James Fellows CFA
CIO of FEAC, Head of Tradable Credit Team
- Industry start1987
- Year joined2004
James Fellows is the chief investment officer of First Eagle Alternative Credit and head of its Tradable Credit team. He also serves on the firm’s global investment committee and the investment committees of both its Tradable Credit and Direct Lending platforms. Jim became part of First Eagle in 2020 upon the firm’s acquisition of THL Credit, which he had joined in 2004. Previously, Jim was co-head of the alternative credit strategies group at McDonnell Investment Management, where he helped establish and manage three cash flow CLOs, a leveraged loan opportunity fund, an unleveraged fund and a separate account. Before that, he was a senior vice president at Columbia Management Advisors, where he served as co-portfolio manager for two continuously offered closed-end funds and four structured product vehicles from inception, including two CLOs. Previously, Jim was a senior credit analyst in the bank loan investment group at Van Kampen Investments, where he also served as a credit analyst for high yield bonds and privately placed mezzanine bonds and was responsible for training junior credit analysts for the firm’s bank loan and high yield groups. Jim earned a BS in economics and finance from the University of Nebraska. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.