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 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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Timothy O’Hara
Global Co-Head of Credit
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

  • What we expect in credit markets

    Jan 13, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Credit markets are seeing greater demand in a low yield world. In our 2021 Global Credit Outlook, we offer investors three themes to steer by as they navigate public and private credit markets in the year ahead.
  • ESG moves centre stage in private debt

    Dec 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Private debt strategies can work with borrowers on ESG issues. Sonia Richer, Head of Research for European Middle Market Private Debt, explains how.
  • A different kind of distressed-credit cycle

    Nov 16, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The pandemic is likely to drive a significant wave of restructuring that calls for a broader range of solutions than seen in prior cycles.
  • Global Credit Forum

    Sep 30, 2020
    Explore the on-demand content from our virtual Global Credit Forum in September 2020, where BlackRock leaders were joined by industry experts.
  • The Bid Podcast: How has the coronavirus impacted companies?

    By Jimmy Keenan
    Jimmy Keenan, CIO and Global Co-Head of Credit, talks about what it really means for a company to default, how businesses are navigating the pandemic and how to invest in a low-interest-rate world.
  • A credit cycle like no other

    Jul 20, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In a credit market transformed by Covid-19 and record stimulus, we explore investment opportunities amid significant sector dispersion and a likely wave of distress.
  • Credit downgrades and fallen angels

    Jul 1, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We explore the current credit downgrade landscape and look at two different ways to navigate credit markets given this new environment.
  • Direct lending's next chapter

    May 28, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Markets have shifted, but there’s still a cohort of resilient, middle-market companies that need private capital.
  • Opportunities and risks in credit markets

    Apr 9, 2020
    We discuss opportunities and risks developing in credit markets amid historic volatility and unprecedented monetary policy.
  • Current dynamics in credit markets

    Mar 25, 2020
    We discuss conditions across public and private markets, including leveraged finance and distressed credit.
  • Private Markets 2020

    Feb 21, 2020
    Our guide to private markets offers a timely analysis of 13 distinct asset classes organized by three common outcomes.
  • Q&A: Private debt in transition?

    Jan 20, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We explore what shape the European private debt market will take and the trends to watch in the medium term.
  • Global credit outlook

    Jan 29, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We expect returns in 2020 to be closer to the average coupon of the market, but with greater underlying dispersion.
  • Opportunities across global credit market

    Nov 12, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Dispersion is rising and investors are beginning to express concern about growing credit risks at a late point in the cycle.
  • Direct lending in a late-cycle climate

    Aug 23, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Investor interest in middle-market direct lending has increased significantly since the early 2000s and continues to grow.

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.

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    Credit Investing markets

    James starts with defining credit and sharing where the opportunity as expanded. He shares examples of when successfully navigating the global credit markets can fit within an asset allocation framework as well as lead to alpha

    The evolution of distressed investing

    By BlackRock
    Mark shares the foundations of distressed investing and the variety of strategies that investment managers employ to generate returns in distressed securities. Mark also explains the seven steps to distressed credit analysis as well as a brief histor...

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