Dr Christian Baylis

Ph.D (Econometrics), Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Dr Christian Baylis is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Fortlake. Chrisitan is responsible for overseeing the investment process and investment team. He is also a member of the Fortlake Asset Management Board.

Christian is a highly regarded Australian-based manager with broad experience across global fixed income and derivatives strategies, having worked previously at UBS Asset Management and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

Christian is pleased to be investing along-side some of the most respected global financial services firms who support Fortlake’s institutional capabilities and unique operating framework.

Christian managed in excess of $8 billion AUM and was the lead Portfolio Manager in the UBS Australian Fixed Income team for the UBS Cash Plus Fund, the Insurance and ALM book of business and ran a complex suite of overlay strategies for large cross-border liability clients. Christian was also a member of the Global Multi Strategy Committee and was appointed as the Australian representative for the Global Dynamic Fund, the core global unconstrained Fixed Income offering for UBS Asset Management.

Christian was the Head of Derivative Strategy, Inflation Linked Assets and Credit Trading across the Australian Fixed Income business, managing in excess of $26 billion. This role incorporated oversight of Sector Strategy – incorporating Semi-government and Sovereign Supra National Agencies (SSAs) and the development of the associated ESG framework for these assets. As a member of the Global Multi Strategy Committee Christian was actively involved in the macro analysis and research of fixed income markets for the global Fixed Income business.

Christian joined UBS Asset Management in March 2011. Whilst managing the UBS Cash-Plus Fund from March 2011 to May 2020, Christian obtained the only ‘Highly Recommended’ rating from Zenith for consecutive years 2017 – 2020 for the Short-Term Credit category. Prior to this, he was a Senior Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), managing the Bank’s investment portfolio, liquidity and liability profile. Prior to his role at the RBA, Christian worked for Standard and Poor’s, as a Rating Specialist conducting rating assessments and research.

Christian has a PhD in Econometrics from Monash University and was a recipient of the distinguished Exceed First Class Honours award, receiving a perfect GPA. Christian won the Australian Postgraduate Scholar Award at both University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney (USYD) for his work in the Econometrics field and was a visiting scholar at Monash University in the Econometrics faculty. Christian was also the recipient of the prestigious Capital Markets CRC PhD Scholarship where his work focused on alternative methods of inflation modelling, probability density functions and option implied distributions.