Aegon Asset Management strengthens alternative fixed income team with four hires

Aegon Asset Management has strengthened its alternative fixed income team with four hires, following strong third-party demand for its range of strategies.

Philip van der Meijden, George Konings, Mickey Teunissen, and George Nijborg have all recently joined Aegon Asset Management’s Netherlands based alternative fixed income team, which manages around EUR40 billion of alternative fixed income assets including Asset Backed Securities, residential mortgages, Small Medium-sized Enterprise loans and government guaranteed loans and is headed by Frank Meijer.

Van der Meijden has joined the team as an investment manager, focusing on residential mortgages and is co-manager of the Aegon Dutch Mortgage Funds. He previously worked as a portfolio manager at Arrow Global, prior to that he was an associate in the credit solutions sales team at Credit Suisse in London.

Konings has eight years industry experience and joins as an investment manager, with a focus on buy-out and growth financing of SMEs and small-mid-caps. He is a co-manager of the Aegon SME Loan Fund, with guarantees from the European Investment Fund. Before joining Aegon Asset Management, Konings worked at Rabobank as an associate director focusing on leveraged capital markets and capital structuring.

Teunissen will also focus on buy-out and growth financing for SMEs and small mid-caps in his role as an investment manager and co-manager of the Aegon SME Loan Fund. Previously, he was also at Rabobank for eight years as an associate director but concentrating on acquisition (leveraged) finance in the mid-cap market.

Finally, Nijborg joins from Goldman Sachs where he was an executive director for seven years in the debt and capital markets team in London and before that Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. At Aegon Asset Management he will be co-manager of its corporate private placement strategy and will also focus on insurance wrapped transactions.

Commenting on the appointments, Meijer says: “Our ABS and Private Debt funds have seen strong third-party inflows in recent years, thanks to the very attractive yields we can offer and the favourable capital treatment. Our Private Debt funds also have a strong ESG/Impact angle, which becomes more and more a focus point for our clients. Philip, Mickey and both Georges’ are very welcome additions to the now 18-strong alternative fixed income team to support our range of Private Debt strategies.”