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Two investment teams from Allianz Investment Management (AIM), part of Allianz Group, are to join AllianzGI’s expanding global private debt platform.

Alongside Sound Harbor Partners, the US private credit manager AllianzGI announced it was acquiring last week, these new teams will form the core of a broad private debt platform within the firm’s alternatives segment. 
 
From 1 January 2017, Allianz’s Munich-based corporate loans team, headed by Thomas Schneider, and the Westport-based US private placement team, headed by Charles Dudley, will join AllianzGI’s global investment platform.
 
On joining AllianzGI, the two teams will continue to manage money for Allianz Group, as well as extending their offering to external clients. 


 
With the addition of the assets from the Sound Harbor Partners acquisition and a further EUR11.5bn billion in assets managed by the two new private debt teams joining from Allianz – EUR3.5 billion managed by the corporate loans team in Munich and EUR8 billion managed in Westport – AllianzGI will manage over EUR21 billion in private debt from 2017.
 
Deborah Zurkow (pictured), head of alternatives at AllianzGI, says: "I am delighted that hot on the heels of the Sound Harbor acquisition, we are able to announce this significant further expansion of our private debt platform, underlining the momentum we are building in our Alternatives business. Together with our existing market-leading infrastructure debt offering, and our fast-growing corporate loans capability in Paris, the addition of these new teams and Sound Harbor confirm our position as a serious, significant player in the global private debt market at a time when our institutional clients are looking for alternative ways of achieving stable, long-term income.”
 
Andreas Gruber, Allianz Group chief investment officer, says: “These two private placement teams, in Germany and the US, have long, proven track records of performance for Allianz portfolios. In their new setting at AllianzGI their experience and expertise can now, for the first time, be introduced to third parties, opening up exciting new growth opportunities.”

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