Oliver Dobbs Joins BlueCrest From CQS to Trade Convertible Bonds

Oliver Dobbs, who was CQS U.K. LLP’s chief investment officer of portfolio management, has joined BlueCrest Capital Management LLP to trade convertible bonds.

Dobbs, 48, started working at BlueCrest, a London-based hedge fund with $34 billion of assets, this month, according to a filing published today by the U.K.’s Companies House. He traded convertible bonds at a Citigroup Inc. hedge fund before joining London-based CQS.

BlueCrest, which focuses on fixed income and uses computer algorithms to profit from asset-price trends, is adding traders after its funds more than doubled since the end of 2009. Michael Platt, 44, founded the firm in 2000 after leaving a proprietary trading desk at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Dobbs, Ed Orlebar, a spokesman for BlueCrest, and Michael Rummel, a spokesman for CQS, declined to comment.

CQS, a $12 billion hedge fund started in 1999 by former Credit Suisse Group AG trader Michael Hintze, invests in convertible bonds, corporate debt and asset-backed securities.

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