Credit is a core pillar of BlackRock’s alternatives platform. BlackRock’s US$121 billion global credit platform has a long history of seeking to deliver client outcomes aligned to objectives across public and private credit markets.

Why BlackRock for credit?

The coronavirus shock is fundamentally reshaping the investment landscape, and credit may be called upon to play a larger role in fulfilling investors’ income and capital growth needs. In periods of greater economic uncertainty where risks remain high and markets volatile, achieving superior risk-adjusted results through the credit cycle requires a different kind of partner. BlackRock’s global credit platform seeks to deliver outperformance with true partnership.

Fundamental bottom-up investors powered by a global platform
Fundamental bottom-up investors powered by a global platform
We combine deep and local expertise to drive analysis and decision-making enabling us the opportunity to generate returns that drive resilient portfolios.
Superior access to quality investment opportunities
Superior access to quality investment opportunities
Our scale, deep networks in liquid and illiquid markets, and a brand that makes us a preferred partner for companies seeking capital are core to our ability to generate alpha.
Fundamental credit research
Insights amplified with analytics and technology
A market-leading analytics and technology enable our information edge, resulting in greater transparency, better investment decisions, and more robust portfolio construction.
Global Credit Forum
BlackRock’s Global Credit Forum Hub hosts a series of content showcasing insights from leading industry authorities, former high-level policymakers, company executives and credit investors shared during the conference.
Credit Forum

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One shared investment philosophy and process

We are fundamentally investing across global credit markets while integrating the vast investment and technology resources of BlackRock to seek attractive risk-adjusted results.

Deep credit investment expertise with breadth of global resources not commonly found in credit boutiques

Our shared credit investment philosophy and process

BlackRock, as of September 14, 2020. For illustrative purposes only.

A full suite of credit solutions

We invest in a range of investment opportunities with varying risk, return, liquidity and time horizon. Our platform is aligned globally across three investment pillars – leveraged finance, multi-strategy credit and private credit.

  • Leveraged finance: One of the market-leading platforms in high yield, bank loan and CLO investing
  • Multi-strategy credit: Flexible opportunities for owning credit throughout the cycle in public, public-private blended and long/short strategies
  • Private credit: Deep and experienced teams investing across US, European and Asian private markets in direct lending, opportunistic and event-driven strategies
A full suite of credit solutions: leveraged finance, multi-strategy and private credit

Source: BlackRock, as of June 30, 2019. For illustrative purposes only.

Meet the BlackRock team

BlackRock’s credit platform currently manages over US$121 billion in assets among 210+ professionals with 20+ years of average investment experience across 19 offices globally.

BlackRock’s credit platform currently manages over US$121 billion in assets among 210+ professionals with 20+ years of average investment experience across 19 offices globally.


Source: BlackRock, as of June 30, 2020. Average years of expertise reflected at Director and Managing Director levels.


Jimmy Keenan
Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Global Co-Head of Credit
Jimmy Keenan is CIO and Global Co-Head of Credit within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He leads the strategy for Global Fundamental Credit.
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Tim O’Hara
Global Co-Head of Credit, BlackRock Alternative Investors
Timothy O'Hara is the Global Co-Head of Credit who is responsible for determining the strategic direction and growth initiatives of the Global Credit platform.
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BlackRock’s latest credit investing insights

Learn about credit investing with the BlackRock Educational Academy (BEA)

BEA introduces how to invest in credit across both public and private markets. In addition, how to course credit opportunities in private markets and to include it as part of your whole portfolio.   Nitin and Olivia, please provide 2-3 sentence introduction to credit within BEA.

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BlackRock clients can now login to access the full trainings on-demand. We invite you to experience the full educational academy by logging into our secure online portal.

Sessions now available on-demand


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