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Profile

Moritz Sterzinger

Director

As part of the Private Equity team here at JCRA, I mainly focus on advising financial sponsors and their portfolio companies on how to manage their risk associated with interest rates, FX and commodities. Most of my clients are located in the German-speaking regions, the Nordics and the Netherlands, where I also get involved in transactions from other sectors, such as property and infrastructure.

T: +44 (0)207 493 3310

Email Moritz

Expertise

  • Private Equity
  • Commodity Hedging
  • Corporates
  • Deal Contingent Hedging
  • FX Hedging
  • Hedge Accounting
  • Inflation Hedging
  • Interest Rate Hedging

Qualifications

  • MSc Quantitative Finance, Kiel University
  • BSc Quantitative Finance, Kiel University

About Moritz

In addition to serving our existing clients, an important part of my role is to build the JCRA franchise in the geographies that I focus on.

Prior to joining JCRA in 2015, I was with BNP Paribas’s debt capital markets team working on bond issues, securitisations and capital transactions for DACH-based banks and insurance companies, covering German, Austrian and Swiss banks and insurance clients. 

Outside of work I like to spend my time surfing and snowboarding, which unfortunately does not happen too often, so instead you will find me playing basketball, football or the guitar. 

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Published work

Private Equity Deal Digest Q3 2019

This short paper looks at how interest rate hedging products have been used historically in the real estate market, how ...

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The Fed vs. the Forward Curve

There have been plenty of instances in recent years where markets have had a more pessimistic view than the Fed regarding the level of short-term interest rates that could be supported by the US economy...

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The discontinuation of (L)IBOR: many questions, very few answers

Regulators around the globe are attempting to steer markets away from the self-reported, manipulation-prone...

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Which way for interest rates?

Those with a longer time horizon and recession-proof assets might well decide that it pays to take advantage of the current swap rates on offer.

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A dispassionate bull case

Both central banks have thus signalled that they are not too dogmatic about tightening monetary conditions, which should reduce the risk of policy errors.

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How worrying is Quantitative Tightening?

As stock markets slowly recover from last year’s slide, discussions about the trigger for the sell-off still abound.

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A very binary world

Much of the financial world appears to be gripped by fears of an imminent global recession. It is a hot topic at conferences, where economic pundits seem to talk about little else and recently, the Economist ran a piece looking at what the next downturn might look like.

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Lessons from the FED’s interest rate normalisation: What we have learned, and what we have yet to figure out

Blink and you’ll miss it. Last week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by another 25bps, raising the upper bound to 2.25%.

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Is foreign currency debt the right answer for FX hedging?

Using debt as a natural FX hedge by matching it to the company’s EBITDA currency split, is a commonly deployed solution in private equity. For example, a EUR-reporting business, generating half its EBITDA in EUR and half in USD, would draw debt in these same proportions.

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Three currencies, three different interest rate regimes, a lot of uncertainty

One of our key messages when advising clients is that we don’t base our hedging recommendations on a particular market view. This doesn’t mean that we divorce ourselves completely from what is happening in financial markets, quite the contrary.

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