ZAIS Group Strengthens Executive Team As Credit Opportunities Beckon

Nov 8 2016 | 8:43pm ET

Structured credit specialist ZAIS Group has strengthened its executive team through two senior hires in its London office.

Ahrash Daneshvar joins the firm as managing director and Iris Arrington comes aboard as VP of client relations, according to a statement. 

Danashvar will focus on will focus credit derivatives and quantitative trading strategies, while Arrington will be responsible for managing the firm’s client relations in Europe. 

The two executives join ZAIS at a time when the company anticipates an attractive environment in the structured credit space due to the mounting number of dislocations in the space driven by the low interest rates, a shift in the business cycle and increased regulation, according to an email sent to FINalternatives

Daneshvar brings nearly two decades of experience in structured credit and derivatives to the company. Prior to his new role, he spent a decade with Morgan Stanley, advancing to lead the firm’s structured credit business in both London and New York, and began his career at Commerzbank in equity derivatives market risk analysis.

Arrington joins ZAIS Group from Marathon Asset Management, where she was vice president of investor relations and business development for multi-asset credit strategies. Beforehand, she worked in the fixed income, currency, and commodities department at Goldman Sachs and as an M&A analyst at Evercore Partners.

“With low to negative interest rates meaningfully dampening prospects for strong returns in traditional fixed income, numerous inefficiencies are developing in structured credit investments which we believe will make them appealing over the next few years,” said Christian Zugel, founder and CIO of ZAIS Group. “In anticipation of the expected opportunity in structured credit, we are fortunate to be able to bring on board two extremely accomplished individuals, Ahrash Daneshvar and Iris Arrington.”

Zugel founded ZAIS Group Holdings in 1997. The company is an investment advisory and asset management firm with approximately $3.949 billion of assets under management focused on specialized credit strategies in both the corporate and mortgage-related structured arenas. It is publicly traded under the symbol ZAIS.

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