Chris Barris

Chris Barris
Global Head of High Yield & Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Chris is the Global Head of High Yield and Deputy Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible for managing all U.S. and global high yield portfolios, and has extensive experience managing a broad range of high yield bond strategies for both institutional and retail funds. Chris is also responsible for managing Alcentra’s multi-asset credit portfolios, including US and European bonds and loans. Chris has considerable experience in credit analysis with over 25 years of investment experience. 

Chris joined Alcentra in January 2013 as part of the combination of Alcentra with Standish Mellon Asset Management’s high yield business, another subsidiary of BNY Mellon. He joined Standish in 2005 as a Senior Credit Analyst, and elevated to Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for US and global high yield investments. He joined Standish from State Street Research & Management where he was as a high yield research analyst. Prior to that, he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston (Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette) in the leveraged finance group.

Chris has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a B.A. from Hamilton College.


  • EuroHedge Awards 2017 Winner
  • Barron’s
  • HFMWeek 2017 - European Performance Awards
  • Global Capital Awards 2016 - Best Institutional Investor in Senior Loans
  • ALT Credit Intelligence 2016 - European Performance Award
  • BarclayHedge 2015 - Ranked #1 in the Distressed Securities Category
  • CreditFlux 2015 - Manager Awards 2015
  • Private Debt Investor Awards 2014 - Deal of the Year
  • Private Debt Investor Awards 2014 - Direct Lender of the Year
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