Artisan unveils bond funds for poached PMs at Eaton Vance

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Artisan Partners has launched two bond funds that will be managed by the emerging market debt PMs the firm pulled from Eaton Vance last year.

Artisan Portfolio Managers Michael Cirami and Sarah Orvin will manage the Unconstrained global artisan fund and the Craft Debt Opportunities in Emerging Markets funds, with immediate effect.

The duo joined Artisan in September 2021, leaving Eaton Vance to form a new team within Artisan called Artisan Partners EMsights Capital Group.

Cirami previously ran a number of funds for Boston-based Eaton Vance with collective assets estimated at $10 billion, including the $2.9 billion Eaton Vance Global Macro Absolute Return Fund, Eaton Vance Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage of $2.6 billion and the fund of $1.7 billion. bn Eaton Vance Emerging Markets Local Income Fund.

He left the asset manager in early September 2021, several weeks before news of his hiring by Artisan became public knowledge.

Artisan has a habit of hiring high profile teams or individuals from rival companies and pitching new funds for them. In 2020, he poached Chinese small-cap specialist Tiffany Hsiao from Matthews Asia, and in 2018 brought in global small-cap star Rezo Kanovich from OppenheimerFunds.

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