Michael O’Brien leaves Eaton Vance for new firm

Dan Barnes

Michael O’Brien, former director of global trading at Eaton Vance, has joined Artisan Partners Asset Management with several colleagues. Artisan has announced that O’Brien, Michael Cirami and Sarah Orvin – both also from Eaton Vance – have joined Artisan Partners to build the firm’s newest autonomous investment franchise.

At Artisan Partners, O’Brien, Cirami and Orvin are expected to develop active, differentiated strategies with broad exposure to the emerging markets debt asset class. The firm plans to launch the team’s initial strategies during the first half of 2022.

O’Brien had been promoted to co-director, global fixed income at Eaton Vance in June. Eaton Vance was acquired by Morgan Stanley Investment Management in 2020 for US$7 billion, giving the group a combined AUM of US$1.2 trillion

Cirami will join Artisan Partners as managing director and lead portfolio manager having spent the last 18 years at Eaton Vance as co-director of emerging markets and a portfolio manager on Eaton Vance’s emerging markets team. Orvin joins Artisan Partners as portfolio manager and one of the three founding members of the team. She previously served as portfolio manager on the emerging markets team at Eaton Vance.

Artisan Partners CEO Eric Colson said, “We are pleased to have Mike, Mike and Sarah join our firm. They are a great fit for Artisan as we continue to bolster our investment capabilities into new asset classes, while staying committed to talent-driven, high value-added investment management. We look forward to working with them to further build the team and launch their initial strategies.”

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