2016, Best High Yield Fund
2016, Manager of the Year
2016, Best CLO Fund
Our team of over 100 individuals includes a 38 person team of highly season investment professionals with backgrounds from firms such as JPMorgan, Citibank, Apollo, RBS, and Caxton Associates. Our senior portfolio management and research professionals are highly experienced in credit analysis, capital markets, loan syndications and trading, restructuring/ workouts, structured finance and portfolio management. Prior to working at CIFC, much of our senior team worked together at prior firms.
38 investment professionals including 21 research analysts
Average of over 13 years of industry experience
Investment Committee members with 20+ years of relevant experience
Our CIO and CEO, Steve Vaccaro, has 41 years of relevant experience and has been
with the firm since its inception
Acute Focus on Risk
We use a combination of the latest technology and constant management oversight to create a culture of discipline and attention to detail in all aspects of CIFC’s business. As Risk and Portfolio Management are at the very core of any investment process, our multiple key management committees meet regularly to evaluate and reassess everything from risk limits of individual funds, positive and negative macro developments, position limits, fair value assessment and execution quality, among other metrics. Oversight of all risk lies with the Risk Management Committee which continuously reviews all areas of potential investment, operational and cybersecurity risk.
Consistent and Scalable Investment Processes
CIFC adheres to a consistent, systematic repeatable process for credit investing which has been consistently employed through a wide variety of credit cycles and interest rate environments. We leverage our extensive credit experience to carry out deep and disciplined analysis of each investment, in order to optimize risk and generate alpha while preserving investor principal. Our investment team conducts fundamental-based credit evaluation organized along industry sectors with a focus on understanding relevant macro and micro trends, technological developments, regulatory environment and market position while constantly evaluating financial performance, covenant compliance and liquidity. A strong collaborative work environment across the firm ensures that investment decisions reflect the combined insights of the team.
Highly Integrated Credit Underwriting and Portfolio Management System – CIFC maintains best-in-class portfolio management and trade settlement systems to ensure firm-wide position level risk limit control and an uninterrupted trade execution workflow. Additionally, we have created a completely bespoke database which tracks all credits held in CIFC funds. The design, depth and robustness of this platform provides us with an unquestionable competitive advantage as it captures financial and performance data, covenant compliance, management changes, ratings migration, pricing trends, and structural changes related to all investments.