Mr. Allen has in excess of 26 years of financial services and investment experience, with a focus on the High Yield and Leveraged Finance Markets. Prior to founding AlbaCore Capital, Mr. Allen managed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s European Principal Credit Fund and was a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Allen was also a Partner, Investment Committee member and Senior Portfolio Manager at GoldenTree Asset Management, where he established and ran the firm’s European presence. Mr. Allen spent a decade with Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong, working across M&A and investment banking before specialising as a High Yield media analyst.
Mr. Allen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was an all-conference rower.
Mr. Ammons has 14 years’ experience in leveraged finance markets, most recently working with Mr. Allen at CPP Investment Board. He was responsible for deal sourcing, structuring and arranging, as well as active portfolio management, also serving on the Real Estate Debt Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Ammons worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Restructuring and Leveraged Finance teams, and in Wachovia’s Leveraged Finance team.
Mr. Ammons holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Cohen Malka has 11 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, Mrs. Cohen Malka 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.
Mrs. Cohen Malka holds a Master in Management with a major in financial engineering from ESCP Europe.
Mr. Courey has over 17 years’ experience within High Yield credit markets, most recently as head of Credit Suisse’s High Yield bond trading team. Prior to that, Mr. Courey was at Morgan Stanley where he worked in the High Yield media research team with Mr. Allen, before becoming an Executive Director in the fixed income credit business, trading all parts of the capital structure.
Mr. Courey graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in French. He is a member of the board of trustees of Seeds of Peace, an international nonprofit that focuses on leadership development in conflict regions.
Mr. Zavahir has over 18 years of experience in legal and compliance work in corporate finance and credit markets. Prior to joining AlbaCore, he served as European Head of Corporate Legal and Compliance for Davidson Kempner Capital Management, a $25 billion asset manager. Previously, he worked as European Counsel and Head of Compliance for Millennium Capital Partners, a $30 billion hedge fund.
Mr. Zavahir graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a LLB with honours. He was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2002.
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