Alternative Investments

Global Credit

Credit is a core pillar of BlackRock’s alternatives platform. BlackRock’s US $142 billion global credit platform has a long history of seeking to deliver client outcomes aligned to objectives across public and private credit markets.

What is Credit?

Credit is lending to businesses or governments, at rates based on the riskiness of the borrower. Types span public and private markets and include corporate bonds, bank loans and structured products, offering a wide set of investment opportunities.

Why BlackRock for credit?

With fixed income yields historically low and the impact of the pandemic significantly reshaping the investment landscape, 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.
Insights amplified with analytics and technology
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.

BlackRock Global Credit offerings

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: 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 U.S., European and Asian private markets in direct lending, opportunistic and event-driven strategies

Meet the BlackRock team

BlackRock’s credit platform currently manages over US $142 billion in assets in assets among 210+ professionals with 20+ years of average investment experience across 19 offices globally.

Meet the BlackRock team

Source: BlackRock, as of Dec 31, 2020 (US $142B quoted as managed AUM + dry powder). Average years of expertise reflected at Director and Managing Director levels.


James Keenan
Chief Investment Officer & Global Head of Credit
James Keenan, CFA, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer & Global Head of Credit who leads the strategy for Global Fundamental Credit.