David Czerniecki, senior managing director and head of the global collateralized debt obligation platform at XL Capital Assurance, is leaving to take a position at XL Capital Investment Partners. The entity is an affiliate of insurance parent XL Capital that handles its activities in the alternative investment class. Czerniecki, who has led the CDO platform for five and a half years, will focus on developing and underwriting structured products for the hedge fund market in his new role, according to an e-mail he sent to colleagues last week. "I will lead a business unit tasked with building a significant presence in the structured market for our hedge fund clients," he wrote. He was on vacation at the end of last week and did not return a call by press time.
Sarah Small, ceo of XL Capital Investment Partners, said Czerniecki's role is a new one and his position was created because the group plans to focus more on offering guarantees in the hedge fund arena. "We've done deals, what we've decided to do is put more resources against it." She declined to quantify its involvement up to now or forecast how active it will be with Czerniecki at the helm.
XL Capital Investment Partners is a three-pronged business. The other two groups advise its parent on all involvement in alternative assets and hold minority stakes in specialty asset managers. Small said it is currently a part-owner of eight firms, including Stanfield Capital Partners.
To replace Czerniecki, Sohail Rasul, managing director and head of XL's European CDO platform in London, will be relocating to New York.