TwentyFour Asset Management Hires Lawler for ABS Role

Aug 19 2016 | 6:29pm ET

Fixed income specialist TwentyFour Asset Management has strengthened its ABS team with the hire of industry veteran and former Nomura executive John Lawler.

Lawler joins the company as an ABS portfolio manager and will work on a number of the firm’s funds, including the Monument Bond Fund and TwentyFour Income Fund, the company said in a statement. 

Lawler’s career spans some 30 years in investment banking. He has held senior roles in ABS at RBS and Barclays, and was most recently head of European ABS sales for Nomura. 

TwentyFour’s team currently sees exceptional value in European ABS in the current low yielding environment, the company said in a statement, and has seen ongoing investor appetite from existing and new investors for the strategy. Lawlor’s appointment brings the ABS team to ten investment professionals, providing additional resources to match growth in the strategy. 

“We are delighted that we are able to attract someone of John’s caliber to our team,” said Ben Hayward, head of the ABS team at TwentyFour in the statement. “It shows the current opportunity for people leaving the banking sector in favor of asset management. John’s 30 years’ experience on the sell-side will complement our existing skills and creates the optimal blend of portfolio management, structuring, trading, rating, issuer and quant backgrounds.”

Majority-owned by Swiss money manager Vontobel Asset Management, London-based TwentyFour was founded in 2008 and currently manages approximately £6.9 billion.

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