Record-breaking CSAM wins Creditflux Manager of the Year 2021

The Creditflux Manager Awards dinner was back with a bang last night as 250 attendees saw Credit Suisse Asset Management crowned Creditflux Manager of the Year for a record third time.

Ironically, one attendee who did not see the win was CSAM’s CLO portfolio manager who had stepped away from his table momentarily as the award win was announced – but Jefferies’ Laura Coady graciously picked up the trophy on his behalf in front of a boisterous audience, enjoying the first market gathering in almost two years. 

CSAM adds the 2021 Creditflux Manager of the Year title to its triumphs in 2013 and 2018. It has also won the most Creditflux awards overall with 15 gongs to its name (which is two clear of Guggenheim Investments).

PGIM also had a successful night, picking up the awards for best European CLO manager and best European CLO (Dryden 29). Axa Investment Managers scooped up the award for best US CLO manager in what marked its first award win for CLO management. The methodology is dictated by performance across a range of metrics and Axa IM scored positively across these silos.  

There were also six first-time award winners with Blue Owl, CIS, Eagle Point, MJX, Napier Park and Saratoga each tasting glory. In one of the best acceptance speeches of the night, Napier Park’s Julia He underlined what a team effort it had been for her firm to win the award for best boutique European CLO manager and went on to lavish praise on team leader Michael Micko (standing beside her) while advocating Napier Park as a great place to work.

The socially-distance dinner at London's Landmark Hotel was welcomed by attendees in what marked the first full gathering of CLO market participants since the pandemic last year.  

We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the Creditflux Manager Awards and Symposium earlier in the day a possibility. Congratulations to the finalists – with over 1,100 CLOs in the running it is a terrific achievement to make it to the final four. Congratulations also to our winners for triumphing in the only industry awards that are determined by data and performance metrics alone.

  Category  Winner  CLO/fund 
Managers  Creditflux manager of the year CSAM  
Best US CLO manager Axa IM  
Best European CLO manager PGIM  
Best MM CLO manager Golub   
Best US boutique CLO manager Saratoga   
Best European boutique CLO manager Napier Park   
CLOs Best new US CLO Octagon  Octagon 50
Best new European CLO CIFC  CIFC European III
Best US CLO Brigade  Battalion XII
Best European CLO PGIM  Dryden 29
Best new middle market CLO Blue Owl  Parliament II
Best middle market CLO Golub  Golub 18 (M)-R
Best non-traditional CLO Anchorage  Anchorage CF 4
Best redeemed CLO MJX Venture VII
Fund  Best closed-end CLO fund Eagle Point Eagle Point Credit Company
Best CLO fund CIS CLO Alpha Taunus
Best new CLO fund Orchard CloverTree
Best European direct lending fund Kartesia  Kartesia V
Best US direct lending fund Monroe Monroe SS Direct Loan Fund



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