Managing Partner & Co-CIO, KLS Diversified Asset Management LP
Jeff is the Managing Partner and Co-CIO of KLS Diversified Asset Management, a fixed income investment advisor he co-founded in 2007. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in fixed income and investment banking, 17 of which at Merrill Lynch. When he left the company in the summer of 2006, he was a Senior Vice President, a member of the firm's Operating Committee and Head of Global Credit, Real Estate and Structured Products in the Global Markets & Investment Banking division. In that capacity, he was responsible for trading and principal investments in credit, commercial and residential real estate and asset-backed securities. He also managed the origination activities in mortgages, asset-backed products and commercial real estate, including commercial real estate investment banking. In addition, Jeff was responsible for many of the investment and lending activities of Merrill Lynch’s Bank Group, including mortgage portfolios. He also co-headed Merrill Lynch's middle-market lending business called Merrill Lynch Capital. Prior roles included Head of Global Debt and Credit Derivatives, which encompassed Commodities and Global Liquidity businesses. He also headed Merrill Lynch’s Global Debt eCommerce business and the Structured Transaction Review Committee. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Jeff was Head of Fixed Income at L.F. Rothschild and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Jeff started his career in 1978 at Salomon Brothers as one of the initial members of the firm’s Mortgage Department, where he served as a Managing Director.
Jeff received a B.S. in Accounting in 1977, magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1978, both from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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