NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) today announced that Craig S. Phillips has joined the Company as head of its Financial Markets Advisory group, a part of BlackRock Solutions® (BRS). Mr. Phillips will report to Charles S. Hallac, Vice Chairman and head of BRS. BRS offers a wide range of services to institutional investors and financial institutions to manage their capital markets exposures. These services range from investment tools, risk analytics, and highly sophisticated enterprise investment systems, to restructuring, capital markets advice and transaction execution.
BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory team works with clients increasingly to manage their capital markets exposure and businesses. In the past year, the team has helped clients navigate through financial turmoil. BlackRock has come to be known as a solutions provider by our clients, prospects and the public. This reputation continues to grow, and in these times of tremendous market volatility and dislocation, financial institutions have continued to turn to BlackRock for assistance in managing, restructuring, and valuing portfolios with distressed capital markets exposures. In the past year alone, we have advised on or managed distressed portfolios totaling more than $150 billion, some of which have been highly publicized mandates.
These assignments have confirmed BlackRock’s leadership in managing and valuing portfolios of mortgages and structured financial instruments. As of first quarter, BlackRock's new business pipeline included $62.5 billion of wins funded, or to be funded, in advisory assets under management.
“Craig Phillips has been involved in the global asset-based finance markets for more than 30 years and is recognized as a leader in the development of the securitized debt markets,” said Mr. Hallac. “We are looking forward to drawing on Craig’s deep asset and risk management expertise as we work to broaden and enhance our firm’s Financial Markets Advisory capabilities.”
Mr. Phillips added, “I am excited to have joined BlackRock. The fiduciary culture, breadth and depth of talent, and risk systems are unmatched in the industry, making this a unique opportunity to help grow the advisory business.”
Mr. Phillips was Managing Member of Ptarmigan Capital LLC, an alternative asset management firm. From 1994 to 2006, he served as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and was the global head of its Securitized Products Group, which conducted lending, securities underwriting and secondary trading activities across the residential mortgage, commercial mortgage, and consumer and commercial asset-backed sectors. He previously was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston and co-head of its U.S. Securitization Group.
Financial Markets Advisory group draws on the risk management systems and analytics of BRS’ Aladdin® product, which have been developed and used by BlackRock for over 15 years. BlackRock Solutions provides services to many of the largest and most sophisticated financial institutions in the world and maintained more than $6 trillion in securities and derivatives on the platform as of March 31, 2008.
At year-end 2007, BRS was managing 115 distinct assignments for nearly 100 clients, providing services for a well diversified universe of institutional investors including banks, insurance companies, broker dealers, asset managers, hedge funds, pensions, endowments, foundations and other financial institutions.
BlackRock is one of the world’s largest publicly traded investment management firms. At March 31, 2008, BlackRock’s AUM was $1.364 trillion. The firm manages assets on behalf of institutions and individuals worldwide through a variety of equity, fixed income, cash management and alternative investment products. In addition, a growing number of institutional investors use BlackRock Solutions investment system, risk management and financial advisory services. Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2008, the firm has approximately 5,600 employees in 19 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com.
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