BlueCrest Hires Nomura Emerging Market Credit Trader Kfoury

BlueCrest Co-Founder Michael Platt
BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd. co-founder Michael Platt. Source: BlueCrest Capital via Bloomberg

BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, the $36 billion hedge-fund firm run by former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader Michael Platt, hired Nomura Holdings Inc.’s head of emerging markets credit trading, Marcel Kfoury.

Kfoury, who joined Nomura in July 2009, resigned on Oct. 1 to become credit-portfolio manager for the hedge fund, he said today in a phone call from London. He’ll be based in the U.K. capital and will start his new post in January.

BlueCrest, the third-biggest European hedge fund, is luring executives from rival asset managers and Wall Street banks as it seeks to build an “investment-bank quality” trading group, pushing traders to avoid big bets on the direction of bond prices and instead benefit from smaller market anomalies, according to its website. The firm has increased its assets by about $7 billion since the end of 2011.

Kfoury will help manage part of a $2 billion emerging markets fund, he said declining to be more specific. Before joining Nomura, he worked at Deutsche Bank AG from 2005 as a credit derivative swap trader, he said.

A spokeswoman for London-based BlueCrest, who asked not to be identified, declined to comment when reached by Bloomberg today. A spokesman for Nomura wasn’t immediately available.

BlueCrest earnings rose 10 percent last year on an increase in assets. Profit before taxes climbed to $648 million from $587 million in 2011, the London-based hedge fund reported in a filing with the U.K.’s Companies House on Sept. 19. Management and performance fees increased 28 percent to $999 million on growth in assets under management, the company said.

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