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CQS
"CQS is a special place. A place where people are intellectually stimulated and do exceptional things, and where agile minds work powerfully and nimbly together. I thrive on the 'battle of ideas' and love the business"
Sir Michael Hintze, Founder and CEO

CQS is a credit-focused multi-strategy asset manager founded by Sir Michael Hintze in 1999. Our deep experience allows us to offer solutions for investors across a range of return objectives and risk appetites. We are an active asset manager with expertise across the credit spectrum, including corporate credit, structured credit, asset backed securities, convertibles and loans. We are committed to delivering performance and high levels of service to our investors.

CQS has investment offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. 

To us investment is about finding value where it is hard to identify. Looking further and deeper permeates everything we do. We are very clear about our strengths and focused on our core capabilities, in which we have a proven track record.

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CQS

CQS is a credit-focused multi-strategy asset manager founded by Sir Michael Hintze in 1999. Our deep experience allows us to offer solutions for investors across a range of return objectives and risk appetites. We are an active asset manager with expertise across the credit spectrum, including corporate credit, structured credit, asset backed securities, convertibles and loans. We are committed to delivering performance and high levels of service to our investors.

CQS has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. Our investors include pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, endowments and foundations, and private banks.

Our Philosophy

Knowledge has become a commodity and is no longer a driver of differentiation. We have to go further to find an edge. Our fundamental belief is that it is our rigorous hard work that enables us to be imaginative.

Discipline and hard work generate insight. It is curiosity and imagination that drive us to look beyond the generally accepted to achieve success for our investors. 

To us investment is about finding value where it is hard to identify. Looking further and deeper permeates everything we do. We are very clear about our strengths and focused on our core capabilities, in which we have a proven track record.

The CQS Difference

There are four key disciplines at the heart of our investment decision-making.

There is an openness which is embraced throughout our firm: we debate, discuss, agree and differ. This we believe leads to well-informed perspectives on where value lies. Openness is also at the heart of our client relationships. We are committed to clear communication and transparency to engender trust with our investors.

We are holistic in our outlook: in our thinking and in our strategic expression through our investments. For us holistic does not just mean the ability to look at different markets. It is about a broad range of inputs, including economic policies, geopolitics and technological change, which influence the investment landscape.

We relish complexity: by looking deeper, by deciphering, we can find value which is not obvious at the surface. Our team of credit experts seeks not only to price risk, but to assess the nature of that risk over time and across the capital structure. This provides the sophisticated insight needed to be confident in determining relative value between issuers, sectors and geographies.

We look to the long-term as a firm and are built to endure: we have applied the same level of rigour and discipline to the operational elements of CQS. We are clear that our investors pay us to take investment risk, not operational risk. To this end, our structure has evolved to embed strong and clear governance.