ZAIS Group, LLC ("ZAIS") is an alternative credit manager focused on specialized credit strategies.
Founded in 1997 and based in Holmdel, NJ, ZAIS has invested across multiple credit cycles at various levels in the capital structures of corporate and asset-backed securities. ZAIS has approximately $6.2 billion in assets under management.(1)
We offer a platform of complementary and diverse products, ranging from commingled funds to bespoke strategies in managed accounts and special situation vehicles to meet our clients' and investors' varying needs.
ZAIS's investments have traditionally included CLOs, RMBS, CMBS, ABS and other credit products throughout North America and Europe.
ZAIS is one of a few alternative credit managers with over a twenty-five year history. Our history and experience provide several distinct competitive advantages.
ZAIS has consistently invested in alternative credit for over twenty-five years. Our history has allowed us to deepen our skillsets and our understanding of the credit markets. As a result, we have seen many alternative credit transactions since the 1990s and have managed through a diverse range of credit cycles.
ZAIS’s clientele includes a long-term base, some of which have been invested with us for more than a decade. Over the years our clients have included: public and private pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, family offices, funds-of-funds, sovereign wealth funds and other investment advisors.
We believe the longevity of our investment team reflects our focus and gives us an advantage in our core markets. For example, the core securitized credit team has been together for more than a decade and, combined, has multiple decades of sector-specific experience.
As of March 31, 2023, ZAIS Group’s AUM is primarily comprised of (i) total assets for mark-to-market funds and separately managed accounts; (ii) uncalled capital commitments, if any, for funds that are not in liquidation; and (iii) for issued structured vehicles, all assets being managed calculated per the management fee basis methodology defined in the respective vehicle’s indenture; in certain circumstances, management fees may be waived. AUM also includes assets in the warehouse phase for new ZAIS Managed CLOs and is based on actual assets managed without reductions for leverage. ZAIS Group’s March 31, 2023 AUM uses values for certain structured vehicles that have been determined prior to March 31, 2023 based on the most recent trustee report received as of March 31, 2023 for the relevant vehicle.