credit Research for the global credit and hybrids team at Fortis Investments in Paris and in London. Before this he worked as an associate analyst in the leveraged finance group at Moody’s Investors Service in New York.

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Initiative Committee Co-Chairs
Emeric Chenebaux
CLO Investor Committee

Emeric joined the international business of Federated Hermes in December 2017, where he was responsi...

Emeric joined the international business of Federated Hermes in December 2017, where he was responsible for the management of syndicated leveraged loans. In 2019, he transitioned across to the structured credit team where he focuses primarily on CLOs. In this role, he leads the analysis of CLO managers, CLO deals, conducts the ESG analysis and prepares the due diligence packs for both primary and secondary market opportunities and is responsible for conducting the periodic fundamentals and risk reviews for CLOs. His previous role was at DELFF Management, based in London, where he was an investment analyst on both syndicated leveraged loans and direct lending transactions. Prior to this, Emeric worked for over two years at BNP Paribas Investment Management in Paris and New York, where he analysed both European and US syndicated leveraged loans and European private placements. Emeric holds two Master’s in Finance from University Paris Dauphine and University Paris Assas.

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Denis Struc
CLO Investor Committee

Denis Struc is a Portfolio Manager on the Secured Credit Team and co-manages the Asset-Backed Securi...

Denis Struc is a Portfolio Manager on the Secured Credit Team and co-manages the Asset-Backed Securities and Global Short Duration Credit strategies at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since 2016. In this role, he is responsible for portfolio management and markets and transaction analysis across the securitised and secured credit markets. Denis joined Henderson in 2010 as structured product analyst and was promoted to senior analyst in 2013. Prior to this, he was an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service in the structured products department. He began his career in 2005 with HBOS, where he was working as a surveillance analyst in the structured credit and investment risk group. Denis received a BBA degree from Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova and an MSc in finance and investment from Brunel University. He holds the Investment Management Certificate and has 16 years of financial industry experience.

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Malin Hedman
ESG Committee

Malin is Director and Co-head of the European industry research team at Bain Capital Credit where sh...

Malin is Director and Co-head of the European industry research team at Bain Capital Credit where she has been for 5 years. She has over 13 years of experience in the financial markets having graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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Tina De Baere
ESG Committee

Tina joined Cairn Capital in 2008 and is now Head of ESG and Macro Strategy with responsibility for ...

Tina joined Cairn Capital in 2008 and is now Head of ESG and Macro Strategy with responsibility for Cairn’s ESG policy. She started Cairn Capital as a portfolio manager in their ABS team. Previously, Tina worked as a credit analyst at New Bond Street Asset Management and Standard & Poor’s.

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Emma Norman
Loan Investor Committee

Emma is Senior Legal Counsel at Invesco working with the Fixed Income and Leveraged Loan teams in EM...

Emma is Senior Legal Counsel at Invesco working with the Fixed Income and Leveraged Loan teams in EMEA. Emma is a Freshfields alumnus, where she was a Senior Associate specialising in Restructuring and Insolvency. She has over 10 years of legal experience, having originally graduated in Law with French Law from The London School of Economics.

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Scarlett de Posson
Loan Investor Committee

Scarlett is Director of Leveraged Finance at M&G Investments where she has been since 2011. Previous...

Scarlett is Director of Leveraged Finance at M&G Investments where she has been since 2011. Previously Scarlett worked successively for GSC Group and AlpInvest Partners with responsibility for European Mezzanine investments. Joining the industry in 2004, Scarlett started as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Department of Citigroup. She graduated from ESSEC Business School.

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Simon Duff
Disclosure & Transparency Committee

Simon is a Senior Analyst at M&G Investments where he currently leads the Telecom, Media and Technol...

Simon is a Senior Analyst at M&G Investments where he currently leads the Telecom, Media and Technology analyst pod. He has over 20-years experience as a credit analyst and has focused on the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors in Europe and North America covering both investment grade and high yield credits with experience of both bonds and leveraged loans. Prior to M&G, Simon worked at Insight Investments, UBS, Barclays and KPMG.

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Russell Taylor
Disclosure & Transparency Committee

Russell is Portfolio manager on the European high yield strategies and heads of the European high yi...

Russell is Portfolio manager on the European high yield strategies and heads of the European high yield research team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He has been with JPMAM for the past 10 years and in the industry since 2005.

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Aaiza Ali
Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Aaiza is Associate Director, is a Credit analyst in the Barings European High Yield Team, with a foc...

Aaiza is Associate Director, is a Credit analyst in the Barings European High Yield Team, with a focus on the telecom and media sectors. She joined Barings in January 2019, prior to which she worked as a TMT analyst at Insight Investment.

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Senan Kiran
Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Senan is Director of Research – Europe at Muzinich where she has been since 2014. Senan has over ...

Senan is Director of Research – Europe at Muzinich where she has been since 2014. Senan has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector of which 16 have been corporate credit research. Previously at Schroders and Barclays Capital focusing on European High Yield. She is an INSEAD alumnus and holds a CPA designation in Turkey.

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Adil Khan
Engagement Committee

Adil is Compliance Officer at Muzinich & Co. since 2018. Prior to this, he was Senior Analyst at AC...

Adil is Compliance Officer at Muzinich & Co. since 2018. Prior to this, he was Senior Analyst at ACA Compliance Group. Adil is a law graduate with a Masters from University College London and a non-practising barrister under the English and Welsh Bar.

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Sebastian Potocean
Engagement Committee

Sebastian is Managing Director and Head of European Research at Barings focusing on leveraged financ...

Sebastian is Managing Director and Head of European Research at Barings focusing on leveraged finance. Prior to Barings (fka as Babson Capital) in 2014, Sebastian worked in Deutsche Bank’s European Leveraged Finance team. He has been in the industry since 2007.

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Carina Spitzkopf
Private Debt Investor Committee

Carina is an Investment Director in the Private Debt team at Federated Hermes investing in leveraged...

Carina is an Investment Director in the Private Debt team at Federated Hermes investing in leveraged transactions across the UK and Europe under the firm’s Direct Lending Funds. Previously, she was at UBS and Barclays Capital. She started her career with Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt where she was involved in both lending to and restructuring of corporates across Europe and has over 12 years of experience in the loans and leveraged finance markets. Carina holds a Master in Business Administration from Passau University and a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck.

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Kristen Bode
Private Debt Investor Committee

Kirsten is Co-Head of Pan European Private Debt at Muzinich & Co. Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten...

Kirsten is Co-Head of Pan European Private Debt at Muzinich & Co. Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked for six years as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equity in the U.K., Germany and Benelux. Previously, she worked for Silver Point Capital, a U.S. based credit/distressed fund, in the private debt team in Europe. Kirsten started her career at Morgan Stanley in 1999, working in the generalist M&A and Leveraged Finance teams in Germany and London. Kirsten graduated from ESB Reutlingen and Middlesex University London with a B.A. Honors in European Business Administration.

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