Lead Portfolio Manager, Asia Private Credit, Alternative Investments, Asia Pacific, Allianz Global Investors
Sumit Bhandari is the Lead Portfolio Manager, Asia Private Credit, Alternative Investments with Allianz Global Investors based in Singapore. He joined the firm in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in investment management and business development.
Before joining AllianzGI, Sumit was a Portfolio Manager and Head of Private Credit for Abraaj in Asia. He was instrumental in setting up Abraaj’s Private Credit business in Asia and was a key-man for the fund. Prior to joining Abraaj, Sumit was a Director and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock in Singapore where he co-managed BlackRock's Asian Credit portfolios and was responsible for its illiquid, distressed and liquid fund investments.
Prior to BlackRock, he was a Vice President in the Principal Investments Group at Lehman Brothers in New York where he was responsible for co-managing Lehman’s US$ 2 billion portfolio of direct fixed income/mezzanine investments. He was involved in a number of prominent global restructurings post 2008. Before which, he was an M&A Analyst and then an Associate in the Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers in New York.
Sumit holds a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and a M.S. from University of Michigan.