After started its career in 1998 as a Credit Analyst at Fortis Bank in the risk department, Benjamin Sabahi participated in several primary and secondary LBO transactions as part of the bank’s Acquisition Finance department. It then joined Fortis’s Credit Research as a Sell Side Analyst in 2003 where he was on charge of the coverage of several sectors including Telecoms, Media, Healthcare and Chemicals. He participated to several new issues where Fortis was the lead arranger. In 2017, Benjamin intended to improve its skills and knowledge of the European HY market. He joined Exane as a Sell Side credit analyst and progressively handled Exane’s Corporate Credit Research. He set up and managed the Ellipsis High Yield fund during two years. Meanwhile, Benjamin consistently managed Exane HY Prioriry list, Exane’s top HY Buy / Sell recommendation and participated in several roadshows across Europe for HY funds, Hedge funds, Private Banks or family offices. Its expertise spans from straight bonds, convertible bonds to derivatives products such as CLN notes or delta one baskets made of HY bonds. Benjamin joined Spread Research to lead the European High Yield Research in January 2018.
Anthony joined Spread Research in 2012 as a junior analyst and was then included in the rating analyst team in June 2013. He holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance & Audit from the Lyon Institute of Business Administration, after being enrolled in several exchange programs in the Carleton University, Canada, as well as in the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Rémi joined Spread Research as a credit analyst in September 2016, after being a credit analyst intern at Acofi Gestion. He holds a Master’s degree with honors in Corporate Finance and Financial Market from the University Pantheon-Assas in Paris. As part of his studies, Rémi was enrolled in exchange program in the Rosemont University, Canada.
Marc worked on the buy side for 9 years. Most recently with ICG plc covering syndicated and direct lending French leverage finance transactions and previously for 6.5 years with AIB plc working on credit analysis of new transactions, portfolio monitoring and debt restructuring within the office of Dublin, Toronto, New York and London mainly on middle market and large cap syndicated leverage finance transactions. After graduation, Marc worked at Caisse Epargne Rhône Alpes Lyon in SME banking for 2.5 years. Marc graduated from ESIA engineer school with a master in Mechanical Engineering then from EM Lyon business school in Corporate Finance.
Jean-René worked for 4 years as a Credit Analyst in different corporations including AIG Europe and Groupama A.C.. He holds Master’s degrees in Corporate Finance from the Toulouse Institute of Business administration and in International Financial Analysis from Newcastle University Business School.
Joan joined Spread Research as a credit analyst intern and was then included in the credit analyst team in July 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Financial Markets from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, with part of his studies spent at the American business school in Madrid and as financial analyst at B* Capital and listed company 1000mercis.
Thomas worked for six years as a financial auditor for PwC before joining Spread Research in April 2018. He holds a Master ‘s degree in Finance from Audencia Business School, with part of his studies spent in University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Accounting (DSCG).
Djivan joined Spread Research as a credit analyst intern and was subsequently included in the credit analyst team. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from iaeLyon School of Management with part of his studies spent at Victoria University of Wellington and Coventry University.
Prior to joining the team in 2018, Maxime spent 3 years as an associate at Crescent Capital Group, one of the leading global debt funds with $25 billion of assets under management. At Crescent, Maxime was part of the European direct lending team based in London and in charge of originating loans for SMEs in Europe. Maxime started his career at Société Générale in 2013 in the High Yield Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance teams in London. He has a Master of Science in Corporate Finance and a Master in Management from Edhec Business School
Prior to joining the team in 2019, Johann spent 8.5 years in BNP Paribas, holding various positions in Coverage for large corporates from analyst to relationship manager in Madrid, London and Paris. Johann also has experiences within corporate having spent 1.5 year in the treasury department of a €500m turnover company. He has a Master in Corporate Finance from the University of Lyon 3 Jean-Moulin
Mirela joined Spread Research in January 2018 focusing on the commercial relations within EMEA. She has an excellent knowledge of the fixed-income market structure and instruments having been in charge of the EuroMTS indices business within LSE Group for 13 years.
Previous to that, she covered the European interest rates markets as a reporter with Dow Jones Newswires. Her career started at BNP Paribas, as an emerging markets bonds trader. Mirela is graduated from ESCP Europe.
Mathieu Vernay started its sales career at Société Générale Structured Products desk in 2014 after working as a Fixed Income Front Office assistant at Credit Mutuel.
Strong of its two masters in finance, he joined the business development team of Spread Research in 2015 where he is responsible for the development of the IRP activity.
Julien founded Spread Research in 2004, which has been recognised as a Credit Rating Agency by ESMA since July 2013. He has over 20 years of financial sector experience heading the High Yield Research at Dexia AM in Paris, the utility and telecom sector at BNP PARIBAS AM and laterally as a credit market risk analyst in BNP PARIBAS in London. Julien graduated from IFAG and holds a master in finance from UQAM in Canada.
Philippe has held various business and corporate roles in the financial services industry such as CEO of Euronext GmbH in Frankfurt, Executive Director of the Euronext Cash Markets, Deputy CEO of MTS France and Corporate Strategy Director of NYSE Euronext. Philippe has held several Board positions with regulated market infrastructures, notably Chairman of Bluenext SA, and was Board member of Spread Research from 2015 to 2017. Philippe earned an IT Engineer’s degree from ENSIIE and a Master in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po Paris.