Mesirow Financial Fixed Income Management Business Expands Offering

CHICAGO, October 23, 2017 – Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce the addition of a premier high yield and leveraged loans investment management team to complement its existing fixed income management strategies. The seven-person team, led by Robert Sydow and comprised of portfolio managers Kevin Buckle, CFA, and James Lisko, has a proven record in management of non-investment grade debt going back to the 1990s.

The team is reporting to Dominick Mondi, President of Mesirow Financial. They are working alongside Mesirow Financial existing fixed income strategies, led by Peter Hegel.

“We have been focused on building our credit-oriented strategies to enhance and diversify our business,” said Richard Price, Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial. “We have had a strong fixed income management business for many years, managing approximately $4.4 billion in assets today, and look forward to offering new fixed income solutions to our clients.”

“We could not be more excited to join Mesirow Financial,” said Sydow. “We are looking forward to being part of a growing platform such as Mesirow Financial with an established reputation in investment management and credit expertise.”

The team, whose investment philosophy and portfolio management has resulted in top-decile performance* since the 1990s, joins Mesirow Financial most recently from Pacific Income Advisors (PIA), an independent investment advisory firm managing assets for institutional and private clients. Prior to joining PIA in 2010, Sydow founded Grandview Capital in 1999 with many of today’s team members, and together they managed high yield bonds exclusively for one of the world’s leading family foundations. Before that, several of the team co-managed SunAmerica’s high yield fixed income investments, helping to substantially grow the assets over time.

“The team has consistently demonstrated top-decile performance in non-investment grade debt management over a long period of time with a differentiated and disciplined investment approach. This addition to our capabilities is a testament to our commitment to strive for best in class solutions to our clients worldwide,” said Mondi.

About Mesirow Financial and Fixed Income Management
Mesirow Financial is an independent, employee-owned firm founded in 1937. As specialists in investment, risk management and advisory services, we are committed to helping our institutional, corporate and individual clients achieve their specific objectives. Our professionals are inspired by an entrepreneurial desire to develop tailored solutions designed to deliver measurable results.

Mesirow Financial Fixed Income Management is a leading investment specialist delivering customized strategies that can help address each client's unique set of investment needs. It currently manages more than $4.4 billion in fixed income assets for institutional clients in the U.S. To learn more, please visit mesirowfinancial.com.

* According to PSN, with a reporting universe of 32 managers, both gross-of-fee or net-of-fee results.
Mesirow Financial refers to Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. and its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. The Mesirow Financial name and logo are registered service marks of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. © 2017.  All rights reserved. Mesirow Financial Fixed Income is a division of Mesirow Financial Investment Management, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.