Darren Langer, M. App. Fin; B. Bus
Head of Fixed Income
Darren joined the business in 2008 and is a senior portfolio manager with overall responsibility for the Australian multi-sector portfolios including the flagship Australian Bond strategy and the Insurance & Customised Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. He manages customised and market based benchmark mandates and has experience in managing liability portfolios and regulated asset portfolios.
Darren has 32 years’ investment experience, including 13 years with Perpetual Limited.
John Sorrell, PhD Pure Maths; MA (Hons) by coursework in Pure Maths; BA (Hons) majoring in Pure Math
Head of Credit
John joined the business in 2008 and is responsible for the Australian credit process and strategy, as well as managing portfolios for the Credit Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. He also has responsibility for credit analysis for the domestic and global universe of credit including corporate issuers, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and structured products.
John has 33 years’ experience in the fixed income market including 11 years with Credit Suisse First Boston and six years with Merrill Lynch.
Chris Rands, BCommerce (Economics & Finance), M.App Fin
Chris joined the business in 2011 and is responsible for portfolio management, including portfolio construction and trading, for the Insurance & Customised Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. Chris also provides macroeconomic viewpoints to the fixed income team to assist with portfolio positioning.
Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Chris was a credit analyst, as well managing the daily cash flows and all cash investments. Chris has 10 years’ experience in fixed income markets and previously worked as an associate analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.
Leo Leslie, B. Comm (Major in Accounting, Finance & Systems), Securities Institute of Australia Diploma, GAICD
Senior Portfolio Manager, Loans and Credit
Leo joined the business in 2012 and is responsible for managing high yield credit and loan investments. He also has responsibility for credit analysis of various domestic and global issuers, focusing particularly on infrastructure-related credits.
Leo has over 39 years’ experience in wholesale banking, both locally and offshore. Leo spent almost 18 years with State Bank of NSW in various lending, relationship management, structured finance and workouts roles, both in Sydney and New York. This was followed by 6 years with Paribas Australia and BNP Paribas, including as a director in the Leveraged Finance Europe team, based in London. Prior to joining the business, Leo held senior credit roles with Maple Financial Group and Causeway Asset Management, where he had responsibility for assessing, structuring and managing bespoke private debt transactions for middle market borrowers.
Linda Luo, B.Economics (Major in Economics and Finance), University of New South Wales
Linda joined the team in 2019 and is responsible for undertaking credit analysis of debt securities and portfolio management of LBO/Leveraged and acquisition loans in the Nikko AM Fixed Income portfolios
Prior to joining the team, Linda was a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Institutional Banking team specialising in credit and lending, debt structuring and risk management.