Tikehau hires Blackstone MD

The French-based asset manager, founded by Antoine Flamarion (pictured) and Mathieu Chabran, has hired Debra Anderson to help with the expansion of its credit business in Europe.

Asset manager The Tikehau Group has appointed Debra Anderson to help the firm expand its credit business, according to a statement on Wednesday.

Anderson, a former senior managing director at The Blackstone Group's GSO Capital Partners, has been appointed within Tikehau’s private debt business and will be based in London. She will work alongside Patrick Marshall, who joined Tikehau in September 2013.

Anderson has more than 27 years of credit lending experience. During her time at Blackstone, she established and managed Blackstone’s European CLO business and co-managed GSO’s European customised credit strategies business. She was responsible for marketing, raising and credit investing in four originated CLO funds and several CLO acquisitions, including Harbourmaster and has experience of investing across the capital structure.

Previously, Anderson was a leveraged loan portfolio manager at Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) and established and ran Abbey National’s leveraged and acquisition finance lending business.

The Tikehau Group hit the headlines recently when Europe’s largest fund manager Amundi, with €768 billion AUM, acquired a stake in the business. The firm, which was founded in 2004 to invest and manage long-term capital for institutional and private investors in various asset classes such as listed and private credit and real estate, has grown its AUM to €3.2 billion in investments and €500 million in shareholders’ equity.

In 2007, the firm launched Tikehau IM, an investment company specialising in fixed income products. The group is majority held by its managers alongside institutional partners such as Credit Mutuel Arkea and Unicredit.

You can read more about the evolution of Tikehau in May’s issue of Private Debt Investor.