An Investment Manager and Investment Banker with comprehensive and seasoned experience of the debt financing process.
A pioneer of the Asian credit markets, Colin has 30 years comprehensive business management, marketing, underwriting, trading and investment experience in fixed income, bond, loan and private debt
markets, 25 with an Asia-Pacific focus, through several economic cycles. He started his career at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan) with various credit trading roles in London, New York & Hong Kong including establishing the firm‘s credit derivative business and head of trading in non-Japan Asia.
Colin went on to head Merrill Lynch’s award winning Asian debt new issue businesses, responsible for pricing, underwriting and execution of new issue bonds, loans & private placements, launching more than US$ 30 billion of debt new issuance over a five-year period, including many market firsts, to top the
regional league tables.
Moving to the ‘buy’ side, he became a credit investor establishing two regional investment businesses.
As Asia-Pacific MD of ECM Asset Management Limited (owned by Wells Fargo) he oversaw Asian
regional credit & loan investments for one of Europe‘s most successful credit asset managers. He was
also Investment Committee Chairman and COO at Opvs Group, an Asian focused credit hedge fund
business he co-founded and co-owned. More recently he has acted as an advisor to a number of
international banks and investors over the acquisition or divestment of Asia-Pacific debt portfolio’s.
Notable Pioneering Transactions
Bank of Asia THB 400mm 11% 1992. First offshore Thai Baht CD
Peoples Republic of China USD 1bn 6.5% 2014. First Chinese global bond
Dragon MBS USD 350mm/HKD 200mm 2004-2014. First Asian mortgage backed security
Bank of Ayudyha USD 150mm FRN 2004. First Thai Bank Subordinated bond
SAFARI HKD 400mm 1998. First HKD asset backed security
Bank Dagang Negara USD 180mm FRN 2005. First Indonesian Bank Subordinated bond
Swire Pacific USD 300mm 8.84% Perp. First Asian corporate perpetual
EBRD KRW 23.7bn 10% 2002. First offshore Korean Won bond
Peoples Republic of China 9% 2096. First Asian sovereign century bond
GE Capital HKD 200mm FRN 2006. First HKD subordinated bond
Universal Robina USD 100mm 8.375% 2006. First private sector Filipino bond
Reliance Industries USD 100mm 2097. First Asian corporate century bond
Hutchinson Whampoa USD 2bn 2007 to 2037. First post handover HK issuance
Reliance Industries GBP 150mm 8.75% 2007. First private sector Indian sterling bond
EBRD HKD 1bn 8% 2000. First HKD global bond
Traffic Stream USD 119mm 14.25% 2006. First Chinese asset backed bond
Investment Funds Managed
Opvs – Asia Opportunity Fund Opvs – Fundamental Asia Credit Fund
ECM – European Credit (Luxembourg) SA ECM – Fundamental European Value SA
ECM – Asset Backed Europe SA ECM – Diversified Financials Europe SA
ECM – Leveraged Loans Europe plc Sanwa – Asian Recovery Fund
Achievements & Awards
Best Eurozone Fixed Income Manager 2004 – Asian Investor Magazine
Asian Bond House of the Year 1997 – IFR
Runner-up Asian Bond House of the Year 1996 – IFR
Asian Bond House of the Year 1995 – IFR
Runner-up Asian Bond House of the Year 1994 – IFR
Loan House of the Year 1989 – IFR
The above contents were provided by Mr Blackwell.