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Omega Advisors Mahmood Reza joins BlueMountain as PM for global financials investing

Monday, July 16, 2018
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Mahmood Reza has joined the firm's equities team as Portfolio Manager of Global Financials equity investments, effective July 9. The new hire reflects BlueMountain's continued commitment to expand its multi-sector equity strategy.

In the newly-created position, Mr. Reza will identify and manage BlueMountain's equity investments in global financials across a range of sub-sectors.

Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Reza was a portfolio manager and partner with Omega Advisors, where he was the sole portfolio manager specializing in financials for a multi-billion dollar long-short value-oriented fund. He previously held analyst positions with family office Rainin Group and Brahman Capital, and began his career at J.P. Morgan Securities as an investment banking analyst. Mr. Reza received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and holds a B.A. degree from Cornell University in Computer Science and Economics.

Mr. Reza will report to Lance Rosen, who joined Blue Mountain as Head of Equities last year.

Mr. Reza's hiring reflects BlueMountain's commitment to expand its long-short equity strategy, which covers industrials, energy, and financials, and will eventually include a range of other equity sectors.

"We're delighted to welcome Mahmood to BlueMountain," said Mr. Rosen. "His hiring is part of the expansion of our fundamental long-short equities team and reflects our view that a focused sector-based approach is the best way to capture the increasingly attractive opportunities in long-short equity. Mahmood's deep experience in the financial sector is a strong addition to our firm."

The firm plans to hire more sector portfolio managers and supporting analysts in the coming months. The addition of more fundamental long-short equity investment strategies complements the firm's quantitative and systematic equity investment strategies, led by Perry Vais.

"Our equities strategies have been and will continue to be a significant portion of our assets under management," said Stephen Siderow, Co-Founder and Co-President of BlueMountain. "The expansion of BlueMountain's equities strategies is part of a broader effort to strengthen our existing strategies and build new ones to enhance our integrated multi-strategy investment platform led by best-in-class talent."

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