Credit Team in Absalon Capital
The Absalon Corporate Credit Team is led by Klaus Blaabjerg who formed the team in 2006. The team has remained stable since its inception with no departures.
Each team member has the dual role of portfolio manager and analyst which allows for short lines of communication and a team which is collegiate in style. In addition, the team owns 35% of the equity of their business which ensures an alignment of interests between the team and their investors.
Klaus Blaabjerg, Head of Credit, Chief Portfolio Manager
Klaus attended the University of Copenhagen where he earned an MSc in Economics. His career started in 1999 at Realkredit Danmark as a Risk Manager, he then moved to Nykredit Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager. In 2000 Klaus became the responsible fund manager for Nykredit Invest Engros Eurokredit. After Nykredit, Klaus was employed as a senior portfolio manager at Bankinvest, responsible for launching and managing Bankinvest Corporate Credit, a Global Investment Grade fund with around 10% exposure to Emerging Market Corporates. Klaus resigned from Bankinvest in the summer of 2005, joining Sparinvest in August 2005. Klaus was responsible for Credit Products at Sparinvest. In January 2014 Klaus became Head of Fixed Income at Sparinvest. Klaus resigned from his position at Sparinvest May 2014 having grown the Credit business from zero to €2bn+ and joined Absalon Capital in Jan 2015.
Sune Højholt Jensen, Chief Portfolio Manager
Sune attended the Copenhagen Business School where he earned an MSc in Finance. He began his career at Bjørnskov & Co as an equity analyst. In 1998 he moved to Nykredit Markets joining as a Credit Analyst before moving to the proprietary trading team in 2000. In 2004 he moved to Nordea as a Trader in their proprietary Corporate Bond Trading team. In 2007 he moved to Sparinvest to work alongside Klaus Blaabjerg as part of the investment team with the focus on HY corporates. Furthermore, Sune was managing a constrained EM sovereign debt strategy from 2007-2009. In 2010 he was appointed as the lead manager on the Sparinvest Emerging Market Corporate Debt Strategy. Sune resigned from Sparinvest in April 2014 and joined his colleagues at Absalon Capital where he is the Chief Portfolio Manager for the EM Corporate Debt Strategy.
Toke Katborg Hjortshøj, Senior Portfolio Manager
Toke holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Aarhus. He attended the Master of Finance, the Katholieke University Leuven in Belgium and later joined the Finance Department of Stern Business School New York University as a visiting scholar. Toke started his career at Sparinvest in 2007 as analyst. Senior Portfolio Manager Toke co-launched the Sparinvest Emerging Market Corporate Bond Fund in 2010 with Sune Højholt Jensen. Toke resigned from Sparinvest in July 2014 and joined Absalon Capital in Nov 2014.
Peter Dabros, Senior Portfolio Manager
Peter has an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. While still attending University, Peter worked in Credit Research at Nordea Markets as an Assistant Analyst from 2002 to 2007. He joined the research team as a full-time analyst in 2007. In 2012, Peter moved to Sparinvest as a Portfolio Manager in the Value Bonds team, where he managed Investment Grade funds as well as co-managing Global High Yield and Short Maturity funds. Peter resigned from Sparinvest in July 2014 and joined Absalon Capital in Nov 2014.
Morad Echkantana, Analyst
Morad has a B.Sc in Economics and Business Administration and M.Sc in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School. He joined Absalon Capital as an analyst in 2018.
Katrine Birner Skovsen, Quantitative Analyst
Katrine studied Mathematics and Economics at Aarhus University. She joined the team in 2018 and has been instrumental in developing deeper insights into systematic risk factors across our credit portfolios.
Jesper Veng Pedersen, Portfolio Risk Manager
Jesper is head of Portfolio risk at Absalon Capital. He reports to the Chief Risk Officer. Jesper has a degree in Economics and Management from Aarhus University and completed his PhD in 2016. Prior to joining Absalon Capital he worked for Jyske Bank as Bond analyst.
Jens Christian Thellesen, Head of Middle Office and ESG
Jens Christian studied Economics at Aarhus University. He is also a CFA Charterholder. In 2004, he joined Jyske Bank as a Senior Economist before moving across to their asset management division in 2007 where he took a position as EM debt portfolio manager. Later he rose to become head of the middle office. He joined Absalon Capital as Head of the Middle Office in 2018.
Jesper Laage Christiansen, Chief Risk Officer
Jesper has a degree in Economics from Aarhus University and is CQF certified. In 2003 he joined Orsted’s Risk and Model Development. In 2006 he moved to Standard Bank as a Credit Derivatives Business Analyst and then to Spar Nord Bank in 2010. He joined Absalon Capital in 2018 as Chief Risk Officer.