Meet the team

We are a tight-knit, collaborative, highly skilled team with a strong track record.

Senior team

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Ashees Jain
Chief Investment Officer. MA Asset Management, US
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Ashees is a Managing Director and Co-Head of US Credit Investments. He oversees all US portfolio investments and portfolio risk management. Ashees co-founded MA Asset Management in March 2013 and served as Chief Investment Officer until the acquisition by MA Financial Group in May 2023.

Prior to MA Asset Management, he served as the Executive Director of Nomura Securities in New York, in charge of underwriting and trading agency callable and rates structured notes. His responsibilities included developing innovative risk management methodologies and building electronic trading capabilities. Prior to joining Nomura Securities, Ashees served as Vice President at Barclay’s Capital in both New York and London, trading derivatives-based securities. He began his career as Consultant in Financial Services with Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

Ashees earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University in 1999 and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in 2005, where he was recognized as a Park Fellow.

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JP Marra
Head of MA Asset Management, US
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JP is a Managing Director and Co-Head of US Credit Investments. JP focuses on relationship management, origination sourcing, pipeline agreements and the overall risk management of the investment portfolio. He is also responsible for managing the strategic and cultural direction of the US business. JP MA Asset Management in March 2013 and served as Chief Executive Officer until the acquisition by MA Financial Group in May 2023.

Prior to MA Asset Management, JP served as a Managing Director at Nomura Securities in New York, where he was the Head of Cash Rates Trading which included the Primary Dealer, repo, agency, inflation-linked, and frequent borrower businesses. Prior to joining Nomura Securities, JP spent four years at Bank of America as Managing Director and Head of High Grade Rates where he managed teams in the Americas, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. The High Grade Rates unit included central funding, treasury, the Primary Dealer, and global futures. He began his career as an Analyst at Lehman Brothers and moved into flow trading first as an agency trader and then as a treasury trader responsible for the 10yr sector. Working his way up to Managing Director, he went on to lead the Primary Dealer, mortgage pass-through, and agency trading businesses during his 14-year tenure at Lehman Brothers.

JP holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Trinity College. He has received Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses.

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Kent Macwilliams
Head of Credit Investments. MA Asset Management, US
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Kent is a Managing Director and Head of US Specialty Finance Investments. He has over 19 years of investment and operational business experience in fixed-income and private credit. He focuses on sourcing, structuring and executing transactions across all US private credit opportunities, with a focus on the Specialty Finance verticals. As part of his role, he also oversees the credit and due diligence framework for the US business and assists with portfolio construction and liability management.

Kent spent the first nine years of his career at UBS, where he most recently served as Director and Portfolio Manager. In that role, he jointly managed over $800 million in structured products and whole loans on behalf of the Swiss National Bank. As a Portfolio Manager, Kent specialized in risk management, cash flow modeling, and market surveillance. Before this role, he held various positions within the bank, including Head of Fund Treasury, Valuations Specialist (US Credit), and Business Unit Controller (Municipals).

Kent graduated from the Kania School of Business at the University of Scranton with a degree in Business Management. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

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Brad Wolfthal
Head of Product Development, US
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Brad is the Head of Product Development. He oversees the new origination pipeline, new product initiatives, and firm capital planning. He also focuses on existing partnerships to develop further opportunities and value for shareholders.

Most recently, Brad was the Global Head of Front-End Trading and Finance at Nomura Securities and a member of the Fixed Income Americas Executive Committee, where he had daily responsibility for the global financing business and the short-term US Government and Agency Securities trading franchise. Prior to Nomura, Brad held a similar role as the Head of Global Financing and Front-End Trading at Bank of America Securities. Brad began his career at Lehman Brothers, spending over 20 years in various operational, management, and front-office trading roles.

Brad earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College.

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