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About CQS

About CQS

About CQS

CQS Is A Credit-specialist Multi-strategy Asset Manager

We launched our first strategy in 2000 and today provide a range of investment solutions for investors globally, across a variety of return objectives and risk appetites. We focus on our core credit asset classes, where we have built specialist expertise over our 20+ year history, and are committed to delivering performance and high levels of service for our investors. Our ambition is to continue to develop our market-leading expertise in responsible credit investing. 

20+ years delivering fundamental, research-driven investments across the capital structure, from our offices in London, New York & Hong Kong.

Long-only and alternative strategies, in public and private markets, focused on long-term repeatable responsible returns.

Inclusion and Diversity

For us, diversity of our workforce is an output of our progressive and inclusive culture. Team members continually interact across all levels of seniority and experience, and we encourage this. We empower our people without losing the sense of accountability of our leadership.

Our structure gives us the ability to be nimble and promote inclusivity, enabling our staff to speak up and share their views throughout the organisation. Our strength comes from being able to attract, develop and retain individuals from a broad range of backgrounds.

We pride ourselves on our ability to nurture individuals from the grassroots up, and we are engaged in a number of initiatives to further help us to establish a diverse pipeline of future talent. This includes encouraging promotion across departments, identifying individuals to undergo training and move into the Front Office, and our focus on our graduate programme. We are continuing to widen the mix of people who join the Firm, and grow our existing talent pool.

Initiatives and Corporate Social Responsibility

We deeply believe in our social responsibilities, both to our staff and to our communities.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on working with organisations who share our goals and values. We are passionate about supporting youth development, and promoting opportunities to make the broader industry more accessible to diverse talent.

Senior Partners Group

Sir Michael Hintze, AM

Founder and Executive Chairman

Sir Michael Hintze, AM

Sir Michael Hintze, AM

Founder and Executive Chairman

Sir Michael is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Senior Investment Officer of CQS. He is a Senior Partner and serves as a Director on the CQS Board of Directors. Sir Michael is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.

Prior to establishing CQS in 1999, Michael held a number of senior roles at CSFB and Goldman Sachs. He began his career in finance in 1982 with Salomon Brothers, New York, after working as an Electrical Design Engineer in Australia, where he had also served as a Captain in the Australian army.

Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School, received a DBA (honoris) from the University of New South Wales and a DEng (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney.

Soraya Chabarek

Chief Executive Officer

Soraya Chabarek

Soraya Chabarek

Chief Executive Officer

Soraya is the Chief Executive Officer of CQS. She is a Senior Partner and serves as a Director on the CQS Board of Directors. She is also a member of the CQS Responsible Investment Governance Committee and the Asset Advisory Committee for Multi Asset Credit. Soraya joined CQS in 2013 and in her capacity as Global Head of Distribution has been responsible for growing assets and leading CQS' global sales team to build long-term partnerships with investors.

During her career, Soraya has had exposure to a broad range of fund strategies including global macro, equities, emerging markets, credit and convertibles. She began her career at HSBC Private Bank and then in 2000 moved to Permal Investment Management in London where she focused on distributing fund of hedge funds across the EMEA region. A fluent Arabic speaker, Soraya joined GLG Partners in 2004 as a Principal to build out their Middle Eastern presence. In 2008, Soraya joined Moore Europe Capital Management as Head of Marketing for the Emerging Macro Strategies. Here she successfully re-built the asset base during one of the more trying periods in the industry.

Soraya holds a BA in Economics and Public Administration from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Craig Scordellis

CIO Credit

Craig Scordellis

Craig Scordellis

CIO Credit

Craig is Head of Multi Asset Credit, responsible for CQS’ multi asset credit business. Craig is a Senior Partner, a member of the Senior Partners Group, and also chairs the Asset Advisory Committee for Multi Asset Credit. Craig previously headed global loans and was responsible for managing the firm’s loan mandates, including those in a variety of multi-asset credit funds and collateralised loan obligations (CLOs).

Prior to joining CQS in 2008, Craig was a Senior Investment Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager at New Amsterdam Capital Management, a credit hedge fund. Before this, he was an Associate at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he structured leverage finance and high yield bond transactions. Prior to RBS, Craig was on the Deutsche Bank Investment Banking graduate program.

Craig holds a BSc (First Class Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

Jason Walker

CIO ABS

Jason Walker

Jason Walker

CIO ABS

Jason is Chief Investment Officer of ABS and manages CQS’ global asset-backed securities strategies across dedicated hedge funds, long-only funds, bespoke and longer-lock mandates. He leads the dedicated ABS team of portfolio managers and analysts who are located in London and New York. Jason is a Senior Partner and a member of the Senior Partners Group and the Asset Advisory Committee for Multi Asset Credit.

Prior to joining CQS in 2010, Jason held a number of ABS Portfolio Management positions. Before CQS he was with Henderson Global Investors where he was a member of the team managing the Henderson European ABS Opportunities Fund. Before this, he held ABS Portfolio Management roles at Bank of Scotland Treasury, TD Securities and Abbey National Treasury Services, where he began his career as a graduate trainee in 1995.