Pemberton, an asset manager backed by Legal & General Group, has appointed Robert Wartchow as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for its Mid-Market Debt Strategy.Together with Mark Hickey and Steven Craig, Robert will be responsible for the selection, due diligence and structuring of new investments and the management of Pemberton’s existing mid-market portfolio. Pemberton’s Mid-Market Debt Strategy, provides senior secured loans for acquisition and growth to companies across Europe.
Wartchow has nearly 20 years’ experience in credit markets and joins from Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director and Head of EMEA High Yield Syndicate. At Credit Suisse, Wartchow was responsible for structuring, underwriting, and syndicating new high yield bond and leveraged loan transactions for financial sponsor and corporate clients across the globe. Prior to that, he held various credit-focused roles at Deutsche Bank and Wachovia Securities. Wartchow is a CFA Charterholder and holds an MBA from Columbia University, US.
Mark Hickey, Partner at Pemberton, says: “This appointment sees us continue to expand our team with top-tier credit expertise. Robert is an impressive credit professional and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our team – he has extensive experience within the European leveraged loan market over several cycles and across sectors. We look forward to welcoming him to Pemberton.”
Wartchow adds: “Pemberton has one of the largest direct lending platforms in Europe, with significant resources committed to portfolio management, credit and origination. The size and depth of its platform and the quality of its investor base puts Pemberton in a unique position to support the growth of mid-market companies across Europe at this crucial time. I look forward to being a part of the team and helping drive the Mid-Market Debt Strategy.”
Wartchow’s appointment follows that of Christopher Ellerker, who joined Pemberton’s credit team as a Managing Director in July. Pemberton has grown significantly in recent years, adding 53 people to the team since 2019. It now has over 100 professionals, managing nearly EUR8 billion of capital from leading investors around the world.