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MainFirst –
Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund

MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund is a corporate bond fund that invests primarily in emerging and frontier markets. It pursues a high-yield strategy with a high-conviction, active investment approach and rigorous risk management. The fund aims to systematically outperform the benchmark index and generate long-term capital growth and substantial returns in the process.

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MainFirst –
Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund

MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund is a corporate bond fund that invests primarily in emerging and frontier markets. It pursues a high-yield strategy with a high-conviction, active investment approach and rigorous risk management. The fund aims to systematically outperform the benchmark index and generate long-term capital growth and substantial returns in the process.

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MainFirst – Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund

More about the fund

MAINFIRST hereby informs about upcoming changes in the Portfolio Management Team of the two sub-funds of the MAINFIRST SICAV, the MAINFIRST - EMERGING MARKETS CORPORATE BOND FUND BALANCED and the MAINFIRST - EMERGING MARKETS CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES FUND. The four team members of the Emerging Markets Team: Dorothea Fröhlich, Tanja Kusterer, Dimitros Nteventzis and Thomas Rutz, will leave the company to pursue new professional opportunities.

The funds are very popular among our clients and they continuously demonstrate a convincing performance. MAINFIRST also plans to further expand the existing emerging markets offering and incorporate ESG factors to an even greater extent.

The team was recently expanded by the addition of two fixed-income experts, Roman Kostal and Astrid Vogler. A seamless transition will be ensured by working closely with the existing team until their departure at the end of October. In parallel, MAINFIRST is already working on filling the positions in the Emerging Markets Team with further outstanding experts. Intensive discussions are already taking place with highly qualified candidates.

Roman Kostal is already responsible for the management of various MAINFIRST Emerging Markets mandates. With more than 20 years’ professional experience as a Fund Manager, he has proven his ability to add value for investors in various market phases.

Astrid Vogler has been successfully managing global fixed income products for more than 30 years. The two experts have been a well-established investment team for 20 years.

For MAINFIRST, investor interests have the highest priority. Therefore, we will continue to use all our expertise to ensure that the strategies concerned meet the expectations of their investors at all times.

MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund focuses on emerging and frontier markets. It invests in high-yield corporate bonds and debt securities issued by government authorities, central and regional banks. The selected hard currency investments mainly include bonds, including zero-coupon bonds, short-term debt securities and similar debt instruments. Stock selection is based on bottom-up analyses. This also includes second-tier companies that are established in niche markets but are undervalued.

The portfolio managers responsible for MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund pursue a high-yield strategy and apply a fundamental, active investment approach. All positions are hedged as part of a rigorous risk management process, which also includes defining a stop-loss and a profit target. In addition, the fund managers perform a five-step analysis of the emerging market companies that involves comparing credit ratings as part of the contrarian investment approach. The comparison is performed at country, sector and company levels, among others. This ensures that opportunities and risks can be weighed up against each other in detail and exploited in the best possible way. MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund aims to systematically outperform the benchmark index and achieve long-term capital growth and thus generate substantial returns.

The fund management team consists of  Thomas RutzDorothea Fröhlich, Roman Kostal and Astrid Vogler.


  • Flexible investment policy without benchmarking
  • Fixed income funds: yield growth or price increases, respectively, on the pension markets and/or reduction of the yield mark-up for securities bearing higher interest rates
  • Foreign exchange gains, if applicable                                                                               


  • Fixed income funds: yield reduction or price losses, respectively, on the pension markets and/or increase of the yield mark-up for securities bearing higher interest rates
  • Generally: country risk, solvency and/or credit risks of issuers and/or counterparties
  • Use of derivative financial instruments, if applicable
  • Foreign exchange risks, if applicable
  • The share value may drop below the purchase price the customer paid for the share at any

For detailed information on opportunities and risks, please refer to the current sales prospectus.


MainFirst is committed to the Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) for all investments.


In addition, the fund management team wants to make the world a better place by actively investing sustainably. Therefore, we strengthen the sustainability approach of the MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund by excluding other sectors:


Energy & Environment:

  • Thermal Coal


Value-based sectors:

    • Tobacco


Defence & Military

    • Armaments


ESG risk analysis
For us, sustainable investing means incorporating ESG risks as a key aspect of the investment process into our investment decisions. During this process, the companies in the MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund are also checked for existing ESG risks using the database of the external rating agency Sustainalytics. This is primarily a qualitative process.


The exclusion of companies that do not meet the criteria of human rights, labour rights, environment or anti-corruption according to the Global Standards of the UN Global Compact is also a basic requirement of the investment.


The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is a measure of how well the companies in the portfolio manage their ESG risk relative to the other funds in the global fund category.

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