James Fellows, CFA
Mr. Fellows is the Chief Investment Officer of First Eagle Alternative Credit and Head of its Tradable Credit platform. He also serves on the firm’s Global Investment Committee and the Investment Committees of both its Tradable Credit and Direct Lending platforms.Mr. Fellows became part of First Eagle in 2020 upon the firm’s acquisition of THL Credit. Mr. Fellows has more than twenty-eight years of investment industry experience, principally in the area of leveraged finance. Prior to joining THL Credit in 2012, Mr. Fellows was Co-Head, Alternative Credit Strategies Group of McDonnell Investment Management, LLC, where he helped establish and manage three cash flow CLOs, a leveraged loan opportunity fund and unleveraged fund and a separate account.From 1998 to April 2004, Mr. Fellows was a Senior Vice President at Columbia Advisors, where he served as Co-Portfolio Manager for two continuously offered closed-end funds and four structured product vehicles from their inception, including two CLOs.Prior to joining Columbia Advisors in 1998, Mr. Fellows was a Senior Credit Analyst for Van Kampen Investments in its Bank Loan Investment Group. While at Van Kampen, Mr. Fellows also served as a Credit Analyst for high-yield bonds and privately placed mezzanine bonds. Other responsibilities with Van Kampen included training junior credit analysts for its bank loans and high-yield groups. Mr. Fellows brings extensive knowledge of high-yield bank loans and high-yield bonds, as well as in-depth workout, restructuring and distressed investment experience.Mr. Fellows earned his B.S. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Nebraska, is a member of The CFA Institute, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.